This article was written by American philatelist C.C. Lance in 1938 and was originally titled Railroad Stamps of Rhodesia. In any study of Railroad stamps, many unusual varieties are encountered, and investigation into their uses frequently develops interesting information. A large number of stamps exist, which are the issues of Government railways, but not of the respective Post Office Departments.
Railway stamps may be divided into three classes, namely, Newspaper, Parcels, and Letter. The newspaper stamps were the first to make their appearance, for as far back as July, 1855, five companies adopted the use of these labels
In connection with a tax on newspapers a 2 soldi stamp was issued in October 1864.The fee covered not only the government tax but the postage but the postage on newspapers transmitted by post. The circular stamp was typographed in black on yellowish paper framed with faint pink lines.