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Articles for the Blind Rates 1906-1965


1962 - stamped to order label for 1d rate for 2-5lb

Literature for the blind, printed in Braille, came under the general printed matter regulations until 1906, when concession rates were first introduced. From 1936 the special rates applied generally to many other articles for the use of the blind, and from 1965 such materials have passed free in the post (when correctly posted). This service is unusual in that every rate revision involved some kind of additional concession or extension!

Reference: Blindman's Mail - How the Blind have been served by the Post by Gavin Fryer, published by the author 2010 (order form)

Date Rates Notes Date Rates Notes
1906
(1 Sep)
d - 2oz
1d - 2lb
1d - 5lb
As "Blind Literature"
Max weight 5lb
Max size 2' x 1' x 1',
or in roll form 2'6" x 4" diameter
1907
(1 Feb)
d - 2oz
1d - 2lb
1d - 5lb
2d - 6lb
Max weight 6lb
1915
(1 Jan)
d - 2oz
1d - 5lb
2d - 6lb
1921
(13 Jun)
d - 1lb
1d - 5lb
2d - 6lb
Max weight 6lb
1926
(17 Feb)
d - 2lb
1d - 5lb
2d - 6lb
1936
(3 Jul)
d - 2lb
1d - 5lb
1d - 8lb
2d - 11lb
As "Articles for the Blind"
Max weight 11lb
Max size 2' x 1' x 1',
or in roll form 2'8", length + 2x diameter not more than 3'3"
1940
(1 Jul)
d - 2lb
1d - 5lb
1d - 8lb
2d - 11lb
2d - 15lb
Max weight 15lb 1965
(17 May)
Charge abolished