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Volume 43#16 Nov 27 – Dec 10, 2018, 2018

Uniform four-penny post sets stage for comprehensive reform

The first “real reform” of Great Britain’s postal system came in December 1839, when the uniform four-penny post was implemented. The short-lived change, which was in effect for only 36 days – from Dec. 5 until Jan. 9, 1840 – saw the end of rates calculated by distance. Instead, postage was now charged based on weight – four pence for pre-paid letters up to half an ounce – and there was no penalty for multiple sheets. What’s more, for mail with rates already less than four pence, the existing lower rates applied. Before the uniform four-penny post was implemented, the Select Committee, of which Sir Rowland Hill was a member, did an “amazing investigation of the number of letters mailed,” said Tom Slemons, a U.S.-based director of the Great Britain Collectors Club. Continue reading →

This cover was mailed from Ipswich to Norfolk on the first day of the uniform four-penny post as indicated by the ‘P4’ in the bottom-left corner.

Also In This Issue
Canada Post holiday stamps issued nationwide

This year’s holiday stamps, which include both secular and sacred issues, were released by Canada Post on Nov. 2.

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Joining forces for philately

"We must keep on trying to solve problems, one by one, stage by stage, if not on the basis of confidence and co-operation, at least on that of mutual toleration and self-interest.”

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Lotus souvenir sheet tops Young Collectors auction

A 2018 souvenir sheet featuring two lotus stamps issued by Canada Post was the top-earning lot of the Young Collectors Postage Stamp and Coin Auction held this fall in Mississauga.

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