The Mafeking Mail. Special Siege Slips. Editor and manager G.N.H. Whales. Nos 11 (Nov. 15, 1899), 20, 32, 54, 81, 108, 117, 140, 146, 151, 153, 154 & 155 (June 4, 1900). 13 issues. Single sheet.


Published by Mafeking: printed and published by Townshend & Son. 1899-1900, 1899
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Ranging from 33 x 20cm to 37 x 29cm. ?Issued daily, shells permitting.? Price one shilling per week, payable in advance. Nos 11, 54 & 81 have 1 side of text only; printed on the dwindling paper stocks, issues vary from coloured tissue paper, heavy official paper (with blind royal government stamp) to accounting paper with ruled blue lines; no. 140 has a 2 inch tear to lower corner repaired with archival tape; issues are mostly remarkable v.g., bright & clean with some sm. marginal tears & creases. WITH: ?Natal Mercury? Souvenir Special. May 19, 1900. Price 1d. 43 x 27cm. Decorated with hand-coloured red & blue vertical stripes & a portrait of the ?Hero of Mafeking?, Col. Baden Powell; 2 tears along central fold, neatly repaired with archival tape; a few sm. marginal tears with 1 inch internal tear to foot of page not affecting text; a little dusted & marked but text & colour are mainly clean & bright. WITH: Mafeking Municipality Notice Nos 217 & 218 Rationing of the civil population. Printed on one side. 30 x 10cm. Issued daily, ?shells permitting?, 143 issues had been printed by the end of the siege, with printing continuing after May 17 as the Boer War continued elsewhere. Nov. 1, 1899 - 15 June 1900 (nos 1-165). These issues are the original numbers as printed during the siege. There are significant typographical differences between the originals and the reprints produced immediately after the siege. The Siege of Mafeking catapulted Baden Powell, colonel of British troops in the South Aftican town, into an instant national hero. Holding out for 217 days against the superior Boer numbers, Mafeking was finally relieved on May 17, 1900, when Colonel Mahon fought his way through the Boer ranks. Conan Doyle describes the Boer retreat: ?A long rolling trail of dust upon the Eastern horizon told that the famous siege of Mafeking had at last come to an end?. Bookseller Inventory # 48257

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Title: The Mafeking Mail. Special Siege Slips. ...

Publisher: Mafeking: printed and published by Townshend & Son. 1899-1900

Publication Date: 1899

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