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Telegraph stamps of the World

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a good reference:
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Queensland South Australia Tasmania Victoria Commonwealth

 

Other Australia

For punch-cancelled telegraph stamps, Telegraph stationery and much more see OzRevenues.com. However here is a small selection.

 

Queensland

Only this example is currently known from a black and white image. Date unknown, colour unknown.

Queensland-phone
H1   courtesy of ozrevenues.com

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 3d Colour ? - -

 

Here is a range of postage stamps used for telegraphic purposes. Ex Andrew Higson, courtesy of Spink & Son.

Telegraphic use of postage stamps. 

 

 

South Australia

Only two examples of these are currently known from black and white images.
Printed on card circa 1904, perf. 5½.

South Australia phone-ticket
H1   courtesy of ozrevenues.com

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 4d brown. Black overprint. - -
Telegraph Office cancel
on 1/- postage stamp.

1s Postage.

Ex Andrew Higson, courtesy of Spink & Son.

I was intrigued by these South Australian overprints:

Australia S.T.   Australia S.T.
According to Wiki these were used to identify stamps for use by the Superintendent of Telegraphs from 1 April 1868 until 1874,
when they were replaced by the letters "O.S." for general official use.

Les Bottomley says that they were for use in the field on telegraphic work.
He also says there were three values between 1858/61 (1d, 2d and 1/-) followed by 6d in 1865, then 4d and 2/- in 1867.
Some overprints are in red, and some have 'S.T' rather than 'S.T.'. The following two are courtesy of him:
Australia 6d S.T.

 

Stationery
The most recent book on the subject that I know of is :
Australian Telegram Forms & Envelopes - Barbara J. Hancock, published by the Cinderella Club, 1991. ISBN (Part 1): 0 9588647 4 8
This is in 2 parts, the first being "Colonial and Early State Period", the second being "Commonwealth of Australia".

South Australia Delivery Form
A South Australia Delivery Form of 8 April 1878, for a telegram from Port Victor to Port Adelaide  -  from RL.

 

 

Tasmania

These have Telegraph Office cancels and appears to be on various Telegraph Stationery.

Chief Telegraph Office, Hobart - 11/8/1952 Burnie Telegraph Office
Chief Telegraph Office, Hobart - 11/8/1952 Telegraph Office, Burnie, Tasmania - 10 December 1953

Many, but not all of these have a letter ' T ' perfin. Jeff Turnbull has investigated this and says :
'It was introduced in about 1902 as a Temporary measure to puncture State Government usage in Tasmania. (So denotes Tasmania)
It was done with the use of an old line perforator with some pins removed and it was applied twice to each row of stamps to
produce an unreliable T shape. This temporary measure remained in use until the 1950's. The process was then undertaken by the
Tasmanian Government Printer in Hobart. all together there are 8 different versions of the "T".'


Scottsdale, TAS-AUST - February 1952 Telegraph Office - 1/8/1952
Scottsdale, TAS-AUST - February 1952 Telegraph Office, Tasmania - 1 August 1952

Chief Telegraph Office, Hobart - 15/9/1952 Chief Telegraph Office, Hobart - 17/9/1952
Chief Telegraph Office, Hobart - 15/9/1952 Chief Telegraph Office, Hobart - 17/9/1952

Devonport TAS 6/1/1954
Devonport, TAS 6 January 1954

 

 

Still on Tasmania, here is front and back of a transmission form dated the last day of 1874.
Form-1 front   Form-1 front
Rates for 10 words are 1/- within Tasmania, 6/- for Victoria, 7/- for South Australia or N.S.W and 8/- for Queensland.

This is an undated reception form with an imprint of December 1874.
Form-1 front
The back is blank.

This is an undated envelope for Urgent Telegraph Business.
Envelope front
Envelope back  Envelope logo
The back shows that it was for use in Tasmania.

 

 

 

Victoria

Circa 1902, only this example is currently known.
Printed on card in vertical strips Perf.11 between.

Victoria-Phone
H1   courtesy of ozrevenues.com

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 1d Blue and black - -

I would really like to hear from anyone with these or other examples of Australian Telephone stamps.

 

Here is a range of postage stamps used for telegraphic purposes. Ex Andrew Higson, courtesy of Spink & Son.

Telegraphic use of 9d.  Telegraphic use of 1s.  Telegraphic use of 2s.
Telegraphic use of 5s.  Telegraphic use of 5s Postage.
Telegraphic use of 20s.

 

Stationery

Victoria 1865 Telegraphic Message
A Telegraphic Message of 19 July 1865 from the Melbourne Electric Telegraph Office.
This was eBay lot 123660749469 in 2019. If this is yours, please get in touch.

 

Victoria Telegram Form   Victoria impressed 1/- stamp
A Victoria Telegraph Form printed December 1873, with a 1/- blue impressed stamp  -  from RL.

 

Victoria Delivery Form of 1893
A Victoria Telegram of 14 September 1893, from Tatura.  -  from RL.

 

 

Commonwealth of Australia

Here is a range of postage stamps used for telegraphic purposes. Ex Andrew Higson, courtesy of Spink & Son.

Kangaroos to 1/-.
Kangaroos 2/- strip of 3.
Punched Kangaroos 5/- to 40/-
KGV to 5d
KGV 1/4 and Kookaburra 6d

 

 

 

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