The local mailcart service was centered in Nylstroom, according to the references I have been able to find. Most of the existing postal items in existence are to/from Emil Tamsen who, during this time, lived in “Tweefontein, Waterberg”. Putzel’s listing of these two locations states the former was not open during the time period in question. Waterberg, interestingly enough, is listed as open in 1887 with its head office being Potgietersrust. Figure 1 shows a map taken from a Union GPO map of 1911(from the endpaper of Mathews’ book)
The major delivery points for the Bakker Express were Marabastad, halfway between Potgietersrust and Pietersburg, Nylstroom, and Pretoria. Therefore, three of the four labels issuedby Bakker include these names with Marabastad being abbreviated as MARABASTAD.The labels are green, blue and pink, respectively. The fee for delivery within Nylstroom was only 1/2d, while the more distant deliveries to the north or south were 1d. These values are given in each of the four corners ofthe labels. The other notation in the center of the labels, ‘VRY/TOT POSTK,’ means loosely “free to the next post office”. A fourth label was expressly for incoming mail using the service where the fee had not been prepaid. This label is white and readsTE/BETALEN in the center meaning “to pay.” The value in the corners incorrectly reads 1/2 instead of the double deficiency of 2d.