Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Halfpenny Scottish Wheel Tax on Entire from Frome to Edinburgh in 1833.

 Mail transport had been exempt from road tolls from 1785 (road tolls arose on turnpike roads which had been privately built in order to recover costs and fund repairs).  In 1813 this exemption was repealed in Scotland (though not England), and in compensation the Post Office was allowed to charge an additional halfpenny on mail carried in a coach with more than two wheels in Scotland.

The entire below has an example of an "Addl / 1/2" handstamp applied.

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Chard 1841 Guardians of the Chard Union

 Here is an envelope sent within Chard in 1841 to the Overseer of the Chard Parish with a nice seal of  The Guardians of the Chard Union in the Counties of Somerset Dorset & Devon.

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Wells letter send Free to Chard 1826 with apparent Franking abuse

 The entire below is from one solicitor, Mr Parfitt of Wells, to another, Mr Clarke of Chard and has been sent Free, which would appear to be an example of Franking abuse.

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Pill entire, October 1840, with Unboxed "No.7" Receiving House Handstamp

The entire below was written by the captain on board ship on "Sunday morning Oct 4th off Lundy" and would have been posted in Pill by the pilot on 8th October 1840.  It was not paid in advance so incurred 2d postage due.

The receiving house in Pill had a boxed "No.7" receiving house handstamp from 1834, and was given the unboxed handstamp in 1840.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Bath pre-printed postcard 1874 "if spared"

 Here is an example of a pre-printed halfpenny postal stationery card used from Bath in 1874 filled in with a somewhat pessimistic message.  The postcard was asking for support for Sir Peter Spokes in an election to Director of the National Provident Institution.  The respondent has filled in "I shall if spared have pleasure in Voting for Sir Peter Spokes ...".

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Blue "No.10" in the Bath Penny Post, 1836

 The entire below was sent from "Combe Down near Bath" to Stafford in November 1836, and received a blue "No.10" receivin house handstamp.  The "No.10" receiving house handstamp is known in use at Widcombe, about a mile north of Combe Down, from 1829, and was previously only known used in blue in 1844.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Bristol Bottle Works, 1831 & 1847

 Below are two invoices from Bristol bottle works in Temple Gate, Bristol, from 1831 and 1847.

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Underpaid Letter from USA to Weston-super-Mare, 1895 with Liverpool Packet mark

Here is an underpaid letter from Iowa to Weston-super-Mare.  It had a 2c stamp (the standard US domestic rate) rather than 5c, equivalent to 2½d which from 1892 was the standard UPU foreign mail rate.

 Among the many marks there is a circular Liverpool Packet mark "U2 PACKET" (not sure about the "2") which I think denotes an Unpaid or Underpaid Packet.  Any info gratefully received.