Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Christmas present

Well that's my Christmas present sorted out - "Masters of the Post: The Authorized History" by Duncan Campbell-Smith, RRP £30 but available at a significant discount from Amazon. Here is a link to a short video on the book from the Amazon website.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Wells Penny Post

Two wrappers sent in the Wells Penny Post, with Receiving House marks - a framed "No.16" and an unframed "No.17".  These are likely to originally be from the Bristol Penny Post.  Oxley assigns "No.16" to Oakhill.  Chew Magna had "No.43" from 1830-33 but was then given "No.17" which it had from 1834-1840 (source - "Bristol 5th Clause & Penny Posts 1793-1840" by Ian Warn). So "No.17" is likely to be Chew Magna.   From 1818 a number of Receiving Houses, including these, were under Bristol, Bath and Wells, ie. they could sent mail to whichever Post Town, depending on where it was addressed.
Below is a map of the Wells Penny Post, taken from an article in the S&DPHG Journal:

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Wedding and Coronation

The wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 was an occasion of national and worldwide interest, commemorated by a country-wide slogan cancel.
This was followed in June 1953 by the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, after the death of her father, King George VI on 6th February 1952.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Post WW II Slogans

The post-war slogans continued in the same vein as between the wars ... Post Early for Christmas:

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Slogans during WW II

Slogans were abandoned for the duration of WW II except for a few patriotic exhortations.