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Fred Sellars17/12/2021 12:44:15
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This is an article that I discovered on the web relating to the advent of the telegraph system and telegrams found in Linn's stamp news on the 13th of October 2003 written by Rick Miller under "insights" that will give you a better understanding of how things developed from their conception. >

insights/stamp-collecting-basics/2003/october/the-road-less-traveled--telegraph-stamps.html >**LINK**


Fred Sellars18/12/2021 10:58:21
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Here is an Elizabethan equivalent of a telegram sent from London (Swiss Cottage) to the Gambia back in 1963, the amount charged is considerably less than the Victorian version being a modest 9/2d as against the £3 previously displayed.
Here are two attachments appertaining to the front and reverse of the telegram in question. >



What is ironic is that the quantity of stamps attached front and rear totals 79 X ½d's which amounts to 3/3½d, this being a lot less than the total amount charged of 9/2d for sending the telegram.
Therefore insufficient stamps have been attached to the telegram (had they run out of ½d stamps or what ?).
Why this denomination of ½d was used in the first place is a bit of a mystery !
A most unusual item.

For anyone interested in the development of the TELEGRAM here is a much greater "in-depth" version, relating to Victorian telegrams: the early development of the telegraphic despatch and its interplay with the letter post | Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science. >**LINK**

Something of interest to read over the Christmas period, Fred.

Fred Sellars24/12/2021 07:27:42
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To add to the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science link, on searching the web I have now found a very comprehensive coverage of these Cinderella type issues of bygone years introduced by Steve Hiscocks followed by numerous images, graphs and price lists regarding these issues compiled by Ian Pinwill and Paul Ramsay.

I'm sure that anyone interested in telegraph stamps will find much to be appreciated with regards to the information that is given on this site. >

Telegraphs/PO.php >**LINK**

In the meantime have a nice Christmas everybody and stay virus-free. Fred

Carmen24/12/2021 10:57:00
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Thanks Fred! A very Merry Christmas to you and everyone else who hangs out here as well!


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