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Telegraph stamps of the World

I started with just British Private Telegraph stamps, but I have decided to
attempt to update more of Hiscocks' book.

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  These are still Hiscock's original 1982 prices in GB£  
I plan to update them some time in the near future.


Telegraph Stamps of Scandinavia.


Telephone Stamp.
Randers Bypost og Pakke Expedition

1888 Provisional. Local postage stamps of September 1887 overprinted in black.
Lithographed on white wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12.

Den-H1 Den-H2
Type 1 as Hiscocks book page 89

Hisc. Type was Description Mint Used
H1 1 - 4 Strømmen(minutes) on 8 Øre yellow 2.00 2.00
H2 1 H1 'Telefon Mrk on 10 Øre violet 2.00 2.00
H2a 1 H1a         imperf. 5.00 5.00
H2b 1 H1b         in pair with missing overprint - 25.00



Copenhagen had a network of telephone kiosks which was fairly diversified in operation.
They sold tickets for the theatre, provided a phone service and also used the phone as a medium to send telegrams.
The telegrams had seals, some of which were overprinted for use as stamps.

The stamps issued by them were likely to have been used to pay for various services.

Here are some examples:

5 blue 20 on 25 yellow

Hisc. Description Mint Used
K1 5 Øre blue - -
K2 10 Øre red - -
K3 25 Øre yellow-orange - -
K4 1910? 20 on 10 Øre red - -
K5 1910? 20 on 25 Øre yellow-orange - -



25 blue 35 on 25 dark blue

Hisc. Description Mint Used
K6 25 Øre light blue - -
K7 25 Øre dark blue - -
K8 1944? 35 on 25 Øre dark blue - -
K9 1945? 35 Øre blue - -
K10 1950? 50 Øre red - -

* John Barefoot illustrates and provides information on a lot more of these. in addition to a Norwegian item.
I would welcome more images to help catch up.



Hiscocks book only covers stamps that were intended only for telegraphic or telephone usage.
I have not confined myself so narrowly for the British stamps. I do not intend to for other stamps either, but my information is limited.

Post and Telegraph
Hiscocks says that these were 'mainly intended for postage', though available for telegraphic use.
I have seen the 10 Øre in orange on a pale blue-green background also.

Post and Telephone ?
I have seen these with numbers 1(yellow), 2(green), 3(blue), 5(violet) and 10(red).
I will add others as I get examples.

more (different) examples
The numbers on these are different to those above.

used examples
Here are a couple of used examples. The one on the left was cancelled with an obliterator having a cloth over it indicating high usage.
The design is different from the ones above, lacking an inner ellipse around the center.

Telephone ?
Apparently a lot of these were called telephone stamps to get around the government monopoly on postal services.
They could be used to pay for both, but were generally used for local mail delivery.




Telegraph Seals.

A range of different seals were used on telegrams in Denmark.

This half sized image shows a sample of them.
Denmark Seals

Steve Hiscocks made a start on cataloguing seals of the world in a book he published in 2007.
It was his hope to update it later, but unfortunately that was not to be.
His original book can be viewed at Telegraph Seals: A World Catalogue. There are links from the pages to my updates.

Alternatively you can view the latest page for Denmark.


Sweden and Norway.

So far I have only seen seals, though John Barefoot lists a curious item for Norway.

Sweden courtesy of Victor Gugliano (victorgg) on ebay.

Norway Statstelegraf seal
Norway Statstelegraf seal.

Norway Rigstelegraf seal   Norway-seal
Norway Rigstelegraf seal and the last is listed by Hiscocks as from Sweden, courtesy of Robert Poposki.


Updates for Seals of Sweden. Updates for Seals of Norway. Updates for Seals of Iceland. Updates for Seals of Finland.


If anyone can provide scans to help with this, I am happy to give appropriate credit.


Comments, criticisms, information or suggestions are always welcome.

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27th. June 2018

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