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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 for "Blind Literature" were first introduced. From 1936 the special rates applied generally to many other items for the use of the blind, and the service was renamed As "Articles for the Blind".

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!

For further details see Blindman's Mail - How the Blind have been served by the Post by Gavin Fryer (2010).


Date Rates Notes Date Rates Notes
1906
(1 Sep)
½d - 2oz
1d - 2lb
1½d - 5lb
Max weight 5lb
Max size 2' x 1' x 1', or in roll form 2'6" x 4" diameter
1907
(1 Feb)
½d - 2oz
1d - 2lb
1½d - 5lb
2½d - 6lb
Max weight 6lb
1915
(1 Jan)
½d - 2oz
1d - 5lb
2d - 6lb
1921
(13 Jun)
½d - 1lb
1d - 5lb
2d - 6½lb
Max weight 6½lb
1926
(17 Nov)
½d - 2lb
1d - 5lb
1½d - 6½lb
1936
(3 Jul)
½d - 2lb
1d - 5lb
1½d - 8lb
2d - 11lb
Max weight 11lb
Max size 2' x 1½' x 1½', or in roll form 2'8", length + 2x diameter not more than 3'3"
1940
(1 Jul)
½d - 2lb
1d - 5lb
1½d - 8lb
2d - 11lb
2½d - 15lb
Max weight 15lb 1965
(17 May)
Charge abolished