Post in the Jubilee Years 1887-1902



This postal history exhibit presents examples of the GB QY Jubilees used in the Post Office services from their issue in 1887 up to their late usage in 1902 when stamp printing had ended. This demonstrates each of the 14 different stamps' purposes. The frame shows mostly single examples from the letter post or parcel service. To present the fullest coverage of purpose, examples show multiple postal service features wherever possible and includes official stationery. Usage in 1887 is uncommon as the stocks of the 1884 Unified series were run down. Other uncommon items are the 5d and 6d rates to India and Australia and inward usage from abroad. The scarcest items are the ls carmine and ls late-fee letters. Scarce items are highlighted in red. Other official usages with government overprints or revenue fees are not included in this limited space.


The QV Jubilees series was issued to replace the problematic 1883-84 'Lilac and Green' definitives. A Stamp Committee formed in 1884 to expedite a new design for Great Britain with printers De La Rue & Co. Initially ten denominations were issued on 1 January 1887 then followed by two additional values, 10d 1890 and 4½d 1892, and lastly the two major colour changes in 1900. The 1881 ld was already in use and not changed by the new Jubilee designs. 1902 saw the last of the Jubilee printings, the year new issues with KE7 were made.


'Earliest Known Usages' Allan Oliver 'Life Span QV Postage Stamps'
Mulready Group


Frame 1

  1. Introduction
  2. ½d. Postcard / 1½d. Letter
  3. 2½d. Foreign Letters
  4. 3d. Usages
  5. 4d. Usages
  6. 2d. and Late Fees
  7. See sheet 6
  8. 4½d. New Jubilee
  9. 5d. India / Double Foreign
  10. 6d. Australia
  11. 9d. Multiple Rates
  12. 10d. Foreign Letter
  13. 1s. 1900 Multiple Rates
  14. 1s. Green Multiple Rates
  15. See sheet 14
  16. Late Usage