Centenary of discovery of victoria falls stamp 1855-1955

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Livingstone Way, Zimbabwe


David Livingstone Born in Scotland, arrived in Africa in 1840 at the age of 27 as a missionary and physician. He spent most of the remainder of his life on the continent, his exploits making him the most famous explorer of the century. An encounter with a lion in 1843 cost Livingstone the use of his left arm. Undeterred, Livingstone continued his exploration of the African interior, particularly the Zambezi River area in 1852-1856. It was during this expedition that he became the first European to witness the magnificence of Victoria Falls. David Livingstone died in Africa in April 1873 at age sixty.

Centenary of victoria falls discovery stamps

When Livingstone first saw the Victoria Falls he is believed to have said “Scenes so lovely must be gazed upon by angels in their flight.” The Zambians always referred to them as Musi – oa – tunya which means “the smoke that thunders.” This is because of the noise it makes and the spray it creates the misty spray then looks like smoke from the distance. Livingstone however named them after Queen Victoria. The Victoria Falls are on the Zambia and Zimbabwe border.

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Centenary of Discovery of Victoria Falls stamp 1855 – 1955 – First Day Cover 15th June 1955.

Rhodesia & Nyasaland 1955 Victoria Falls 3d Comet with a CANNON WING Flaw.

Victoria Falls - Canon flaw stampIn this block, the flaw is on the bottom stamp on the left. It occurs once on a sheet of 60, third stamp on row 3.

Stamp (without flaw) listed as SG16, Scott #156

Flaw listed as SACC16a in South African catalogue, RSC C40a in Rhodesian Stamp Catalogue,  SG 16a.


Rhodesia and Nyasaland

In the year 1953 Rhodesia and Nyasaland(CAF) was formed by comprising the self-governing colony of Southern Rhodesia and the British protectorates of Northern Rhodesia, and Nyasaland. The Central African Federation (CAF) was dissolved in the year 1963.


Waterfall Name on Stamp Victoria falls
State/Province Matabeleland North
distance: 5,225 Miles
Address Livingstone Way, Zimbabwe