1897 Scott 71 2p green & carmine "Victoria"
Stamps of Great Britain 1881-87 Overprinted in BlackBud's Big Blue
Yikes! Another interloper (page 1, fourth stamp). The overprint should read not “British Bechuanaland” but “Bechuanaland Protectorate” (see the above replacement).
So, what’s the difference?
British Bechuanaland devolved into Cape Colony and eventually became part of the Union of South Africa while Bechuanaland Protectorate became, more or less, modern day Botswana. They are two different but closely related stamp issuing authorities. BB leaves out British Bechuanaland stamps altogether. Sad. I’ve put a few of them in the supplement pages for Bechuanaland Protectorate. Many of the feeder albums I’ve come across use the two interchangeably, although incorrectly.
During BB’s classic era, boundaries in Southern Africa were unsettled. In fact, the notion of national boundaries was foreign to tribal leaders. They operated on the basis of centers of power -- with chiefs and sub-chiefs -- not boundaries of authority. When the British and Dutch tried to impose European-style boundaries, they invariably got it wrong. The results: lots of bloodshed and, of less importance, lots of stamps for BB collectors.
Bechuanaland’s 1933 and 1938 crowned head series are similar to those of Basutoland, except the African scene has changed. I don’t think the baobab tree and cattle have the totemic potency of the crocodile.
Census: 36 in BB spaces, 26 on supplement pages including British Bechuanaland.
As usual, Big Blue could have been more generous with the coverage of the Bechuanaland Protectorate. But there is NO coverage of Bechuanaland, ... and never has been.
Bechuanaland Protectorate Blog Post and Checklist
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