A new issue of post stamps and a giant parade in Bloemfontein, S.Africa May 31?
LV Festival Post Office
GV People queue outside
STV PAN..People in post office, PAN TO counter
SCU Clerk franks festival stamps
SV People buy festival stamps
SCU PAN..Portraits of African Premier from 1910-1960 on stamp
GV Procession in Festival Stadium
SV Flags of various countries.
SV Tableau 'Horn of Plenty'
SCU People in ostrich costume
SV People in procession carry balloons
SCU PAN..Girls dance in Spanish costumes
LV Train and carriages in procession
LV Tableau South African railways
LV Fly past by SAAF
LV Various tableaus
GV PAN..Drum major and girls in procession
LV PAN..Balloons released from stadium
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Background: A new issue of post stamps and a giant parade in Bloemfontein, S.Africa May 31 celebrated the climax of the Union's Fiftieth Birthday celebrations May 31.
The design of the stamps remained secret until their issue and Post offices were busy with queues of buyers. The stamps commemorate all prime ministers of the Union.
The parade was in the City Stadium where Dr. Verwoerd made his first public appearance since the attempt on his life 7 weeks ago.
Balloons, fancy dress, bands, pretty girls and a fly past highlighted the colour and action of the pageant under its theme "Fifty Golden Years".
In his Union Festival speech Dr. Verwoerd said he was convinced S.Africa would become a republic - remaining friendly to Britain.