by John Ineson
I very often write about the scarce and unusual items that have come up for sale, either on eBay or in
auction. In this issue, I report about a Mafeking small head Baden-Powell 3d stamp sold recently on eBay and referred
to as a "Space Filler". This stamp, with the 19 April 1900 postmark was offered by a collector in South
Africa and received 15 bids from five different people. Can you guess was this sold for? See the price below in
the next paragraph. I do not think that I have ever seen a Mafeking blue stamp in such a worse condition, with a large
part missing at the top and a bad crease across the stamp.
We have an expression in the U.K., " It never rains, but it pours". It was only in the July -
August 2014 Bulletin that I reported a second recorded cover from the 1936 Northern Counties Jamboree held at Raby Castle,
Darlington had been sold by auction. Now a few months later I was offered
the cover shown here. It is a
little "Philatelic" but still a
cover posted from the camp
on Thursday 6th August and
signed by the Chief Scout, the
day he, and Lady Baden-
Powell visited the camp. The
postmarks are very clear, but
the red "Northern Counties
Jamboree 1936, Raby Castle"
label, is not a label, but
appears to have been cut out
from somewhere else, and
fixed to the cover with a
stamp hinge. The B-P stamp
made £27 on eBay. Having obtained the cover, I needed something else to fill the
page, and a fellow collector and a member of the SGSC kindly agreed to sell me the postcard shown. It would
appear that the Scouter is blowing a Kudu horn to summon Scouts to the Jamboree. Have you seen any other
postcard from this camp, other than the one of Raby Castle which is rather black in places? The Chief Scout
often said that when he visited camps, he could guarantee that it would rain and it certainly looked as if it did
on his visit to this camp, which you can see can if you go into www.youtube.com/watch?v=ag71iHqLKZA.
This is only a short clip without sound.