During an idle morning I walked through the Ditsong Cultural museum in Pretoria. Imagine my surprise when I saw the printing plate of the Machadodorp postcard hiding in plain sight. The print is intact except for the second T in Staats and the C and R of Courant. The printing plate frame is intact with dogs in place. Directly next to the plate a small, size fit, ink roller with its wooden box. It would probably be too much to imagine the roller was the one Alphonse Leys used to ink the plate in the train at Machadodorp before he printed the postcards? Both images are below par as they were taken through glass with my phone.
Staff were unaware of the significance of this plate and its history (which I duly explained, of course). Surely these artifacts should be in the Postal Museum …..?