Sunday, 31 March 2013

Taunton - a miscellany of more modern marks

Some more modern cancels now, firstly a circular "TAUNTON / SOMERSET" cancel from 1967.

Then some triangular "776" cancels (normally used for printed matter) in association with town and national slogan postmarks.

Circular cancels from 1999 that included telephone extension numbers.

Recorded Delivery (1981) and Signed For (2008).

And finally some unfranked official Post Office mail from 1974.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Taunton Penny Post - No.2 RH Handstamp ?

The partial entire shown below was a recent acquisition.  It has a 1d black cancelled with a blurred Maltese Cross, a Taunton dated Penny post handstamp for 15th February 1841 and an unboxed "No.2" handstamp.
Unfortunately the partial entire does not include the address that it was written from, however the filing note says "Mr Hancock to Mr Row".  It is likely that it was from Mr Hancock who was a Solicitor at Wiveliscombe.

Any information on where the "No.2" Receiving House handstamp came from gratefully received !

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Taunton - Recreation Rooms, Telegrams

During WW I, the Boy Scouts Association ran campaigns to provide Recreation Rooms for military personnel.

Going back to the circular cancels, here are a couple of Telegrams both with single ring handstamps, the first from 1890 with a straight line "TAUNTON", the second from 1915 with a curved "TAUNTON".

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Taunton Circular cancels

A sequence of circular cancels in the early part of the 20th century, starting with a single ring dated cancel from 1904.

Moving on to a Squared Circle cancel from 1906.

And then a double circle double-arc date stamp from 1906.

And finally back to a single ring dated cancel, this time with a straight line "TAUNTON" from 1915.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Taunton Duplex cancels

Accordintg to Parmenter, Taunton had two types of sideways duplex, one with a double-arc town die (sent in 1855), the second with a single-arc (sent in 1857).

This was followed by a small horizontal duplex (3CD) in 1858.

Then by a number of 4-bar vertical duplexes (from 1866).

A 3-bar vertical duplex (3VOD) was sent out in 1884 but I don't have a copy of this cancel.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Taunton Numeric Obliterator cancels

According to Parmenter Taunton had a large number of Numeric Obliterator and Duplex cancels.

After the Numeric Obliterator issued in 1844 (which had 3 bars above and 4 below) Taunton had a series of 3-bar horizontal 3HOS cancels (first sent out in 1852) before a Vertical 4-bar 4VOS that was sent out in 1869.  This was followed by a number of 3-bar 3VOS cancels.

The example below should be the 1844 cancel as it dates to 1846.
For historic interest, here's a copy of the contents:

Another horizontal numeric obliterator, from 1854.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Taunton after the Uniform Post

The Taunton dated Penny Post handstamp continued to be used as a receiving cancel for a number of years. Here are a couple of examples from 1846 and 1847.

Taunton received a Maltese Cross cancel - here's a rather poor example from 1842.

The numeric obliterator was issued in 1844.  Taunton was number 776.

The double-arc handstamp was also still used at this date.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Taunton Penny Posts - part 4

The final part of my examples of the Taunton Penny Post - a couple of examples of the unboxed "No.10" Receiving House handstamp from Monksilver from 1834 and 1835.

And two examples of the boxed "No.12" handstamp from North Curry, the first from 1834:

The second example is from 1842 where it has been used as a receiving handstamp.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Taunton Penny Posts - part 3

Continuing on the same track, here is an entire from 1831 with an unboxed "No.6" from the Williton Receiving House.  I've got a few questions about the postage marking of "6" (see the write-up).

A couple of examples of the unboxed "No.7" (Washford) from 1833 and 1836.

And finally an albino strike (so it is very difficult to see) of the unboxed "No.8" from the Trull Receiving House.  Was this strike albino because the Receiver had to pay for his own ink ?