Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Unboxed "No.24" from Radstock under Bath, 1844

The Penny Post receiving house handstamps continued in use after the introduction of the Uniform Penny Post in 1840.  The wrapper below originated in Radstock and received the unboxed "No.24" handstamp.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Missent to Bristol Station, 1854

The entire below from Germany in October 1894 was addressed to Bradford, Wilts but firstly got missent to Bradford, Yorks and secondly then missent to Bristol Station (not the route to Bradford, Wilts).

It has the later and rarer version of the "MISSENT-TO / BRISTOL-STATION" cachet (on top of the blue-green Bradford Yorks mark).

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Money Letter from Frome to Whatley in 1893/4

The OHMS Money Letter below was sent registered to the Sub-Postmaster of Whatley from Frome, its main post office, and would most probably have contained money to run the post office.

The letter bears despatch marks from Frome M.O & S.B (Money Order & Savings Bank) dated 16th December 1893 and receipt marks at Whatley on 1st January 1894.  What was happening to the letter in the meantime (just over two weeks) ?

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Invoice/Receipt for Printing for the Cullompton Turnpike Trust, 1837

The entire below is a receipted invoice for Printing associated with the Cullompton Turnpike Trust, sent on 12th August 1837.  The invoice is for the printing of two notices, one for paying two years interest and the second for lifting Tolls (probably increasing them).  The Invoice came from  the "Taunton Courier and General Printing-Office".

Here is an image of the contents:

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Incorrectly Dated Meter Mark, Taunton Cider 1994

Users of Meter Marks had to remember to wind on the date so that meter mail was correctly dated.  The Taunton Cider Company did not do this on the entire below from August 1994, so the envelope received a framed "INCORRECTLY DATED BY SENDER / ACTUALLY POSTED ON / 8 AUG 1994" cachet, so the recipient did not think the Post Office had been tardy in delivering the item.

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Undated "BA" in a Triangle cancel, Printed Matter in 1924

Printed Matter was often not cancelled with a dated cancel as delivery did not have to happen within a specific timescale.  The envelope below has a Bath "BA" in a triangle cancel and is not dated. However the contents do date the envelope to 1924.

The contents relate to a tour of the Shire Horse "Theale St. Clair" which had been engaged by the Bath Heavy Horse Society for the Season 1924, for the use of its Members.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Telegram from High Bickington, Devon to Limpley Stoke, Bath in September 1872

The telegram below was sent from High Bickington, near South Molton, Devon, to Limpley Stoke near Bath in September 1872.  It was delivered from the Freshford Post Office about 3/4 mile away and bears a "FRESHFORD" single ring handstamp.

Sunday, 26 September 2021

OHMS envelope from Royal Ordnance Factory Bridgwater, 1975

The Royal Ordnance Factory Bridgwater was constructed early in WWII.  The windowed OHMS envelope below was posted in July 1975.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Jubilee of the Uniform Penny Post, 1890

In 1890 the 50-year jubilee of the establishment of the Uniform Penny Post in 1840 was celebrated. Below is an example of the Post Office Jubilee envelope and its contents, sent within Bath in July 1890 and cancelled by a "BATH / 53" 3-bar Vertical Oval Duplex cancel (3VOD).

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Bath 4-Bar Vertical Oval Duplex (4VOD) cancels

There are five impressions registered in the Stamp Impression Book of Bath "53" 4VOD cancels with a flat topped "3", but other handstamps not in the SIB were also used - at least 24 different ones can be distinguished.

Here are examples of three cancels, all on envelopes bearing a pair of ½d bantam stamps.  Regulations said that each stamp should be separately cancelled but this has been done on only one of the covers.