Dating old postcards uk

06-Sep-2019 16:38

(The first French postage stamp was issued on 1 January 1849.) This section is a train-spotter’s delight of lists of dates and accompanying postage rates.

It is best used as a reference section, rather than reading from beginning to end (unless, of course, you are a train-spotter type! Great Britain 1870 - 1918: ½d (one half-penny/one half-pence, hap’ny) apparently, postcard postage for overseas was 1d (one penny) 1918, 3 June: 1d 1921, 13 January: 1½d 1922, 24 May: 1d 1940, 1 May: 2d (letter 2½d) 1957, 1 October: 2½d (letter 3d) 1965, 17 May: 3d (letter 4d) 1968, 16 September: postage tariffs changed to first and second class.

First-class post should arrive the next day, second-class post taking longer. A postcard, at a weight of 3 grams, is well within the lowest postal rate, be it a half or a full ounce.

First: 5d; second: 4d After the conversion to decimal currency (100 p = £1, instead of 240 d = £1): 1971, 15 February - first: 3p, second: 2½p (6d) 1973, 10 September - first: 3½p, second: 3p 1974 24 June - first: 4½p, second: 3½p 1975, 17 March - first: 7p, second: 5½p 1975, 29 September - first: 8½p, second: 6½p 1977, 13 June - first: 9p, second: 7p 1979, 20 August - first: 10p, second: 8p 1980, 24 February - first: 12p, second: 10p 1981, 26 January - first: 14p, second: 11½p 1982, 1 February - first: 15½p, second: 12½p 1983, 5 April - first: 16p, second: 12½p 1984, 3 September - first: 17p, second: 13p 1985, 4 November - first: 17p, second: 12p 1986, 20 October - first: 19p, second: 14p 1989, 2 October - first: 20p, second: 15p 1990, 17 November- first: 22p, second: 17p 1991, 16 September- first: 24p, second: 18p 1993, 11 November- first: 25p, second: 19p 1996, 8 July - first: 26p, second: 20p 1999, 27 April - first: 26p, second: 19p 2000, 27 April - first: 27p, second: 19p 2003, 8 May - first: 28p, second: 20p 2004, 1 April- first: 28p, second: 21p 2005, 17 April- first: 30p, second: 21p Note: since 28 August 1989, when non-specific price-point stamps were first issued, senders more and more frequently use stamps denoted with 1 U. Thus, the postcard is given its own lower postal rate.

Further, from time to time, reproductions of old pictures or photographs are repeated some decades later.

Another possibility for finding an old postcard with a relatively modern postmark date is someone had taken the whim to stamp and post a vintage postcard.

As people caught on to the usefulness of this cheap and fast method of sending messages, the poor man’s telegram - remember the telephone did not yet exist - national postal services authorised the sending of postcards through their postal systems.

It must be remembered that many years, even decades may pass between the taking of a photograph, when it was published on a postcard, and when the postcard was posted.

Multiples of lower value stamps were often used, as were stamps higher than the required amount.

This is be followed by more detailed listings for some countries - Great Britain, the United States of America and France.

1869, 1 October: the first postcard, a pre-printed correspondence card, was sent through the public postal service in Austria.

We hope you find this guide useful but it should be used with caution, stamps in circulation could (and can!

) still be used after being superceded by later issues and equally 'old' postcards could be sent using more recent stamps.

Multiples of lower value stamps were often used, as were stamps higher than the required amount.

This is be followed by more detailed listings for some countries - Great Britain, the United States of America and France.

1869, 1 October: the first postcard, a pre-printed correspondence card, was sent through the public postal service in Austria.

We hope you find this guide useful but it should be used with caution, stamps in circulation could (and can!

) still be used after being superceded by later issues and equally 'old' postcards could be sent using more recent stamps.

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