Sunday, 3 July 2022

Wellington 29mm Soft Packet Cancel, 1968

For some reason this envelope did not get cancelled with a machine cancel but instead got a 29mm single ring (soft packet) cancel, in July 1968.  The cancel is only partial, with just "WELLING" showing.

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Problems with Mail at Wellington

Wellington in Somerset has problems with receiving mail for Wellington in Shropshire, as well as receiving mail for other places.  Maybe as a result Wellington has had a number of cachets for use in those kinds of situations.

These first three sheets have examples of different "NOT KNOWN / WELLINGTON  SOMERSET" cachets, a smaller one from 1965, and a larger one from 1979 (two) and 1986.

A slightly different example is this framed "MISSENT TO / WELLINGTON / SOMERSET" cachet, which was deployed on the example below because it had got missorted to Wellington rather than Wells (Wells, Somerset is another place which potentially gets mail for another Wells in Norfolk though that has now been renamed to Wells-next-the-Sea).

Sunday, 26 June 2022

Yeovil Receiver, 1868

The envelope below, from Piddletown to Yeovil in April 1868, has a "YEOVIL" single ring receiving mark on the reverse (nothing at all exceptional but not always collected).

Piddletown was later renamed Puddletown in the late 1950s.  "Piddle" comes from the River Piddle.  Other villages on the River Piddle contain the name Piddle or have been renamed to Puddle.  Here is an envelope from Piddletrenthide ('trenthide' comes from it having been assessed for thirty hides in the Domesday Book).

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

A Maritime Paquebot cover through Bristol

The cover below, most likely philatelic, has some interesting marks, in particular the "PAQUEBOT / POSTED AT SEA" mark which is also known as a dated machine cancel.  It has previously been recorded like this, without a date slug but this is the first recorded example which can be dated.

Sunday, 19 June 2022

Registered envelope from Filton, 1940

I'm not sure where to put this cover: it is a Registered, Express cover from Filton franked with two meter marks and sent from the Bristol Aeroplane Company in April 1940.  It fits under so many headings !

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Town Sub-Offices in Bristol - Queen's Road, The Mall

Here are a couple of Town Sub-Offices in Bristol, firstly a telegram form with cancels from Queen's Road, Bristol in 1964.  This is one way to obtain used higher-value definitives !

Secondly, here is a registered envelope cancelled at The Mall, Bristol in December 1977.  The envelope had been sent by Donald Forbes-Smith, a stamp dealer who had a shop in The Mall and later in Christmas Steps.

Sunday, 12 June 2022

Foreign Section, Bristol in 1977

The airmail letter below was sent from Yate, Bristol to Ontario in June 1977.  It does not seem to have been franked.  It received a large red handstamp from the Foreign Section in Bristol and a large blue biro "T" indicating it was to be taxed - perhaps it received the "T" first and then the Foreign Section handstamp.

Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Bristol Returned Letter Branch, 1906

The addressee on envelope below from USA to Cheltenham had "Gone Away".  The envelope went back from Cheltenham to the Returned Letter Branch in Bristol and then to the Returned Letter Office in London.  It may then have been returned to the USA.

Sunday, 5 June 2022

Wellington (Somerset) Triangular WEF cancel and TO PAY Charge Mark

A couple of items from Wellington (Somerset), firstly an undated envelope cancelled with a "WEF" triangular mark.  The envelope would have been printed matter (so not wanting a datestamp) and dates from 1912 to c.1935.

The second item is an underfranked envelope with a "2D / TO PAY / 860" charge mark but only a 1d postage due stamp.

The envelope was franked at 1½d.  The 2d postage due was based on it being a letter (rate 2½d, deficiency 1d) but it was actually printed matter (rate 2d, deficiency ½d) so was liable to only 1d postage due.  The printed matter rate had gone up from 1½d to 2d four days earlier.

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

GWR Miscellany

Here is a miscellany of GWR items - a GWR receipt postcard used in 1899, a GWR luggage tag used in 1937, and a GWR seat reservation card (undated).

Sunday, 29 May 2022

Boxed "No.1" Handstamp in the Bath Penny Post, November 1817

Prior to this cover, no use of a boxed "No.1" receiving house handstamp had been recorded in the Bath Penny Post.  The cover is a Norwich Union Insurance form addressed to Dublin and bears inside an address of "Batheaston".

The entire has a "BATH / Penny Post" handstamp and two Bath circular mileage marks dated 1st and 2nd November 1817, with a Dublin lozenge receiving mark on the reverse dated 5th November 1817.

The two Bath circular mileage marks are probably because the letter arrived too late to catch the mail coach.

The Bath Penny Post was announced in September 1810 as having receiving houses at Walcot, Batheaston, Bathford, Widcombe, Twerton, Weston and Winifred's Dale.  The assignment of the boxed "No.1" handstamp to Batheaston is slightly problematic as later examples from Batheaston in 1830 have boxed "No.2" receiving handstamps, so if these are both correct then the handstamp transferred between the two dates.  An example of the boxed "No.2" exists from 1813 but unfortunately it has no address associated with it.

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Entire from Ammerdown Park with unboxed "No.24" receiving house handstamp of Radstock, December 1837

The entire below was written at Ammerdown Park, about 2 miles SE of Radstock and sent to Baltonsbury in December 1837.  It has the unboxed "No.24" receiving house handstamp of Radstock.

Sunday, 22 May 2022

Bath Penny Post from Oakhill with boxed "No.18" handstamp, July 1833

The entire below is from Oakhill cottage to Lincolnshire and has a boxed "No.18" receiving house handstamp, used at Oakhill.  The "BATH" double-arc datestamp has the last digit of the year omitted (the date inside is 1st July 1833).


Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Bath boxed mileage mark and a London Free mark from 1801

The front below was posted in Bath on the 29th September 1801 and bears a Bath boxed mileage mark and a very clear London Free mark.

The front is endorsed "J. King" who was possibly Sir John Dashwood King, MP for Chipping Wycombe from 1796 to 1831.

Sunday, 15 May 2022

Entire sent Free from Bath in 1791

The 1791 entire below was sent Free by "A. Gardner" originally from Bath to Suffolk, then redirected back to London.  As a result it has multiple London Free marks dated 18th and 21st November 1791.

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Bath mileage mark to Ireland in 1786/1787

The part-entire below unfortunately does not have a date, but must come from between April 1786 and April 1787 based on the "BATH / 110" handstamp.  It was going to Ireland, the postal rate for which was the rate to London (5d) plus 6d for London to Dublin.  It then incurred another 4d for over 30 Irish miles.

Sunday, 8 May 2022

Commercial mail from Bristol - Heinz and Imperial Tobacco

Here are a couple of examples of commercial mail from Bristol, starting with an envelope from H.J. Heinz Co. Ltd. in 1938, with an illustration of the Heinz factory in London on the reverse.

The contents were a letter from the Bristol office about a course in London.

The second item is a windowed envelope from The Imperial Tobacco Company sent in August 1940, with two KGVI stamps with "IT / C" perfins.

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Two-line Wellington handstamp from 1780

The entire below, with a date inside of 2nd August 1780, has a two-line "WELLING / TON" handstamp, known in use 1780-1781.  Based on its clarity, I would surmise that the handstamp was fairly new at the time.

Sunday, 1 May 2022

'Mulready' homage on the occasion of Bill Barrell's move to Lincolnshire in 1995

The item below is an homage to the Mulready design on the occasion of Bill Barrell's move to Lincolnshire in 1995.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Mulready letter sheet from Chard, Too Late in November 1840

The Mulready letter sheet below was sent from Chard to London at the end of November 1840.  The black wax seal on the back indicates that it came from J. Toms of Bridport Bank in Chard.  Unfortunately it was posted too late to catch the mail coach so was handstamped "Too Late" to indicate to the recipient why it had not arrived beforehand [imagine that happening today ?!]

The Chard "Too Late" handstamp has previously only been recorded used in black in 1841 and the "CHARD" double-arc datestamp was also only previously recorded used in black.

Sunday, 24 April 2022

London 1980 Coaching Cover

The cover below commemorates London 1980, and went by Air from the HQ of the British Forces Post Office to Earls Court where the London 1980 Stamp Exhibition was being held.

The cover illustrates an early Victorian mail coach as well as one from 1980.

Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Downend UDCs under Bristol

Downend in Gloucestershire came under Bristol and was issued with two undated circular handstamps (UDCs).  The first UDC, the standard double-arc handstamp, was issued in February 1848 and is currently known used until June 1858.

A late format single ring UDC was issued in November 1858.  The example below is currently the only recorded example, used in December 1859.

Sunday, 17 April 2022

Schweppes Ltd, Bristol commercial envelope used in 1897

The envelope below is from Schweppes Ltd., Bristol to Cirencester in November 1897 and has a "BRISTOL / 9" squared circle cancel.

Schweppes received a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria in 1837 and the envelope is marked "Purveyors to H.I.M. the Queen and H.R.H. the Prince of Wales" [H.I.M. - Her Imperial Majesty].

The envelope has a backstamp from Swindon Station, possibly indicative of a mis-sort.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

J.S. Fry & Sons security overprint, 1939

The receipt below, from J.S. Fry & Sons, Bristol has a KGVI 2d with a "J.S.F. & S. Ltd" overprint.  Overprint, like Perfins, were used to prevent employees from stealing stamps to cash them in at a Post Office.

Sunday, 10 April 2022

Imperial Tobacco Recycling 1951

The envelope below went from Imperial Tobacco's Returned Material Department in Bristol to Blackburn in March 1951.  The letter it contained asked for the return of tobacco and snuff tins and cardboard containers.

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Bridgwater Postcard, Insufficiently Prepaid, 1922.

The commercial postcard below, titled as "Printed Paper Rate" was franked with 1d stamp in February 1922.  To qualify as Printed Matter, the postcard had to contain a maximum of five words.  Unfortunately it did not do so, so was liable to the Postcard rate which was 1½d from the 13th June 1921 to 28th May 1922.  As a result it was under franked by ½d and was charged 1d postage due.


Sunday, 3 April 2022

Private Parcel Post Label, Wellington, 1896

The Parcel Post Label below, used in March 1896, is for Egerton Burnett's Special Private Post Office.  It was probably printed by the Government printer given that its style is so close to standard Government printed labels.

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Bristol Ship Letter handstamp, September 1913

 Below is a late use of the Bristol Ship Letter handstamp, used in September 1913.  From then, Ship Letter handstamps are only known used from Avonmouth as the larger ships of the time could no longer make it up the Avon to Bristol harbour.

Sunday, 27 March 2022

"We [love] Lead-Free" Slogan Cancel in Green in 1986 - and some consequeences

In 1986, to celebrate lead-free petrol, the "We [love] / LEAD-FREE" slogan was used in Green ink.  There were a number of consequences of this, as can be seen in the examples below.

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Sunday, 20 March 2022

Somerset County Gazette Slogan 1986

The Somerset County Gazette is a weekly tabloid newspaper sold through most of Somerset except for the eastern and north-eastern parts; it’s mainly distributed around Taunton, Minehead and Wellington. It was founded in 1836 and is published by Newsquest (South West) Ltd, who are collocated with the newspaper’s editorial offices in Taunton.  It comes out on Thursdays and appears in two editions: a Main edition and a West Somerset edition.

A Slogan cancel celebrating 150 years of the Somerset County Gazette was used in 1986 in Taunton.  For the first month of use the wrong daters were used on the First and Second class mail.

Here are a few postal newspaper clippings that may have been from the Somerset County Gazette  in 1989.

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Bristol Parcels, from 1902 and 1941

Here are a couple of Parcel Post items from Bristol, starting with two parcel tags used by Hudden & Co., a tobacco company, in 1902 to go to Hamburg.  The stamps are cancelled with a "BRISTOL" undated roller cancel.

This second page shows part of a parcel wrapper, sent registered from Bristol to Bude with a franking of 1/7d.  One cannot tell how much of the franking is for the Parcel post and how much for the Registration fee.  The wrapper is franked with six GVI 3d stamps with "JFT / B" perfins.

Sunday, 13 March 2022

Yet More Coaching Ephemera !

Here's some more coaching ephemera, starting with a receipt issued in March 1838 from the Castle & Falcon, Aldersgate Street, London.  Unlike earlier receipts this has a reference to an Act of Parliament that stops carriers being liable for damage or loss of parcels and packages worth more than £10 unless they had been entered and paid for.

The next two items relate to the estate of the late Marianne Lady Musgrave who died in 1835 aged 31, leaving three daughters under the age of ten.  One is from 1838, the second from 1841.

Wednesday, 9 March 2022

Strip Map from Bristol to Worcester, c.1780

The map below shows the road from Bristol to Worcester, and is possibly by Kitchins in c.1780.

It appears that by the time the Bristol Fifth Clause post started to Thornbury that the road had moved to the west, probably close to where the current A38 runs.


Sunday, 6 March 2022

Even More Coaching Ephemera

Here are some more coaching ephemera, starting with a couple of Porterage receipts from the White Horse Inn, Fetter Lane, London.

Here's another Porterage receipt from the White Horse Inn, but this time from Cripplegate.  It's on an announcement that the Colchester & Ipswich Waggons are moving from one inn to another.

 The receipt below is for Carriage as well Porterage, from the King's Head Inn, Borough.

The next item is a trade card from the Ram's Head Inn & Posting House, Disley (about 7 miles SE of Stockport on the A6).

The final item is an entire from Ramsgate in 1827 with coaching contents - Mrs Harvey asking why she hadn't heard that her items had been delivered.