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SKELETON POSTMARKS of SURREY

 

A Skeleton postmark is a circular datestamp made up from loose metal type, like a John Bull printing set. Skeletons are brought into use, usually for a short period, then returned to 'the PO stores' for reuse. The reasons for their issue is usually one of the following:

A)   Summer peak periods at holiday resorts.

B)   Theft of a datestamp.

C)   Temporary post office.

D)   New post office.

E)   Pre-Christmas pressure period.

D)   Normal datestamp is being replaced due to:  break-age - loss - wear

 

New to listing

Town(s) / County Earliest         Latest   Type     Code mm aprox       Notes

 

CARSHALTON SO / SURREY 25 FE 1905       11                  32.5                                                            
EPSOM / MC  PM 23 JU 1897    30  JU  1897     9                 30                     coded time at foot                                 

 

WITLEY / SURREY 23 AP 1915      7 OC 1915   11   36  
CARSHALTON 26 AP 1915   17 JU 1915   11   31.5  
EPSOM 27 OC 1904   25 NO 1904     7   X 23.5 small dia
WALLINGTON / SURREY 10 FE  1914   21 AP 1914   11   33.5  last N missing  16 March to 9 April
WALLINGTON / SURREY 26 OC  1918   27 NO 1918     9   36  
WALLINGTON / SURREY 23 FE 1929   25 MR 1929   16   28  
SHERE / GUILDFORD 31 OC 1913           11   31  
LINGFIELD / SURREY 19 MY 1909     9 JU 1909   11   31  
ASHTEAD / E P S O M 31 MY 1921           15   C 29 E P S O M spaced
HEADLEY / E P S O M                      3  SP     1905                                   10       X              31              E P S O M spaced                                                                     

  

There are 17 'Types' of Skeleton postmark (including Traveller and Rubber) as set out by the British Postmark Society

 

 

Skeleton 'Types' by courtesy of the  British Postmark Society 

 

 

Travellers are known from: Bagshot 1843 - Dorking 1845? & 1852 - Farnham 1839 to1846 - Guildford 1842

 

        

          1843 Farnham Traveller

 

         

           New Malden 1909 Type Type 10 Large with code & date (in two lines)

       

          

            Wallington / Surrey Skeleton 1921. 

            Type 11 Large with time & date (in two lines)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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