Sunday, March 25, 2012

South Africa II

The large milkwood tree in Mossel Bay has been used as a kind of post office since 1501. Portuguese sailors returning from a trade mission to India left messages in this tree for the next fleet of Portuguese ships scheduled to pass by en route to India. It has become a tradition for visitors to Mossel Bay to send cards from the Post Office Tree, which is now a national heritage site.

Mail sent from the old post office tree features a special cancellation stamp.

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