My early effort at tracing postmark postcards appeared in the British
Philatelic Bulletin for October 1990, followed
by additions and corrections to the listing
in November 1992. The data was superseded
by the serial article I contributed to the
Quarterly Bulletin of the British Postmark
Society in four instalments, published in
the issues for October 1994 and January,
April and July 1995, to which the following
refers. I kept notes on the subject until
about mid-1999, now transcribed here in
October 2001. J.N.
square-bracketed note: an example of the
Christmas and New Year card was subsequently
took place 13-16 June 1939, but FD pmk was
14.6.39 and Last Day 17.6.39. This was confirmed
by replies to my survey of Congress postmarks
for the BPS Quarterly Bulletin, July 1994
and July 1995
now seen serviced: machine cancel WINDSOR
/ BERKS. 2-PM / 10 OCT / 1958.
Postal History Society series of postmark
postcards, inaugurated at this Conference,
had been suggested originally by Adrian
Hopkins. The designer of the Windsor card,
W.G. Stitt Dibden, stated that the postmark
dates are those for which he had seen examples,
rather than being an indication of period
sto card cancelled double ring LARGS 1.10.59
and addressed to Bradford was in Roger Hudson’s
GB postal history list 1.10.96, item N157.
now seen serviced: Hereford 4 / 5.30 PM
/ 29 SEP 60 cds.
1962 EAST ANGLIAN
seen on back (lower left) in black: stepped
LYNN / SHIP LETTER with P.H.S. CONFERENCE
/ OCT. 1962 below.
further covers (Grand Hotel, Lyndhurst stationery)
supplement markings described in original
entry and addendum: (1) The stamp cancelled
single ring LYNDHURST / F / 9 OC / 64 /HANTS,
in black. The 89 LYND / HURST cachet in
red in slogan position, tying stamp. (2)
Stamp cancelled double ring LYNDHURST /
HANTS dated 10 OC 64, the 64 indistinct.
The 89 LYND / HURST cachet to left plus
487 triangular die struck lower left. All
markings bright blue. Front also has (narrow)
red diamond. Back with two superimposed
slogan postmarks LONDON 12 OCT 1964.
1966 WATERFORD &
Cachets seen: circular
POSTAL HISTORY SOCIETY / CONFERENCE in blue,
also strike of barred-oval D82 in black.
1966 HOLYHEAD, MENAI-BRIDGE
Cachets seen: on
card (a) strike of barred-oval D82 in black;
on card (b) Conference circular cachet in
red. According to Roger Hudson’s GB postal
history list (Nov 1992/S163) the error “Cardiganshire”
was corrected to “Carnaervon” by overprinting,
but on which card not stated. Not seen.
special postmark 1512 was designed by Brigadier
George Viner, according to the P.H.S. Conference
report in Stamp Collecting Vol.115 (15 Oct
1970) p.419. The postcard monogram, noted
as “C.V.” should probably be read as “G.V.”,
as Brigadier Viner seems to have designed
circular cachet of 1965 modified by deletion
of “21st”, now reading POSTAL HISTORY SOCIETY
/ CONFERENCE, seen struck to right of illustration
3-card set now seen: narrates Bath postal
history, with pmk illustrations for 1706-1844
[a 4th card is non-pmk illustrated].
quantity of 1000 was split between two printings:
1st on thin card with grey-black ink, qty
500; 2nd on thick card with jet-black ink,
1985 WORCESTER (1)
card was re-used for Opening of New Brierley
Hill Delivery Office, 12 Oct 1998. [Sp.pmk
No. not noted.]
reprinted card was re-used with a cachet
at the Hampshire Convention 19 Oct 1996.
See 1996 Petersfield, below.
1988 NEWCASTLE SHIP
Card qty 1000 (FD
1988 NORTH &
SOUTH SHIELDS SHIP LETTERS
qty 1000 (FD 150).
1988 LIVERPOOL (REPRINT)
dates of the 70th PCGB should read “22-25
1990 VANGE &
The card was for
the 22nd anniversary of the Basildon PS
and designed by L.C.Stanway. Seen serviced:
BASILDON / ESSEX 21 APR 1990 cds.
should read: 35 sets on cream paper and
25 sets on white paper.
For Worthing promotion. 15 pmks, 1 ship
letter and Select Sunny Worthing slogan
LP 483t. On cream paper, 148 x 110mm. Qty
8 (2 sheets of 4) produced but unissued.
Des. J.E.O.Hobbs. Except for slogan, same
pmks illustrated as used on the 2 issued
cards (a) – Handstamps of Worthing.
1993 PORT TALBOT
1994 EAST GRINSTEAD
1994 SOUTH WALES
qty 500 (FD 100).
qty 700, of which FD serviced 300 at 2nd
Class plus 20 at 1st Class.
item described was on thick card and des.
J.E.O.Hobbs. Qty 200 (FD 75).
reprint. On thin card with redesigned Penny
Black, des. J.E.O.Hobbs. Qty 80. Produced
as place cards for the Anniversary Dinner
only, not further distributed.
qty 250 (FD 75). Additional servicing with
SE Ph.29: CARDIFF PHILATELIC COUNTER -6
One of two cards
for 21st PHS Conference, The Hague, 15-21
Sep 1965. Front: The Harwich Packet 1794
from watercolour in Netherlands Postal Museum;
inset 5 Ship Letter marks. Des. W.G.Stitt
Dibden. [Note: Conference 2nd card “The
Harwich Pacquet 1668” is a map with no pmk
The 2 cards seen serviced
two ways: (a) with boxed cachet in black
ZEELAND S.S. Co. / 15 SEP 1965 / m.s. Koningin
Emma, a GB stamp pmkd HARWICH / ESSEX cds
8.45 PM / 17 SEP / 1965 with wavy lines;
(b) with Dutch stamp, pmkd Hellevortsluis
2 -16 IX 65; also ’sGRAVENHAGE – NEDERLANDS
POSTMUSEUM, 2 cds’s seen dated 17.IX.65
and 21.IX.65. Cacheted circular POSTAL HISTORY
SOCIETY / 21st / CONFERENCE in blue, also
circular (?Museum) posthorn type in black.
1980 WEYMOUTH SHIP
For 36th PHS Conference,
Weymouth, 3 Oct. Card 150 x 98mm with plain
back, presumably an envelope filler. Front
inscr at head POSTAL HISTORY SOCIETY / 1980
CONFERENCE; at foot 3rd-6th OCTOBER / Gloucester
Hotel, Weymouth. Between the inscriptions
an oval and a stepped Ship Letter marking
to the AEPS Handbook 1993, the cover for
the Association’s 46th Stamp Day on 26 May
1990 contained a postmark postcard for the
Sudbury & District PS 25th anniversary.
1996 NORTH EAST RAILWAY
PS for North-East of England PA Convn, 13
Apr. Sketch map of public-railway network
between Bishop Auckland and Redcar, constructed
1825-46, each station identified with double-arc
postmark. Cream stock, plain back. Sold
in sets of 6, with one operational handstamp
per card from: Bishop Auckland, Shildon,
Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough
and Redcar, all dated 13 Apr 1996. Qty 1000
(FD 360). Additionally serviced (qty 150)
with York Post Shop philatelic handstamp
12 APR 1996. These cards bear a 25p North
Yorkshire Moors Railway Letter Stamp of
1.9.94 cancelled with N.Y.M.R. LEVISHAM
/ BOOKING OFFICE 12 APR 1996 cds and cacheted
TO BE POSTED ON ARRIVAL AT PICKERING STATION.
1996 EARLY WELSH
For 27th Convn Fedn
of South Wales PSs, Port Talbot, 27 Apr.
10 pmks. Celebrates 25th Anniversary of
Welsh PS, back of serviced cards bearing
vermilion souvenir label tied with bilingual
circular cachet. Qty 250 (FD 115). Serviced
PORT TALBOT / WEST GLAM. cds, but all dated
in error as 27 APR 1995: the reserve die
first used for 1995 Convention failed to
have its year changed.
1987 reprinted card re-used for Hampshire
Philatelic Federation Convention, Petersfield,
19 Oct. Back: (in message space) cachet
in blue HAMPEX ’96 / Petersfield / 19th
October 1996. Serviced single ring PETERSFIELD
HANTS 19 OCT 96 / 6-30 AM cds.
1996 BOLTON (3)
Bolton PS Exh & Fair, 26 Oct. Series
numbered (3). Combined Bolton Coat of Arms
in colour with 11 undated-circle pmks; card
glazed on front. Qty 500 (FD 150). Serviced
at Bolton Head P.O. with BOLTON LANCS /
Post Office 26.OC.96 datestamp.
Redditch PS for 25th Anniv Fair, 16 Nov.
7 early pmks. Qty 1000 (FD 200). Serviced
REDDITCH / WORCS. cds dated NOV 16 1996.
Available also with cachet of Society logo
inscr REDDITCH / PHILATELIC / SOCIETY /
1971-1996 struck in green in message space.
East Worthing SC for inaugural meeting,
6 Jan. 6 pmks 1881-1985. Des. J.E.O.Hobbs.
Qty 250 (FD 100). Serviced FIRST DAY OF
ISSUE WORTHING / 6 JAN 1997 (for Flowers
28th Convn Fedn of South Wales PSs, Port
Talbot, 3 May. Celebrates 50th Anniv Newport
PS. 9 pmks of Newport, Mon. Serviced PORT
TALBOT / WEST GLAM. cds dated 03 MAY 1997.
Marple & District PS for 50th Anniv,
9 May. 8 pmks. Qty 700 (FD 160). Of FD:
140 cancelled reverse on 1st Class 1997
self-adhesive, of which 50 signed; 20 signed
cards cancelled obverse on 1st Class Gold
definitive. Signature Sydney Dobson, Hon.
Life Member. Serviced MARPLE / STOCKPORT
cds dated 9 MAY 1997.
30th Convn Fedn of South Wales PSs, Port
Talbot, 1 May. 9 pmks + 2 instructional
marks. Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Cardiff
& South Wales PS. Serviced (first use
of) bilingual cds PORTH TALBOT / 1 5 1999
/ PORT TALBOT.
Acknowledgement. My reiterated
appreciation to valued fellow-students of
postmark postcards, Arthur Roberts, of Marple,
and the late Reg Gibson, of Plymouth. Both
were meticulous in sharing their knowledge
of this absorbing section of souvenir collecting
over many years. J.N.