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Langmead & Huggins have a section 'Other Telegraphic Cancellations' on page 45.
It shows the P.P.12 cancel (usually in pairs) on 1s stamps (The first here is courtesy of Devlan Kruck). The 3d is unusually clear (courtesy of Michael Driver).
There are other examples of obsolete cancellers being re-used for telegraphic purposes however,
such as the Barred Oval 38 below :
This was used for postal purposes in Kensington from 1844 until early 1850's, but then apparently brought back into use for telegraphic purposes in the early 1870's.
The 1/- is courtesy of Ian Pinwill, the 6d is one of the few stamps I have ever bought from S.G. who apparently didn't recognise the cancel that they list
Another that they should illustrate is the No.1B shown on the 1s below :
The middle example is courtesy of David Missen of ytft on ebay, the one on the right is a clearer example courtesy of Longmead Philatelics, all are plate 6.
Then there is the 'Seven 8-Segmented Concentric Rings' of the British & Irish Telegraph Company Limited.
Block of six 1d plate 151 courtesy of Michael Driver.
|1s plate 6, unknown Origin.||2s, courtesy of Dave Lewis.||5s, courtesy of Paul Ramsay.|
|With dates approximate, I have seen these on:
1d plate 151 (printed 14/11/71 to 2/4/74)
3d plate 6 (printed 22/6/69 to 14/5/72)
3d plate 7 (printed 19/10/71 to 29/2/72)
3d plate 8 (printed 29/2/72 to 29/11/72) not seen on plate 9 (put to press 31/6/72)
6d plate 8 (printed 8/3/69 to 3/5/70)
6d plate 9 (printed 3/5/70 to 6/3/72)
6d plate 11 buff (printed Oct. 1872 to 29/11/72) not seen on plate 12 (put to press 30/10/72)
9d plate 4 (spray, printed 3/10/67 to 1877)
1s plate 4 (spray, printed 13/7/67 to 23/12/70)
1s plate 5 (printed 20/2/71 to 30/9/72
1s plate 6 (printed 20/3/72 to 15/10/72) not seen on plate 7 (put to press 11/11/72)
2s plate 1 (blue, printed 10/4/67 to June 1867) not seen on brown, 27/2/80.
5s plate 1 (printed 18/4/67 to 28/3/74) not seen on plate 2 (put to press 25/3/74)
The commonest would seem to be the 1/- followed by the 5/- and the 2/-. Other values are rather scarce.
Indications are that this cancel was used from the Post Office takeover until early 1872.
I would be interested if anyone has it on the 3d plate 9, 6d plate 12 or 1s plate 7.
Travelling Office / Special Staff' dated Oct/2/72 (presumably) on 1s plate 6, together with 1s Telegraph plate 5 (Source: Andrew Higson).
The last items shows the complete strike. It and another are on a complete form (click on it to see). Very unusual and courtesy of Grosvenor Auctions.
Ian Pinwill is of the opinion that the 'Travelling Office' relates to the mobile travelling telegraph office introduced March 1872.
This was a horse-drawn vehicle, transported around the country by train, to cover important sporting or other events that needed it. These cancels were then used by its' staff.
The cancel below has the same date as the left one above and, judging by the centering the stamp may well have been from the same sheet.
|Image courtesy, George Harrod of HIB Stamps.||This one, again on plate 6 does not show the date.|
The bottom images courtesy of Grosvenor Auctions. There are at least 3 types of 'Liverpool Rollers'.
The 1s stamps at the top are both plate 5, whereas the one at the bottom is plate 7, so that roller may be a later type.
In British Postmarks - a Short History and Guide, R. C. Alcock and F. C. Holland (1960), page 81 referring to Fig.304 (A & H No.1087) shows the 'Liverpool Roller' and considers it to be 'mainly telegraphic'.
Langmead & Huggins in the section 'Other Telegraphic Cancellations' page 45 list other cancellations as being telegraphic but not this.
I have seen these now on 3d, 6d, 9d, 1s, 2s and 5s values, but mostly 5s plate 1. This is a bit 'top-heavy' for normal telegraphic use,
Here is further evidence with this 5s example from Andrew Higson FRPSL.
This stamp has a clear T.M.B (Telegraph Message Branch) cancellation
together with a (not so clear) Liverpool 466 Roller Cancellation.
This indicates the stamp was used for telegraphic purposes.
The additional 2s of mine, though not too clear adds further evidence.
A nice neat 1872 CDS on a high value stamp is most likely telegraphic.
But what of the dumb cancel ? By association it is also likely to be telegraphic.
|Illustrations courtesy of Grosvenor Auctions.||Source Andrew Higson.|
This is a scarce marking that is not recorded on cover.
F. Hugh Vallancey (British Postmarks, 2nd Edn. 1950 Pg.32) says
"Probably intended for telegraphic purposes but apparently used also for Postal cancellation."
Bob Galland and Karl Louis conducted a survey of stamps bearing this marking. The results were reported in the GB Journal (2008) Vol.46, No.6 pages 139 to 141.
I will tabulate here some of the findings:
As always there are many ways to interpret statistices.
For example if we consider the multiples to represent a single 'stamp' we get :
One last point, if we consider that these may have been the products of telegraphic usage, then these should all have been destroyed along with the forms they were on.
'Liberating' them would have been a risky endeavour reserved for the rarer items. 'Common' single one shilling stamps may have been passed-over in favour of the more exotic, thus inverting the statistics.
How many collectors keep their junk mail for future generations? Future researchers may consider them scarce items!
This is an unusual item, the vendor described it as a Telegraphic cancel, but I don't know.
2s6d is unusual for Telegraphic although it looks like other stamps were involved. Anyone recognise this?
Illustration courtesy of Grosvenor Auctions.
One final thought, was this simply cancelled with the first thing that came to hand.
|This block courtesy of Grosvenor Auctions is lettered AF to BJ.||Stamp CJ was next to it.
Courtesy of Ian Pinwill.
Clearly not a one-off accident.
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