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Tue Jan 16, 2024 9:34 pm
Forum: King George VI
Topic: Dates that KGVI Definitives ceased to be legally used?
Replies: 3
Views: 505

Re: Dates that KGVI Definitives ceased to be legally used?

Yes, 29 February 1972 was the last date, and naturally a number of philatelists sent covers with old issues on the day. :) These stamps look to have trimmed perfs on the right edge, so probably come from booklets? Those (and the stamps from them) tended to hang around for a while in wallets, handbag...
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Wed Jan 10, 2024 10:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: Missing Scottish Tax
Replies: 2
Views: 753

Re: Missing Scottish Tax

I think you're right -- the squiggle next to the 5 is probably a hastily written ½. Scottish mail routes aren't something I have a lot of information on, but I would have thought it would have gone on a four wheeled vehicle at some point. The Dunfermline mark would read "18 ----- E" by the...
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Wed Jan 10, 2024 8:27 pm
Forum: Postal Markings
Topic: Cover markings ID
Replies: 2
Views: 591

Re: Cover markings ID

Yes, they seem to be somebody (presumably the addressee?) using the envelope as a handy piece of scrap paper to doodle on. Not a clue what the marks might mean, if anything!
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Mon Jan 01, 2024 2:09 am
Forum: Postal Markings
Topic: Partial postal town name finder
Replies: 3
Views: 334

Re: Partial postal town name finder

As far as I can tell, the towns finder is now gone. I'm not sure if anyone has a copy of the database for it. A close replacement is the GB post offices list on this site: https://www.gbps.org.uk/tools/ukpo It's not quite the same thing as the towns finder, as that was based on actual postmarks seen...
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Sun Dec 31, 2023 3:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: 1894 Request for Special Delivery at Local Post Office
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Re: 1894 Request for Special Delivery at Local Post Office

I'm no handwriting expert, but to me it looks as if that "Immediate" is in the same hand as the address? Not too many letters common to both, unfortunately, but the vowels and "d" look very similar, and neither "t" has a cross-stroke. You do see "Immediate" wr...
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Fri Nov 24, 2023 10:34 am
Forum: Postal Markings
Topic: Northern Ireland Postal Markings
Replies: 2
Views: 2529

Re: Northern Ireland Postal Markings

Definitely collectable (some of the offices may have been closed by now), although not much in demand.

There's a listing of Northern Ireland post offices at Ken Smith's "UK Post Offices by County" project:

https://sites.google.com/site/ukpostofficesbycounty/home/northern-ireland
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Wed Nov 22, 2023 12:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: Recorded Delivery article
Replies: 1
Views: 2276

Re: Recorded Delivery article

Thanks. :)
by admin
Fri Nov 10, 2023 10:20 pm
Forum: Pre-Stamp
Topic: Extra 1/2 franking
Replies: 4
Views: 2646

Re: Extra 1/2 franking

The notes at the top of the page did describe the additional ½d -- I've expanded them a bit and added a note to the 1812-38 revision to make it clearer that it continued until 1839.
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Mon Oct 23, 2023 9:52 pm
Forum: King George VI
Topic: AIRLETTER INFO
Replies: 2
Views: 1480

Re: AIRLETTER INFO

Yep, all post offices, same day as the stamps. Post Office Circular , 30th June 1948: OLYMPIC GAMES Issue of Commemorative Stamps A special issue of postage stamps of 2½d., 3d., 6d., and 1s. denominations, and air letters bearing a replica of the special 6d. adhesive stamp, is being made to mark the...
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Sun Oct 22, 2023 11:45 am
Forum: King George VI
Topic: OLYMPIC GAMES 6d HPL FLAW
Replies: 2
Views: 1843

Re: OLYMPIC GAMES 6d HPL FLAW

Hi Mike, I faced this problem back in 2020 when doing an article on these stamps for the Philatelic Bulletin (Vol 57/10 June 2020, see the downloads page ). I contacted Stephen Weir (who had displayed KGV/KGVI commeomoratives to the GBPS) who commented: "The HLP variety exists as follows - (1) ...
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Thu Oct 19, 2023 12:21 am
Forum: Postal Markings
Topic: SG152 with NP postmark
Replies: 4
Views: 1880

Re: SG152 with NP postmark

That'll be a Newspaper Branch postmark -- the bottom line would read "NPB" if the whole postmark was on the stamp. They used a lot of these rather crude-looking cancels. If that is a "D" (not sure) it would be a code letter to identify the handstamp. Probably quite an unusual pos...
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Mon Sep 25, 2023 7:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How did GPO staff know foreign stamps were demonetized?
Replies: 5
Views: 1539

Re: How did GPO staff know foreign stamps were demonetized?

The general answer is that they didn't -- the originating country was supposed to mark the letter, and the destination country take their word for it. The procedure was for the office of posting to draw a box around the stamp without cancelling it to indicate that it was invalid, and put a "Tax...
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Tue Sep 05, 2023 8:50 pm
Forum: Wants
Topic: FULL SHEETS GVI COMMEMORATIVES TO BUY
Replies: 4
Views: 1777

Re: FULL SHEETS GVI COMMEMORATIVES TO BUY

I have his email address (somewhere!) -- I could pass on a message with your Gmail address?
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Mon Sep 04, 2023 10:44 pm
Forum: Wants
Topic: FULL SHEETS GVI COMMEMORATIVES TO BUY
Replies: 4
Views: 1777

Re: FULL SHEETS GVI COMMEMORATIVES TO BUY

I don't, I'm afraid, but there are sheets of the Coronation 1½d (in quarter-sheets) in Robin Restall's displays:

https://www.gbps.org.uk/displays/four-kings.php

Stephen Weir might have some?
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Sun Sep 03, 2023 9:36 pm
Forum: King George VI
Topic: JOHN K TEMPLETON
Replies: 2
Views: 1820

Re: JOHN K TEMPLETON

MIKE wrote: Sun Sep 03, 2023 1:01 pm Does any member have any details relating to John K Templeton who published an article in the Stanley Gibbons Monthly regarding the Liberation issue.
He's not a GBPS member as far as I can see. Is this a recent GSM?
by admin
Wed Aug 30, 2023 9:27 pm
Forum: Pre-Stamp
Topic: Foreign Office handstamps Outward Letters
Replies: 2
Views: 1672

Re: Foreign Office handstamps Outward Letters

Not that I know of -- best guess is that they're just numbers to identify the handstamp (presumably to indirectly identify who was using it, should a query come up about the way a letter was handled). Unfortunately, unless some archive record shows up or someone manages to spot a pattern, I suppose ...
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Tue Aug 22, 2023 8:22 am
Forum: Postal Stationery
Topic: Penny pink envelope in black
Replies: 1
Views: 3166

Re: Penny pink envelope in black

I can remember wondering about one of those ... sadly the answer is simply that the pink ink has a tendency to oxidise to black sometimes. (Actually, come to think of it, it was probably more the case that it had a tendency to get sulphurised in the highly polluted Victorian city air! But you do see...
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Tue Jul 25, 2023 10:39 pm
Forum: General Notices
Topic: Members' Introductions
Replies: 1
Views: 61471

Members' Introductions

This thread is for GBPS members to introduce themselves to each other (if they wish). Let us know who you are and what you collect, and other members who share your interests can get in touch -- either by replying here or using the board's "email a member" facility.
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Mon Jul 24, 2023 10:50 pm
Forum: King George VI
Topic: validity of £1 stamps?
Replies: 2
Views: 1870

Re: validity of £1 stamps?

Yeah, Michel have it right. According to the Post Office Scheme taking effect 1 March 1972 that covered the demonetisation by redefining what was valid for postage (see https://www.gbps.org.uk/po-schemes/inland.php): (3) Payment of postage or fees payable under these regulations may be denoted: (a) ...
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Sun Jul 23, 2023 12:05 am
Forum: Queen Victoria
Topic: Recommendations for Scottish Numeral Postmarks Reference
Replies: 1
Views: 1702

Re: Recommendations for Scottish Numeral Postmarks Reference

This has been asked in the postal history section as well:

https://www.gbps.org.uk/boards/viewtopic.php?t=1946

Scotland has been rather left out, unfortunately -- the published references are somewhat old and only available second-hand now.
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Fri Jul 21, 2023 10:34 pm
Forum: Postal Markings
Topic: Scotland postmark question
Replies: 3
Views: 1713

Re: Scotland postmark question

James Mackay did a self-published book "Scottish Numeral Postmarks" in 1987 (which I've not seen), but other than that I don't recall a more recent comprehensive coverage of them. For England & Wales you have the Parmenter books, and for Ireland the recently published book, but Scotlan...
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Sun Jul 02, 2023 7:37 pm
Forum: King George VI
Topic: GLENN MORGAN COPYRIGHT PERMISSION
Replies: 4
Views: 2232

Re: GLENN MORGAN COPYRIGHT PERMISSION

Er -- unless you have news I haven't heard, Glenn is very much alive (he sent me some files last week). I can alert him to this thread if you like?
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Sun Jul 02, 2023 2:27 pm
Forum: Postal Rates
Topic: 1852 rate to Geneva ?
Replies: 9
Views: 4581

Re: 1852 rate to Geneva ?

That's because it wasn't there -- I'd forgotten to add it to the menu. :)
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Sat Jul 01, 2023 8:15 pm
Forum: Postal Rates
Topic: 1852 rate to Geneva ?
Replies: 9
Views: 4581

Re: 1852 rate to Geneva ?

... the next step is 1s 5d (5d British plus 1s foreign). How does the "5d British" arise ? .... I can't see any UK 5d rates at the time ? British rate on mail to/via France -- this is the period 1843-54 where the rates get complicated because they're made up of a British component of the ...
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Sat Jul 01, 2023 7:46 pm
Forum: Postal Rates
Topic: 1852 rate to Geneva ?
Replies: 9
Views: 4581

Re: 1852 rate to Geneva ?

OK, well I guess the clerk must have made a miscalculation then -- there aren't any 1s 4d rates listed in Moubray for that date?
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Sat Jul 01, 2023 7:11 pm
Forum: Postal Rates
Topic: 1852 rate to Geneva ?
Replies: 9
Views: 4581

Re: 1852 rate to Geneva ?

Are the postmarks clear enough to say it's definitely 1852? From 1/1/1855 the second step was 1s 4d (8d per ¼oz).
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Wed Jun 28, 2023 10:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: Need ship Information
Replies: 3
Views: 1645

Re: Need ship Information

Can't help with the steamship I'm afraid -- possibly there are some online newspaper archives which have a record of ships landing in New York? US postmarks aren't my area, but I suspect the "F" or "E" may simply be a code to distinguish the handstamp (or its user)? That's what t...
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Thu May 25, 2023 8:10 pm
Forum: Postal Markings
Topic: Help with Cancel
Replies: 4
Views: 2153

Re: Help with Cancel

The Rossiter Trust are independent -- they were left a sum in Stuart's Rossiter's will to publish books on worldwide postal history topics. We don't have any special relationship with them that would let us sell their books. (This one had a review in a recent newsletter as I recall -- so we have a c...
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Thu May 25, 2023 12:10 am
Forum: King George VI
Topic: GEORGE VI COMMEMORATIVES MATERIALS
Replies: 4
Views: 2297

Re: GEORGE VI COMMEMORATIVES MATERIALS

I've edited the title so it'll show up. :) The paper and gum would have been the standard types as used for the definitives -- uncoated paper in a reel with KGVI cypher watermark, and gum arabic. (Might be some more detail in volume 2 of the current SG Specialised.) I can't offhand remember seeing a...
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Wed May 24, 2023 8:22 am
Forum: Postal Markings
Topic: QEII Stampless Cover
Replies: 2
Views: 1880

Re: QEII Stampless Cover

Welcome to the boards! They're marks from a postage meter -- i.e. the machines businesses can buy to frank their mail, more conveniently than keeping and sticking a lot of stamps. They always had to be prepaid in the UK as far as I know (i.e. loaded up with a certain amount of credit). The ones on t...
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Tue May 23, 2023 8:14 am
Forum: Line-Engraved
Topic: 1d red Queen Victoria gum question
Replies: 11
Views: 3018

Re: 1d red Queen Victoria gum question

Not my particular area, but from memory, the gum was usually pretty thick and yellowish and probably quite glossy when dried -- and not always that good at attaching the stamp unless thoroughly wetted! So it could be some of the original gum left over, although you'd better see if somebody who colle...
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Wed May 17, 2023 5:57 pm
Forum: Pre-Stamp
Topic: Help sought on Princes Road Collection Point marking
Replies: 3
Views: 2061

Re: Help sought on Princes Road Collection Point marking

I wonder where the previous owner got that collecting point, not something that could just be dreamed up I would have thought. I suspect Ray Simpson would argue that it probably was, and that collectors have a habit of making guesses that then end up being treated as based on definite information. :)
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Wed May 17, 2023 8:19 am
Forum: Pre-Stamp
Topic: Help sought on Princes Road Collection Point marking
Replies: 3
Views: 2061

Re: Help sought on Princes Road Collection Point marking

It's "GERRARDS CR"(oss) I think. BTW, the search tool's handy for unclear postmarks -- https://www.gbps.org.uk/tools/ukpo -- I didn't see the mention of it being from Gerrards Cross (Buckinghamshire) until after, so got there by searching on what letters I could be confident of (*r*rds*). :)
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Wed May 10, 2023 11:07 pm
Forum: GBPS Notices
Topic: AGM 2023 Agenda and Accounts
Replies: 0
Views: 18103

AGM 2023 Agenda and Accounts

The AGM agenda, together with the 2022 report and accounts, can be downloaded below.
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Sat May 06, 2023 10:59 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: Difficult To Read instructional Mark On P/C
Replies: 2
Views: 1720

Re: Difficult To Read instructional Mark On P/C

Hi Steve, welcome to the boards! Fairly sure the boxed mark reads "Found at Ipswich / without contents". It's a mark that was normally used on empty envelopes found in a mailbag, from which the contents had apparently fallen out somewhere along the way. As for why it's on a postcard -- I s...
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Tue May 02, 2023 12:02 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Philatelic Sites Seem to be Offline
Replies: 2
Views: 1917

Re: Philatelic Sites Seem to be Offline

I'm informed that the company that actually hosts the sites have had hardware failures, and are presumably (hopefully!) working frantically to get it fixed. Unfortunately, with that sort of thing the ETA is usually "no idea, keep checking back".
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Mon May 01, 2023 5:19 pm
Forum: Queen Elizabeth II
Topic: Info sought on QEII photos
Replies: 2
Views: 2279

Re: Info sought on QEII photos

They look rather like the ones in Tony Walker's display here:

https://www.gbps.org.uk/displays/pre-decimal-machins/frame1.php

(pages 9-13)
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Fri Mar 10, 2023 8:12 am
Forum: Queen Victoria
Topic: The Right Hon Viscount Melville - 1881
Replies: 3
Views: 2385

Re: The Right Hon Viscount Melville - 1881

From the Wikipedia page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viscount_Melville), it looks like the 4th Viscount -- 1876-1886.
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Wed Feb 22, 2023 9:30 pm
Forum: King George VI
Topic: BROMIDE SILVER WEDDING £1.00
Replies: 4
Views: 2541

Re: BROMIDE SILVER WEDDING £1.00

Hm. The Postal Museum site ( search link here ) does say that the designs were submitted as bromides as there was no time to prepare essays, so it could be related to that. The TPM photos aren't high resolution enough to be really helpful as a comparison. Not sure why it would be gummed, mind you, u...
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Tue Feb 21, 2023 9:23 pm
Forum: King George VI
Topic: BROMIDE SILVER WEDDING £1.00
Replies: 4
Views: 2541

Re: BROMIDE SILVER WEDDING £1.00

Is this an item you have, or one you're hoping to get? A picture would make it clearer if you have one.
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Mon Jan 30, 2023 9:01 pm
Forum: Postal Rates
Topic: Surcharge Handling Fee rates from 1996 ?
Replies: 2
Views: 2370

Re: Surcharge Handling Fee rates from 1996 ?

I don't have that on the site -- I'd basically be drawing on Furfie. Actually, he's the best person to ask -- as far as I know he still has the same email address?
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Thu Jan 19, 2023 6:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Revenue Stamps Query
Replies: 2
Views: 2560

Re: Revenue Stamps Query

They're known as "cypher labels" -- from 1701 revenue stamps were fixed to the document with a metal "staple", and these labels were stuck over the bits on the other side to prevent them catching. They continued in use as late as the George V period. See Chris Harman's display (s...
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Sun Dec 04, 2022 10:22 am
Forum: GBPS Notices
Topic: GBPS Website Nominated For PTS Award - Please Cast Your Vote!
Replies: 0
Views: 12466

GBPS Website Nominated For PTS Award - Please Cast Your Vote!

Received from Isobel Klempka at the Philatelic Traders Society: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am delighted to let you know, that you have been nominated for a PTS Award. The judges are currently deciding who the winners and runners up will b...
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Wed Nov 09, 2022 9:38 pm
Forum: Postal Rates
Topic: Conjunctive Railway Letter Mail with Express Delivery
Replies: 3
Views: 2927

Re: Conjunctive Railway Letter Mail with Express Delivery

As someone with an interest in GB express mail (albeit a somewhat piecemeal collection), I can state confidently that I can't recall any other examples of this use of special messengers, or even that I've ever noted that the possibility existed! Many of these non-standard express services are rare. ...
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Mon Nov 07, 2022 7:42 pm
Forum: GBPS Notices
Topic: CANCELLED - 1d imperf "Lake-Red" shades at SG Evening 14th December
Replies: 4
Views: 12413

CANCELLED - 1d imperf "Lake-Red" shades at SG Evening 14th December

Unfortunately, due to the rail strike that has been announced for 14th December, SG have had to cancel this evening, as they cannot guarantee that they will be able to be sufficiently staffed. They hope that it can be rescheduled for the New Year. Calling collectors of Imperforate Penny Reds! We ha...
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Thu Oct 06, 2022 5:43 pm
Forum: Wants
Topic: RM Philatelic Buletin publication: 1985/86 Special Stamps
Replies: 2
Views: 2815

Re: RM Philatelic Buletin publication: 1985/86 Special Stamps

Sorry, Ian -- I was supplied with publications 3-15, but they start at 1996.
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Mon Sep 19, 2022 1:26 am
Forum: General Notices
Topic: ABPS News
Replies: 0
Views: 11561

ABPS News

The latest ABPS News is available here as a download for members: Click to download gbps The Society continues to be affiliated to the Association of British Philatelic Societies whose editor appreciates receiving your philatelic news. The quarterly publications are available here about 3 months bef...
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Fri Sep 16, 2022 11:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: French packet via Marseilles - route taken to Marseilles
Replies: 3
Views: 3241

Re: French packet via Marseilles - route taken to Marseilles

Fairly sure that a lot of mail to overseas going via south coast ports would have been directed to London first and sorted there, yes -- certainly from Scotland and most of England and Wales. Some nearer offices may have despatched to the port directly. It wouldn't have been for all colonial mail --...
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Thu Aug 11, 2022 5:31 pm
Forum: Postal Rates
Topic: Letter Rates 1875-1975 Table
Replies: 2
Views: 3135

Re: Letter Rates 1875-1975 Table

That's a fair point -- destinations were added to and removed from the list of "Empire" countries at various different times. I'll do a page to list them and the dates concerned.