The cover above was sent on March 3, 1937 from
Durban, South Africa to Jeff Corydon, President,
Proportioneers, Inc. in Providence, Rhode Island.
The stamp is the 1-Pence
"Jan van Riebeek's Ship -
Drommedaris" issue of 1926,
(Scott #23b Carmine & Black). The stamp was
issued as a se-Tenant with alternating English and Afrikaans versions of
the stamps. When collected off-cover, these stamps are normally valued
as a pair and are worth much less as singles.
The Cover passed through the New York Central Post
Office, (CPO) and was marked
Due / 8 / Cents. The Providence Post Office
added one 2-cent and two 3-cent postage due stamps which were lightly
canceled with a Providence machine cancel. I'm not sure what the
T / 40c
oval marking represents.
Proportioneers, Incorporated was
a Rhode Island company that was instrumental in developing the chemical
(Downflow Saturator) which introduces
to drinking water. There is a Jeff Corydon listed in genealogy records
as having been issued a SS# from Rhode Island who was born on
21, 1900 and died in West Virginia in
1976. There was no further
information on Mr. Corydon in census records.
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
(formerly Port Natal)
largest city of the KwaZulu/Natal Province and is South Africa's
main seaport. It is located
on Natal Bay in the Indian Ocean on the southeast coast.
Port Natal was
founded in 1824 by Francis G. Farewell on land ceded to the colonists by
Shaka, the Zulu king. Durban was
founded in 1835 on the site of Port
Development of Durban's harbor as one of the largest commercial ports in
the world began in 1855. The port today is a major container port and
point of entry for bulk goods and industrial equipment.
sugar and grain are exported and the city has a major oil refinery.
Tourism is important to the economy and is based on the proximity of the
city to the Kwa/Zulu/Natal Game and Nature Preserves and the beautiful
white-sand beaches that abound in the area. Durban's Indian population
is the largest in South Africa.