Known as “Post & Go stamps,” these labels are sold from the Royal Mail’s self-service kiosks, which are similar to Canada Post’s new kiosk machines and allow customers to weigh their mail before buying and printing the required postage.
The first British self-service kiosk was tested at The Galleries Post Office in Bristol in 2008. The labels are available in six different classes:
- 1st Class (up to 100 grams);
- 1st Class Large (up to 100 grams);
- a dual-value for Europe (up to 20 grams) or worldwide (up to 10 grams);
- Europe (up to 100 grams);
- worldwide (up to 20 grams); and
- worldwide (up to 100 grams).
‘MAIL BY AIR’
Mail transportation by aeroplane was inaugurated in February 1911, when the world’s first airmail was carried at an exhibition in Allahabad, India.
Seven months later, the U.K.’s first aerial post was flown from Hendon to Windsor in honour of King George V’s coronation. From Sept. 9-26, 20 flights were made between the two locations, which constituted the world’s first regular airmail service.
In 1919, the Royal Air Force introduced flights between Folkestone and Cologne to carry mail to British forces. Later that year, the first public international air service was initiated, transporting civilian mail between London and Paris.
After its founding in 1924, Imperial Airways established numerous airmail routes across Europe to the Empire in India and Africa. In December 1934, following experimental flights three years earlier, a full direct mail service to Australia was inaugurated.