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Postal Markings (General)

We have tried to list these as far as possible in date order of their subject matter, although since many books and monographs cover a wide date range of material this can only be approximate.

These downloads include a number of versions of previously printed books, and some works that have only been published in PDF form.

Great Britain's First Postage Stamp
Ernest Gladstone
[48pp, 19.8Mb, 1924]
Pioneer study of Dockwra marks, with archival examples pictured

The History of the Postmarks of the British Isles from 1840 to 1876
John Hendy
[204pp, 6.3Mb, 1909]
One of the classic early works on postmarks

Barred Numeral Cancellations of Ireland - Scarcity Ratings and Coloured Cancellations
Andrew Chappell and Chris Jones
[15pp, 254Kb, 2014]
As seen in the GBPS Newsletter

The Registration "Rotary Device"
Maurice Buxton
[21pp, 2.0Mb, 2015]
Discussion of the scarce "roller" device for making blue crossed lines 1878-81, with image gallery

Record of Covers with "Passed by BPA" Cachets 1940-53
Maurice Buxton
[120Kb, 2015]
Spreadsheet recording details of 650+ examples of these covers

The Sub Office Postmarks of Sheffield
Frank Walton
[406pp, 15.1Mb, 2018]
By kind permission of the Stuart Rossiter Trust

Special Event Postmarks of the UK Vol.1 1851-1962
Pearson, Peachey and Swanborough
[89pp, 22.1Mb, 1991]
Made available by the British Postmark Society

Special Event Postmarks of the UK Vol.2 1963-1983
Pearson, Peachey and Finch
[214pp, 15.2Mb, 1996]
Made available by the British Postmark Society

Special Event Postmarks of the UK Vol.3 1984-1993
Pearson, Peachey and Finch
[168pp, 18.1Mb, 1994]
Made available by the British Postmark Society

Special Event Postmarks of the UK Vol.4 1994-2003
Pearson, Peachey and Finch
[318pp, 24.2Mb, 2004]
Made available by the British Postmark Society

Special Event Postmarks of the UK Vol.5 2004-2013
Pearson, Peachey and Finch
[272pp, 19.7Mb, 2014]
Made available by the British Postmark Society

Postage Paid Franks and Cancellations of the Channel Islands
Glenn H Morgan
[96pp, 2.5Mb, 1983]
Used to denote that postage has been pre-paid