Sunday, 16 June 2019

Street - The Independant Order of Rechabites

An interesting envelope below from November 1931, with an illustration for The Independant Order of Rechabites.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Yeovil - a couple of items

Here are a couple of items from Yeovil, the first being a returned letter with a "YEOVIL / M.O & S.B" handstamp from September 1888.  The letter was undelivered because the partnership of solicitors to which it was addressed had been dissolved, and the letter was then returned in the OHMS envelope shown below.

The second item is a an envelope with a mis-dated meter mark from June 1986 and a violet cachet reading:

Sunday, 9 June 2019

"144 CHARD" Mileage Mark

One of the early mileage marks that I missed out in my earlier posts is the "144 CHARD" mark.  I have now managed to acquire a copy, which can be seen below.  The mark is only known used in 1786.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

The Electric and International Telegraph Company receipt at Taunton 1865

Below is illustrated a receipt from the Electric and International Telegraph Company issued at Taunton in February 1865.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

WW II: Yeovil (air raid) and RNAS Henstridge (HMS Dipper)

Here are two items with WW II links, starting with a postal stationery card from Yeovil in August 1940.  The card has two 1d printed stamps as the rate increased to 2d on 1st May 1940 and there weren't any 2d dies available.  The message on the postcard talks about an air raid on Yeovil.

The second item is a large birthday greetings card to a Wren at RNAS Henstridge (HMS Dipper) which trained pilots to land on aircraft carriers.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Undated Universal Triangular Cancels - Frome, Shepton Mallet, Taunton

Printed Matter is often cancelled with undated cancels (as there is no service level defined for when it has to be delivered).  Here are three examples from Frome, Shepton Mallet and Taunton, all dated approximately by their contents (Programmes for the Mid-Somerset Youg Farmers' Club).

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Extended date for "WELLS-S / 129" Handstamp (SO 917)

The "WELLS-S / 129" handstamp was known in use from 1802-1808.  The partial example below extends the usage to 1810, with the replacement "WELLS / 129" handstamp known from 1811.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Axbridge in the Wells and Cross Penny Posts

Here are two examples of post from Axbridge, the first in 1827 is in the Wells Penny Post, and the second in 1832 is in the Cross Penny Post.

The Cross Penny Post came into being in 1827 as a result of the establishment of a mail coach from Bristol to Bridg(e)water.  Cross took over receiving houses from Bristol (Hutton, Uphill, Weston and Worle) and from Wells (Axbridge and Cheddar).

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Free Crewkerne entire from 1790

The entire below is addressed to "The Right Revd the Lord Bishop of Bath & Wells" so went free in the General Post.  It has a partial purple London "FREE" mark with foliate leaves just below the "CREWK / HERNE" handstamp.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Chard mileage mark from 1810

The entire below has a "CHARD / 142" mileage mark, 24x10mm, used in 1810.  This is an example of SO 349, earlier than the previously known examples from 1812-1822.  The handstamp looks fairly clean so is probably near the start of its life.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Castle Cary in 1781, 1783

The entires below have examples of the "CASTLE / CARY" handstamp from 1781 and 1783.  This is the first handstamp used at Castle Cary, known from 1778 to 1785.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Wells to Tunbridge Wells in 1758

The entire below was sent from Wells, Somerset to Tunbridge Wells, Kent in 1758.  As it was addressed to "The Right Reverend The Lord Bishop of Bath & Wells" it went free in the General Post, and has been marked "P" for Privilege to indicate that no postage charge was due.

The "WELLS" handstamp is crisp and clean and matches SO 893 (30x6 mm, previously known 1759-1766), an example of which from 1765 is shown below.

This extends the usage earlier by one year.  SO 889 (31x7 mm) is known used 1754-1758, but unfortunately I don't have an example to compare with.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Milverton and Wells mileage marks

Two recent acquisitions, a very clean "MILVERTON / 172" mileage mark from April 1806 (soon after its issue), and a "WELLS.S / 129" mileage mark from May 1820 franked by the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Cross Penny Post: Boxed "No.9"

The entire, below, from March 1841, is from Wedmore to Weston-super-Mare and has a boxed "No.9" receiving house handstamp.  The receiving house handstamps continued to be used to indicate where mail was posted, even after the introduction of the Uniform Penny Post (and the end of the local Penny Posts).

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Bath Penny Post: Unboxed "No.19"

Below is a new acquisition, an unboxed "No.19" in the Bath Penny Post in 1837.  The entire is addressed from Paulton.

An unboxed "No.19" receiving house handstamp is known used at Paulton in 1837-38 in the Bath Penny Post.

It is quite difficult to read the unboxed handstamp - at various times I thought it was a "No.10" or a "No.18" before settling on "No.19".

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Wincanton, WWI Censorship

The cover illustrated below was posted from Wincanton to the USA in October 1916 by Charles King, a stamp dealer.

As a stamp dealer, he had to have a permit to send stamps abroad.  His was number C21, as is written on the front of the cover.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Wincanton c. 1801-1804

The Wincanton straight line mark shown below is known used from 1801 to 1807.  The entire, to Birmingham, is undated apart from "1st July".

The entire has two postal markings, an "8" crossed out, and a stylised "10" (the spiral).  From 1801 to March 1805 8d was the postal rate for 120-170 miles and 10d was the rate for 230-300 miles (on 12th March 1805 the postal rates went up so that 8d was 80-120 miles and 10d was 170-230 miles).

Wincanton to Birmingham direct is about 125 miles while going via London is about 245 miles.  This fits with the 1801 rates as 8d would be the rate for going direct while 10d would be the rate for going via London.

This would date the entire to be from July 1801 to July 1804.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Bruton 1797 and 1804

The "BRUTON" straight line handstamp illustrated below is known used in 1797 and 1798.

Bruton had a boxed mileage mark "BRUTON / 142" from 1802 to 1809, the example below being from 1804.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

A Trio of Advertising Envelopes

Here are a trio of advertising envelopes, starting with one from Bristol in 1913 advertising 'Fitu' corsets.

The envelope below advertised Fardon's Vinegar in 1928 - it was sent as printed matter but charged 2d psotage due as it was liable to the letter rate.  The addressee refused the letter.

Here is an advertising envelope for Radiac Shirts, Collars and Pyjamas.  The firm was taken over and became part of 'Tootal'.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Burnham-on-Sea three colour franking

This nice cover below bearing a three colour franking is from Burnham-in-Sea to Switzerland in July 1921.  3d paid for the UPU surface mail while the additional 6d paid for the overseas Express service (typically just the delivery from the local delivery office to the addressee.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Shepton Mallet 'Dulwich' Cancels

A 'Dulwich' cancel is a double circle double-arc cancel, so called because the first one was issued to Dulwich.

Shepton Mallet has had a number of 'Dulwich' cancels, the earliest type of which were of the form "SHEPTON-MALLET / +" with a maltese cross at the bottom.  Some of these are illustrated on this first sheet - with examples with thin arcs from 1903, slightly thicker arcs from 1905 and thick arcs from 1930.  There are probably more varieties used in the intervening years.

This next sheet has a "SHEPTON MALLET SOMERSET / 1" cancel from 1939. 

The cancel is slightly unusual as the date inside is not aligned wit the lettering outside.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Cross Penny Post "No.2" and "No.5"?, 1835

Here are two recently acquired examples of the Cross Penny Post, both from 1835.  This first one is from August 1835 and is from Weston-super-Mare with a poor boxed "No.2" receiving house handstamp.  This is one of the more common receiving house marks in the Cross Penny Post.

This next example is from June 1835 and was written at Uphill.  I think it has a boxed "No.5" receiving house handstamp but it is impossible to be 100% sure because the handstamp was over-inked. 

The assignment of some of the receiving house handstamps in the Cross Penny Post is difficult because there are few examples.  It was previously thought that "No.5" could be Sidcot and that Uphill could be "No.8" - unfortunately this example is not clear enough to make a definitive statement that Uphill was "No.5".

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Reverse-Arc "FROME" 1800

The entire below has a fairly poor example of the reverse-arc "FROME" handstamp, used in May 1800.  This extends the recorded usage of this handstamp from 1798-1799.

A previous post illustrates a better example of the handstamp from 1799.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Boxed "No.44" in the Bath Penny Post, 1831

The entire below, written in Chewton Mendip, has a red boxed "No.44" in the Bath Penny Post, going via Old Down to Bath to London.  It is likely that the "No.44" was issued under the Bristol Penny Post - there is a gap in the receiving house numbers at No.44 and the Bath-issued numbers don't go that high.

Mail from the area often went to Old Down where the mail coach routes crossed, going via Bath to the East (& London), via Bristol to the North, and via Wells to the South and West.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Old Down boxed "No.15" used in November 1822

The entire below, dated 9th November 1822, has a crisp boxed "No.15" receiving house handstamp.  This handstamp was used at Old Down and this entire brings the known dates of use earlier, into 1822.  The crispness of the handstamp indicates that it was near the beginning of its life.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Westbury UDC

The "WESTBURY" undated circular handstamp (UDC) was issued on 7th December 1847 under Wells.  The example below is currently the latest known example.

In Victorian society, the width of the black mourning lines expressed the depth of loss.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Timberscombe UDC

The "TIMBERSCOMBE" undated circular handstamp (UDC) was issued on 13th August 1844 under Taunton.  The example below is currently the only recorded example, used in December 1859.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Shapwick UDC

The "SHAPWICK" undated circular handstamp (UDC) was also issued on the 8th January 1849 under Glastonbury.  It is also known in black and in blue, but I don't have any examples in blue.

The contents of the top letter are interesting:  "Mrs GH Templar will thank Mr West to send her by return of Post Five Dozen Stamps as they are not to be had in the Country Offices"

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Ashcott UDC in black and in blue

The "ASHCOTT" undated circular handstamp (UDC) was issued on 8th January 1848 under Glastonbury.  It is known used in black and in blue.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Wincanton mileage mark, 1817

Here is an example of the "WINCANTON / 118" mileage mark used in 1817, not brilliant but the first example I've managed to acquire.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Wells Registered Letter, 1849, 6d in cash

Registration was introduced in 1841 with a fee of 1s which had to be paid in cash.  On 28th March 1848 the registration fee was reduced to 6d, still required to be paid in cash.  From June 1850 Postmasters were instructed to affix stamps to letters to denote the paid Registration Fee.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Yeovil Penny Post: Boxed "No.2" in 1837, and blue cds (1849)

Stoke [-sub Hamdon] had the boxed "No.2" receiving house handstamp in the Yeovil Penny Post.  The example below is dated March 1837.

While we're on Yeovil, here is an example of the Yeovil cds (SO 1064) in blue from 1849.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Cross Penny Post: Boxed "No.4" in c.1838

The Receiving House at Cheddar used the boxed "No.4" handstamp firstly in the Wells Penny Post from 1816 and then in the Cross Penny Post after it was established in 1827.  The undated item below went in the Cross Penny Post from Cheddar ("No.4") to Banwell (which had the boxed "No.3" handstamp).

Because the "Cross / Penny Post" is in blue/green, the piece must date from 1837-1839.