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GB235) GB 1899 Halfpenny Postal stationery card, uprated by ½d Vermilion QV Jubilee to Dr. David Gill CB FRO, Director Royal Observatory Cape of Good Hope, from The Royal Astronomical Society. Cancelled by London W 29 Duplexes of DE 12 99, and with Observatory Road C.G.H. cds of DE 30 99. A very quick sea journey, which today still takes 16 days! David Gill was one of the most remarkable astronomers in the history of Southern African Astronomy. When Gill took over, the Observatory was outdated. He set out to modernise the facility and when he retired, the Cape Observatory was one of the finest and best equipped observatories in the world. Gill pioneered astro photography and did an incredible amount of work towards establishing photographic catalogues of the Southern Sky. He was also a remarkable person outside of the field of astronomy. On 18 May 1869, at age 26 in a time when photography was still in its experimental stage, Gill took a picture of the Moon. It can safely be said that it was this achievement – the photograph was an excellent one, even by later standards – which drew attention to the young amateur and started him off on the career, which was to bring him international fame, and provide astronomers all over the world with a priceless new research tool.” A very rare survivor, price $295
GB233) GB 1901 2d Blue registered envelope to Robert Innes, Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope. Uprated by 2 x ½d Green Jubilees and cancelled with cds’s of Royal Exchange Birmingham of FE 15 01, additionally Birmingham oval reg’d cds on face of the same date plus London Hooded Registered cds in Violet of the following day. Reverse bears squared circle arrival h/stamp of Observatory Road, CGH dated MR 5 01. All clean strikes. Robert Thorburn Ayton Innes FRSE FRAS (10 November 1861 – 13 March 1933) was a Scottish astronomer best known for discovering Proxima Centauri in 1915, and numerous binary stars. He was also the first astronomer to have seen the Great January Comet of 1910, on 12 January. He was the founding director of a meteorological observatory in Johannesburg, which was later converted to an astronomical observatory and renamed to Union Observatory. He was the first Union Astronomer. Innes House, designed by Herbert Baker, built as his residence at the observatory, today houses the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers. Great Historical Item, price $495
GB247) GB 1902 1d UPU Postcard to Robert Innes, Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope from Bookseller Bernard Quaritch, Piccadilly stating that books requested have been sold. The Quaritch book company still exists. Card is cancelled by clean strike of London W. squared circle No. 65 dated FE 7 02. Reverse bears transit cds of G.P.O. Cape Town, Cape Colony of 25 FEB 02 and arrival cds at Observatory Road C.G.H. of the same day. Another remarkably quick sea journey of 18 days, against today’s 16. Robert Thorburn Ayton Innes FRSE FRAS (10 November 1861 – 13 March 1933) was a Scottish astronomer best known for discovering Proxima Centauri in 1915, and numerous binary stars. He was also the first astronomer to have seen the Great January Comet of 1910, on 12 January. He was the founding director of a meteorological observatory in Johannesburg, which was later converted to an astronomical observatory and renamed to Union Observatory. He was the first Union Astronomer. Innes House, designed by Herbert Baker, built as his residence at the observatory, today houses the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers. Great Historical Item, price $295
GB240/242) GB 1901 2 x Halfpenny Green QV complete Wrappers to Reg. Sergt. Major Hubert Reynolds, Imperial Yeomanry at Green Point Transit Camp, Cape Town. Bother are cancelled by Daventry Duplexes of MY 22 & JU 4 01 respectively. Green Point Common, Cape Town, during the Second Boer War was used as a transit camp for prisoners of war to be shipped to remote islands. Reynolds, Hubert 4894, Sergeant 37th Coy., 10th Bn. I.Y. is listed as a medal recipient for the Boer War. Scarce survivors, price $395 the pair.
GB251) GB 1902 Boer War small cover to a doctor at Boshof, Orange River Colony, re-addressed to Paarl, Cape Colony. Bears ½d Blue green KEVII cancelled by London E.C. No. 63 cds of 1 MR 02with Boshof arrival cds of AP 1 02, plus "Passed Censor Kimberley W. Elton Major" circular cachet, plus small circular P in blue. Reverse bears various transit cds’s including Boshof, Paarl and Kimberley, 2 x cds’s of MR 22 & AP 9 to reflect the redirection. Scarce item, price $350
GB252) GB 1948 Silver Wedding set on registered illustrated FDC, ‘South Norwood 8’ registration label, very neatly addressed, flap unsealed, lovely condition and rare! Price $1195
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