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New Publications

Post Early for Christmas (Campbell) £25.00 (£21.00) (P & P UK £2.50; Europe £7.00; Elsewhere £11.00)

Award winner:
The British Post Office Service in Morocco 1907-57 (Stotter) £49 (£44) (P & P UK, £7.20; Europe £12; Rest of world by surface £12 or air £22; sent in specially fitted protective box. Awarded a large gold medal at Harrogate 2008 National Exhibition and the prestigious Crawford medal by the Royal Philatelic Society, London.

The British Post Office in Colombia 1821-1881 (Bentley M.) £40 (£35) (P & P UK £3.75, Europe £7.50, World Wide Airmail £13.00, World Wide Surface £7.50).

Full details and review>>


Bentley M: The British Post Office in Colombia 1821-1881, pub. PHS 2010

141 pp A4, illustrated in colour and black and white, hb, dj, ISBN 8780 85377 0312

Available Graham Mark, Oast House West, Golden Hill, Wiveliscombe, Somerset TA4 2NT

Retail price £40, price to members £35 plus p & p (Inland £3.50, Europe £7.50, Worldwide air £12.00, Surface mail £7.50)

This book gives an all round view of the British postal activities in Colombia set against a most informative description of the history, geography and the politics of a very interesting period of the country's development. Through Malcolm's approach, one has every chance to enhance ones knowledge of the Victorians' interest in trade and commerce and in particular how they improved their communications in the Americas through the importance of the Panama/Colon offices.

A dramatic period with mass migration from Europe to North America, California acquiring statehood, the Gold rush of 1849, the construction of a railway linking ports of the Caribbean to the Pacific and the surveying of a canal across the Isthmus.

All of this and much more is covered in this quality printed book, which is well illustrated both in colour and black and white. It is an excellent companion for both readers and collectors new to the area as well as for those more familiar with it.

Prisoners of War in British Hands during WW1 (Mark) £25 (£20) (P & P extra).

The British Postal Service in Morocco, 1749 – 1906 (Garcia) £60 (£50) + P & P U.K. £8.00; Europe, £13.00; Rest of the World by surface £23.00. Sent in a specially fitted, protective box.

A Postcard from Tangier: A Postal & Social History 1880 to 1958 (Stotter) £49.00 (£45.00) (P & P UK £7.20; Europe £12.00; Rest of the World £12.00 surface, £22.00 air)

Other Current Publications

  • Australian Mails via Suez, 1852-1926 (Kirk) £32 (£25)
  • The Bermuda Packet Mails and the Halifax-Bermuda Mail Service, 1806-1886 (Arnell & Ludington) £28 (£23)
  • British Postal Rates 1635-1839 (Sanford & Salt) £20 (£16)
  • British Postal Rates to Europe 1836-76 (Oxley) £18 (£15) - reduced price
  • Devon & Cornwall: a Postal Survey 1500-1791 (Cornelius) £6 (£5)
  • The Domestic Packets between Great Britain & Ireland 1635-1840 (Salt) £8 (£6) - reduced price
  • Imperial and Foreign Mails - Sea Conveyance during War, 1914-1918 (Mark) £12 (£10) - reduced price
  • Manx Mail (Ward & Leece) £8 (£6)
  • Official Franking, 1800-1840 (Scott) £6 (£5) - reduced price
  • Operation Overlord (Holmes) £6 (£5) - reduced price
  • Letter Receivers of London 1652-1857 (Feldman) (in two volumes) £45 (£38) - reduced price
  • Ship Letters (Hendy) £15 (£12) - reduced price
  • Royal Mail Steam Packet Co., 1842-1879 (Kenton & Parsons) £25 (£20) - reduced price
  • PHS Library Catalogue £5
  • The Penny Posts of Wales before 1840 (Scott-Archer) £1
  • Binders for the journal "Postal History" £3 each
  • The Disinfected Mail of Spain (Nathan) reprint £4

Back Issues of "Postal History" - enquiries to John Scott.

All the above publications are available from Hugh Feldman, Juniper House, Ashdon, Saffron Walden, CB3 0AN 01799 584579 hugh@feldman.f9.co.uk

Postage and packing extra.

Chester Cross Post Cover

1756 letter from Chester to Petton endorsed "X post", charged 3d and sent via the Bristol to Chester cross post

Valparaiso to Hamburg via Panama

This unpaid wrapper posted in Valparaiso dated 5th September 1873 will have travelled up the west coast of South America on a Pacific Steam Navigational Company ship to Panama. There it crossed the Isthmus on the American owned railway to Colon and loaded onto R.M.S. Elbe of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. It departed on the 21st September arriving Plymouth on the 23rd October and arriving in London the same day where a charge mark of 1/5d was struck showing the amount due to the British Post Office. On arriving in Hamburg on the 25th October a charge of 19 ½ silver groschen was raised as shown in blue crayon

Early Machine Cancellations – Hoster Trials 1882-93

Trials started with the Post Office in 1882 on 2 machines submitted by Mr. Albert Hoster, which are thought to be a development of the earlier tested Azemar prototypes. Hoster insisted they offered faster processing with a high degree of accuracy. Despite various rejections by the Post Office Circulation Department the trials continued for 11 years. The final result was that they finished up life stamping the reverse of the cover as a receiving stamp, normally in red. The above type was used at Charing Cross branch in use between 16th October 1885 until 7th December 1887

Posted in Advance for Christmas

A postcard cancelled by the 'Christmas Cross' of Knutsford, Cheshire dated 1906. This scheme was introduced in 1902 and ran until 1909 with a variety of towns participating. During the latter years it was largely based in the North West of England from the regional post offices of Manchester and Liverpool. The idea behind it was that Christmas postcards and letters could be handed into a main post office around the 17th- 22nd December. Here they were cancelled with the special cachet and given a guaranteed delivery on Christmas Day. This gave the Post Office an opportunity to sort these early posted items and help relieve some of the enormous pressure associated with the increased Christmas mail

Postage due cover

A 1964 underpaid cover illustrating the use of French and Italian postage due stamps. A French postage stamp was also used to pay part of the tax

Sudan Airmail

It is quite remarkable what lengths people will and have gone to produce a cover. This is a first day cancellation dated 5th February 1931 struck in Khartoum and sent by ship to Alexandra with a Shellal-Halfa T.P.O. dated the 18th February on the reverse. Put on a plane to the UK where, what is highly probable, a grace-and-favour hand-stamp on a ½d green, date stamped 25th September, has been applied to confirm receipt. This would help establish that the letter had been carried by airmail. Much of this supposition is based on the known fact that the addressee was a stamp dealer. However it does illustrate the point that at times it is as well to have a guess in figuring out a cover

75th Anniversary Souvenir Booklet

The Postal History Society was formed as the first specialised Society of its kind when a group of eminent enthusiasts gathered in what was no doubt a smoke-filled room at 96 Regent Street, London, on Saturday 24th October 1936. Among the names to conjure with from the annals of the past are Fred Melville, Robson Lowe, Forster Bond and Samuel Graveson, all of whom feature on many library shelves to this day.