Historical Postal Rates for Postcards

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I am indebted to Peter Stubbs for much of the information below (extracted from Peter's site www.edinphoto.org.uk) and his permission for allowing me to use this on the Harberton website.

Postcard Postage Rates 1890s to 1929

Queen Victoria        

General example

Locally postmarked

 

 

 

    to 1900 d

 

The d stamp changed from vermillion to blue-green in 1900 to meet international standards

1900 01

d

King Edward VII

 

 

 

 

 

Blue-green stamp

1902 04

d

Yellow-green stamp

1904 10

d

King George V

 

 

 

 

 

'Downey Head'  -  drawn from a photograph by W & D Downey, the Court Photographers

1911 - 12

d

'Profile Head'  This head was introduced to match the heads on coins and medals.

1912 18

d

 

Profile Head' as for the d stamp above.

1918 21

1d

 

 

1921 22

1d

The 1d stamp was again used for postcards, following protests over the 1d rate. This stamp appears to have been issued in several shades of red.

1922 28

1d

 

'Profile Head'  This head was introduced to match the heads on coins and medals.

1929

1d

Postcard Postage Rates from 1930

Below are brief notes on some of the postcard postage rates and stamps in subsequent years, but omitting most of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II due to the large number of changes of postal rates and commemorative stamps during her reign.

King George V

 

 

 

 

RED

New design of definitive stamp from 1934. Commemorative Silver Jubilee stamp in 1935

1930 36

1d

King Edward VIII

King from 20/1/36 to his abdication on 11/12/36

 

 

 

RED

Simple design, issued in September 1936. The only word on the stamp was 'Postage'

1936

1d

King George VI

 

 

 

 

RED

 

1937

1d

?

 

 

1937 41

?

ORANGE

 

1941 50

2d

BROWN

 

 

1951 52

2d

Queen Elizabeth II

 

 

 

 

BROWN

 

1952 57

2d

?

here 1959 red

1957 62

?

RED

 

 

1962

2d

VARIOUS

 

 

 from 1962

various

I am indebted to Peter Stubbs for the above information (extracted from Peter's site www.edinphoto.org.uk) and his permission for allowing me to use this on the Harberton website.

Monarchs' Dates

Victoria to 1901
Edward VII - 1901 to 1910
George V - 1910 to 1936
Edward VIII - 1936
George VI - 1936 to 1952
Elizabeth II - 1952

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