PE history celebrated in stamps

Tremaine van Aardt

THE South African Post Office is to issue a set of 10 stamps and two envelopes next month that will commemorate Port Elizabeth’s centenary as a city. Founded as a town in 1820 to accommodate the British settlers, Port Elizabeth was declared a city on July 28 1913.

To celebrate this special event, the post office commissioned a leading photographer to create images for the stamps, which feature landmark buildings and historical and contemporary developments in the city.

The post office first roped in Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum exhibition coordinator Emma O’Brien to assist with the project.

“The post office contacted me and I put them onto freelance photographer Tim Hopwood, and he has been handling all the photography for the project. Stamps are South Africa’s smallest ambassadors and Tim didn’t disappoint in illustrating [them],” O’Brien said.

Five of the stamps have images of early buildings and developments in Nelson Mandela Bay. The images were derived from pictures and paintings found in the art museum’s archives.

Pictured are the old Donkin Reserve; the “Sir Frederick” tug in the Port Elizabeth harbour; the birth of Site and Service township, Port Elizabeth’s first township; the North End settlement; and the old Uitenhage railway station.

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