Johnson’s Post

Johnson Philatelics receives Johnson’s Post mail

Envelope with Johnson's Post Cancellation

Johnson’s Post Cancellation

With the South African postal strike finally starting to lift, smaller cities such as Port Elizabeth are receiving masses of mail which has been delayed in Johannesburg and other sorting centres. Amongst the copious amounts of envelopes, we were delighted to discover one which proudly bears a JOHNSONS POST cancellation. Fellow philatelist, Joh Groenewald RDPSA, generously sent an item from Johnson’s Post near Mosselbay to Mr Richard Johnson, Director of Johnson Philatelics, who did not know this cancellation existed. Mr Groenewald is a well-known philatelic author in South Africa and is renowned for his knowledge of the Boer War. A list of his books can be found here.

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Scintillating Cyprus




In 1882, whilst awaiting the arrival of supplies of the 30pa definitives, this elusive provisional was in use for only seventeen days (22 May – 7 June)! Most of these provisionals were used postally whilst the remainders were used for accountancy purposes. This F/M example of the 30pa on 1pi rose (SG 24) is exceptionally rare unused thus and is currently available on our Swiss colleague’s website Filat AG.



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New Material Coming Soon!

After a successful visit to the Pretoria National Stamp Show the Johnson Team is looking forward to offering our clients new material which will be featured on Filat AG.

As a hint of the desirable items to come we present to you this 1907 KEVII 2/6 red cover booklet (SG SB2). F-VF unexploded example (one pane of six stamps removed) containing four complete panes of six 1d’s, the interleaves & covers intact. Stapled at left. Includes the rare first pane where the top left stamp is defaced by overprint “NOT FOR USE”, the additional 1d defraying the cost of production – see footnote in SG. Some minor imperfections, generally very good condition for this exceedingly elusive booklet. An exhibition piece and great rarity! (cv£3000). 20,580 of these booklets were produced but very few survive.

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Website Under Construction Gets Facelift

After many years of faithful service we are overhauling our website to make it more user-friendly with a fresh look. Watch this space!

South African Dealer Acquires Equity in Swiss Firm

Richard Johnson RDPSA and Ingomar Walter
Richard Johnson RDPSA and Ingomar Walter

Richard Johnson RDPSA and Ingomar Walter


Richard Johnson RDPSA has acquired a major interest in Filat AG. SA Philatelist‘s Janice Botes held a telephone interview with Richard and Filat’s President, Ingomar Walter, shortly after the announcement.

SAP: “Hello Mr Walter. Could you give us some background as to the deal with Richard?”

IW: “My association with Richard goes back to the early 1980s when we produced auctions together in South Africa. I would like to claim that from my mentoring him in and from those early years he has risen to his present status as one of the leading international dealers in material of the English colonies, particularly Africa. Since Richard joined the Board of IFSDA in 2007 – where he is now President – we have grown particularly close. That grew to my concept for an online outlet to complement my existing traditional stamp shop in Zürich. And so Filat AG was born out of a very late night dinner in Antwerp where our Belgian webmaster, Fons Mattheuwsen, successfully convinced us as to the superiority of Belgian beer!