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The Furniss Jubilee Envelope
Introduction1890 saw Great Britain's first commemorative postal stationery in celebration of the introduction of Uniform Penny Postage and the Penny Black fifty years earlier.
Several major events took place, including the Conversazione & Exhibition at the Guildhall organised by The City Corporation of London. There was also a grand Post Office Conversazione at South Kensington Museum. Special postal stationery was prepared for these events.
The official Jubilee envelope, issued on 2nd July 1890, was extremely popular with over 250,000 copies sold. Yet, in the same way as the Mulready envelope in 1840, the Jubilee envelope was also the subject of parody.
Plan of the Display
Title, Introduction and Plan
Documents relating to the release of the envelope, including the Black Proof
Stamp Collectors Fortnightly Reâ€”issue in 1906
Account of the Celebration of the Jubilee by The General Post Office
The Penny Postage Jubilee by Phil in 1891
The Penny Postage Jubilee by Werner Bauschke, 1989
Postal Heritage Archives Commitee Papers & Collections