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Prices have been brought up to date, and are for stamps in 'average' condition.
The currency is now selectable, the default is British Currency (£).
I have revised Hiscocks' original listing, though leaving references to the original designations.
The new designations have 'RH' numbers (Revised Hiscocks) to avoid confusion.
|1d - 2 shades.||3d||4d|
|6d - 2 shades.||1s - 2 shades.|
These are of various shades on variously shaded paper. Issued in sheetlets of 12, Perf. 12
Printed by Maclure, Macdonald & Co., Glasgow.
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The 1s is known used bisected in Dundee. There are reports that these were a result of a shortage of the Shilling values in 1891.
However dated examples are generally late 1890.
This one (of mine) is dated 30/10/90.
This one (courtesy of Roger de Lacy-Spencer) is dated 19/12/90.
An example courtesy of Alejandro Toledano on the left, dated 16/11/90. One of mine on the right, 27th Nov. but no year.
Another (better tied) example used in Dundee with a 3d to make 9d. Courtesy Mark Bloxham.
Another tied example used in Dundee.
Apart from 'Dundee' above, other types of cancel include the following :
|'Aberdeen' on 1d pair.||'Arbroath' on 3d.||'Birmingham' on 3d.||'C.G.M.'? on 4d|
|'Edinburgh' on 3d.||Munuscript 'Glasgow' on 6d||'Inverness' on 3d.||'Kirkcaldy' on 6d.||'Stirling' on 6d|
|A curious example cancelled with 'Subject to sufficient / Support being obtained'.||'CERTIFIED' on 6d.|
These last two appear to have been used postally !
|'London' CDS on 4d ?||CDS on 1s ?|
According to Raymond Lister (1961),
"These stamps were withdrawn from use at the end of 1891 to avoid the possibility of their being used by the public as postage stamps".
He goes on to give these figures for initially issued quantities:
According the Langmead and Huggins the company provided services "only in Yorkshire, and a radius of twenty-five miles round
Middlesborough, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Nottingham, 20 miles round Leicester and in Belfast and the province of Ulster."
Used examples are known from Aberdeen, Arbroath, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kirkcaldy, Leith and Stirling in Scotland
together with Birmingham, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester and Ossett (near Leeds) in England.
The province of Ulster includes Northern Ireland together with the counties of Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan from Southern Ireland.
In those days Middlesborough (now called Middlesbrough) was in North Yorkshire, but boundaries change.
It can be seen that some of the known used examples are from outside the areas they were said to have operated within.
The Wikipedia write-up goes some way to explaining this.
According the Langmead and Huggins, The Post Office took over the National Telephone Company at the beginning of 1912,
except for the municipal systems of Kingston-upon-Hull and Portsmouth (which is also not on the list).
Complete sheets of 12 of the 1d and 1s are comparatively common, whilst sheets of the 6d are very rare.
|3d, 4d and 1s. Courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson.|
|6d. Courtesy of Victoria Lajer of Andrew G Lajer.|
A National Telephone Co. Bill for November 1904 (150dpi). 5½d of the 11½d is disputed and 5d paid, for which a reciept is glued to it.
The back of this, shown below, has the customer and return addresses, with an old ½d stamp over the new ½d for the return journey.
(Left at 37½dpi and right at 150dpi)
National Telephone Co. Receipt of 26th. November 1909 - courtesy of Steve Lawrie.
National Telephone Co. Acknowledgment Card of 7th. April 1911 showing 'Measured Rates' of available services.
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