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London Postal History Group Notebook

The London Postal History Group was founded in 1971 by Peter Forrestier-Smith, who edited their magazine the London Postal History Group Notebook throughout until ill health forced his retirement in 2009. However, sufficient funds remained to allow the complete archive of the Notebook to be scanned by John Parmenter and Anthony Shine and made available on a USB stick. John has kindly offered to let the GBPS archive the files on this site.

The collection is in PDF format, and includes 145 editions of the Notebook, numbers 1-173 (some were multiple editions). These contain a large amount of really useful information and are the only source for Barrie Jay's updates to volume 3 (London) of the British County Catalogue. John has also prepared cumulative subject indexes.

What's more, the collection also includes a set of publications totalling some 2,000 pages produced by or associated with the Group, including works on Late Fee mail, numeral cancellations, Krag machines, and an 1850 Postal Directory. (John has also kindly included his detailed listings of Post Office numbers, which have been placed under the relevant section of this site.)

Over 4,000 pages were scanned, average scanning parameters were used throughout (i.e. poor originals give a poor scanned image). In the table below, where a double or larger edition was a "special" (as opposed to simply a larger or delayed issue) the contents are noted.

(To obtain a copy of the USB stick - price 5 post free - contact John at .)

1971

1. Feb (8.8Mb)
2. May (10.4Mb)
3. Aug (7.9Mb)
4. Nov (12.0Mb)

1972

5. Jan (11.6Mb)
6. Apr (13.7Mb)
7. Jun (15.0Mb)
8. Aug (14.0Mb)
9. Oct (15.5Mb)
10. Dec (15.4Mb)

1973

11. Feb (19.8Mb)
12. Apr (17.2Mb)
13. Aug (18.0Mb)
14. Oct (18.4Mb)
15. Dec (18.7Mb)

1974

16. Mar (17.7Mb)
17. May (20.3Mb)
18. Aug (18.6Mb)
19. Oct (15.2Mb)
20. Dec (13.4Mb)

1975

21. Feb (15.3Mb)
22. May (16.0Mb)
23. Aug (13.3Mb)
24. Sep (13.0Mb)
25. Dec (16.7Mb)

1976

26. Feb (18.1Mb)
27. May (17.7Mb)
28. Aug (19.0Mb)
29. Oct (15.5Mb)
30. Dec (18.6Mb)

1977

31. Feb (18.1Mb)
32. Jun (26.1Mb)
33. Sep (17.2Mb)
34. Nov (19.2Mb)
35. Dec (18.3Mb)

1978

36. Mar (18.1Mb)
37. May (18.2Mb)
38. Aug (20.5Mb)
39. Oct (19.3Mb)
40. Dec (18.5Mb)

1979

41. Mar (19.6Mb)
42. May (18.6Mb)
43. Oct (18.3Mb)
44. Nov (20.0Mb)
45. Dec (21.9Mb)

1980

46. Apr (16.9Mb)
47. Jun (22.2Mb)
48. Sep (17.9Mb)
49. Dec (19.0Mb)

1981

50. Jan (21.9Mb)
51. Feb (20.9Mb)
52. Jun (18.5Mb)
53. Aug (18.7Mb)
54. Oct (21.9Mb)
55. Dec (20.9Mb)

1982

56. Mar (21.1Mb)
57. May (23.6Mb)
58. Sep (17.9Mb)
59. Nov (15.4Mb)
60. Dec (22.2Mb)

1983

61. Mar (21.3Mb)
62. Apr (19.6Mb)
63. Sep (20.5Mb)
64. Oct (22.0Mb)
65. Dec (24.9Mb)

1984

66. Mar (21.3Mb)
67-68. Jun (45.9Mb) Reproduction of The London Postal Service of Today by RC Tombs (1891)
69. Oct (19.7Mb)
70. Dec (17.9Mb)

1985

71. Mar (22.4Mb)
72. Jun (20.7Mb)
73. Aug (18.0Mb)
74-75. Dec (36.7Mb)

1986

76-77. Feb (28.4Mb)
78-79. Jun (145.0Mb) (to 2009) Maps and Photos of London Post Offices
80. Dec (19.3Mb)

1987

81. Jun (16.9Mb)
82. Aug (19.0Mb)
83-85. Nov (93.4Mb) Reproduction of the London Postal Directory (1850)

1988

86. Apr (16.3Mb)
87. Jun (17.4Mb)
88. Aug (17.1Mb)
89. Dec (16.3Mb)
90. Dec (15.7Mb)

1990

91. Jun (12.7Mb)
92-95. Dec (57.8Mb) Illustrations of the Hess and Dove collections

1991

96. Sep (8.5Mb)
97. Oct (15.3Mb)
98. Nov (16.5Mb)

1992

99. Feb (15.1Mb)
100. Apr (21.9Mb)
101-106. Nov (79.8Mb) Illustrations of the Grace Dove collection

1993

107. Mar (21.2Mb)
108. Apr (25.3Mb)
109. Sep (15.0Mb)
110. Dec (16.4Mb)

1994

111. Jan (19.7Mb)
112. Aug (15.0Mb)
113. Sep (16.2Mb)
114. Nov (15.7Mb)
115. Dec (14.2Mb)

1995

116. Mar (15.6Mb)
117. Oct (15.7Mb)
118-120. Dec (43.5Mb)

1996

121. Mar (20.2Mb)
122. Jun (17.3Mb)
123. Oct (15.0Mb)
124-126. Dec (49.5Mb) Reproduction of the Daily Records and Orders for London EC and FS (1907-21)

1997

127. Jul (25.7Mb)
128. Nov (20.8Mb)
129-130. Dec (32.3Mb)

1998

131. Mar (16.1Mb)
132. Sep (17.7Mb)
133. Nov (17.7Mb)
134-135. Dec (41.6Mb) Paper on Late Fee and Too Late mail by John Parmenter

1999

136. Jul (17.5Mb)
137-138. Oct (43.6Mb)
139-144. Nov (111Mb) Illustrations of the Traudl collection

2000

145. Apr (17.2Mb)
146. Oct (17.3Mb)
147-148. Nov (31.5Mb) Updates to vol.3 (London) of the British County Catalogue by Barrie Jay

2001

149. Feb (18.3Mb)
150. Mar (10.6Mb)
No 151 was the "Barrie Jay Collection" issued on CD, but no readable copy could be located
152. Aug (19.6Mb)

2002

153. Sep (18.2Mb)
154. Nov (18.9Mb)

2003

155. Mar (21.1Mb)
156. Nov (22.5Mb)

2004

157. Jan (16.4Mb)
158. Aug (22.0Mb)

2002

159. Oct (15.8Mb)

2004

160. Dec (18.0Mb)

2005

161. Sep (30.5Mb)

2006

162. Mar (15.6Mb)
163. Jun (22.2Mb)
164. Nov (16.1Mb)
165. Dec (16.7Mb)

2007

166. Feb (15.4Mb)
167. Oct (21.5Mb)
168. Dec (18.4Mb)

2008

169. Feb (20.2Mb)
170. Apr (18.3Mb)

2009

171. Feb (27.5Mb)
172. May (20.1Mb)
173. Sep (24.0Mb)