A. Kinds of Souvenir
of the following lines comprises "Kind"
(of souvenir) followed by "Example"
and finally "Abbreviated"
Commemorative overprint 1982-046-01
Commem. opt. Cover 1982-046-02
Filler card 1981-255-03
Impressed die 1910-118-06
Information card 1933-150-05 Inf.
Information sheet 1937-160-03 Inf.
Perfin booklet 1975-127A-01
Postally Valid souvenir sheet 1973-091-01 PVS
Postmark filler 1983-121B-02 Pmk
Postmark information 1947-253-05 Pmk
Postmark postcard 1976-101A-01 Pmk
Postmark proof 1890-137-07
Presentation card 1976-208-02 Pres.
Presentation pack 1981-137-01 Pres.
Presentation postcard 1890-137-03 Pres.
Presentation sheet 1980-275B-04 Pres.
Private envelope 1890-184-12
Private label 1912-288-12
Private overprint 1911-159-15 Private
Private postcard 1890-137-09
Proof postcard 1890-137-04
Publicity label 1982-054-01 Pub.
Souvenir card 1973-133B-01 Souv.
Souvenir folder 1974-056-04 Souv.
Souvenir label 1974-139B-01 Souv.
Souvenir sheet 1974-123-02 Souv.
Telegraphic card 1890-137-01
If searching the “Kind” column
in the database with the FIND facility,
note that there are no fullpoints on the
abbreviations “opt” and “pmk”.
B. The Catalogue
catalogue database has 4238 records. It
is for souvenir material produced for British
philatelic exhibitions, but also philatelic
events that did not include a formal stamp
exhibition as such.
(A separate listing covers
postal events, such as mailcoach runs, the
opening of philatelic counters and the provision
of permanent postmarks for tourists’ souvenir
mail. This is not on database, but presented
in “British Souvenir Mail” section 6 as
a checklist only.)
The catalogue database has
the following fields:
– Item – Event – Kind – Description – Held
SORT. Each exhibition or
event is defined by the date on which it
began. This is quoted as the year (in full)
plus its day number, i.e. counting 1 January
as 001 through to 31 December as 366 (to
cater for leap-years). Example: 1944-033
= 2 February 1944.
For separate events on the same day, A,
B, C ... is added.
for 21 May 1966:
Federation Convention, Sittingbourne.
Convention Yorkshire Phc. Assn., Rotherham.
66, London SW7.
Some events are known
to have taken place, though exactly when
remains undetermined. This can also arise
if no particular “first day was set. In
such cases the day number is shown as 000,
if possible with a note of when the item
was first seen. The “000” day number can
be followed by A, B, C ... if necessary,
Study Circle 20th Anniversary.
ITEM. Each item produced
for an event is serially numbered 01, 02,
03 ..., giving
So that, for example, a full catalogue number
for the special postmark of the Polphilex
66 exhibition above is: 1966-142C-03.
EVENT. The (normal) date
is given plus the name and place of the
KIND. The many types of souvenir
extant are as listed above. The words are
mostly spelled in full for clarity, but
where abbreviated this is as shown. Note
that a plain cover (usually self-addressed)
is not catalogued as such, since they must
exist for virtually every event. This explains
why some special postmarks or cachets are
listed, yet there is no cover to accompany
them. The small gummed vignettes produced
at Polish exhibitions, intended to be affixed
to plain covers to make commemorative items,
have been classified as souvenir sheets.
The various souvenirs for
a given event are grouped for listing and
mostly entered in this order:
sheets and souvenir cards
stamps and booklets
postcards and postal stationery
Within the groupings
related items are kept together, for example,
a souvenir sheet is listed with its specimens,
folders, presentation editions, private
overprints, and so on.
DESCRIPTION. A brief indication
is given of what the item comprises or what
it depicts. Maximum information about special
postmarks is included because of their particular
importance in souvenir collecting. By kind
permission of the British Postmark Society
and of Colin Peachey, data and catalogue
numbers from their comprehensive standard
works have been copied into the database
in this form:
Special postmark used
on one day only: Sp.pmk 547.
used on several days: 9-12 Mar sp.pmk 503.
If the design was different for
day (apart from the date), this is indicated
there was a new issue of stamps while the
postmark was current:
16-20 Sep [NI:19]
new issue in booklet form, [NI:19] is shown
as [bklt NI:19].
postmarks include the period of use: Slogan
pmk 2202, 7-12 May.
HELD. The database served
also as my inventory. Though the collection
has now been sold, I retain the record in
the database: it confirms in each case whether
or not a listed item had actually been seen
NOTES. Where the item was
listed from a literature source only, the
reference is given. (The sources are cited
in full in the bibliography in section 4.)
The many references to Roger Hudson’s monthly
sales list of G.B. postal history are shown
as, for example, “Hudson Mar 91/Z137”, meaning
item Z137 in his March 1991 list. For the
long run of Stampex publicity labels, I
include my type classification, for example
“Negus Type D”, as published in British
Philatelic Bulletin Vol.36 (Sep 1998) pp.14-17.
Notes also expands Descriptions
with information like “Set of 12”, “Code
A above date” or “4 colours”. Frequent abbreviations
FD first day – ill. illustrated
– inscr. inscribed – NI new
issue – op.pmk operational postmark
– ppc’s picture postcards – p.sty
postal stationery – sp.pmk special
postmark – sto stamped to order.
Written during database construction 1996-97;
transcribed October 2001.)