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Municipal bundle of covers, Stamped-To-Order Envelopes, & postcards for mostly smaller municipalities including Town of Brighton, Shire of Boroondara, Shire of Barrabool (1871), Shire of Tambo, Shire of Darebin, Heidelberg & Eltham Railway Construction Trust, Shire of Mount Franklin & Omeo Waterworks Trust etc, also Borough of Heathcote (1863) & Borough of St Arnaud lettersheets, Town of Northcote postcard with statistics including height above sea level!, postcards with advices headed 'Municipal Association of Victoria' & 'MUNICIPAL RATING REFORM', 1863 outer to Carngham & Beaufort Road Board with very fine 'CARNGHAM' crowned-oval b/s (LRD), 1865 Borough of Creswick lettersheet with poor strike of the rare 'CRESWICK/VICTORIA - VICTORIA' duplex, 1871 Shire of Ballarat lettersheet, 1910 real photo PPC "Wimmera Shire Hall & Offices", & a few MMBW items, mostly pre-1913 but with a few KGV items including 1d violet Envelope for Shire of Minhamite, condition rather mixed.
1889 1d Postal Card with superb Ballarat duplex, to Melbourne with oval 'LIST ROOM/NO 1' d/s overstruck with large-part strike of the rubber 'NOT KNOWN BY/LETTER CARRIERS/MELBOURNE' handstamp (the only recorded example), redirected to Sydney, minor faults.
1891 mini-display "1891: Victoria's UPU Year" with very early usage JA13/91 to GB at 2½d rate, Feb 3 to GB at 2½d rate + 6d late fee, Feb 10 usage of 2d "long sea route" Postal Card, Feb 10 to Germany paid 3d & taxed, Feb 16 very early use of reverted 6d rate to USA, July 21 at reverted 6d rate to Germany, Sep 7 to Italy at 2½d but taxed with Italian Postage Dues added, Sep 14 usage of 3d red/green Postal Card uprated to reverted 6d rate to Germany (& a rare commercial usage to GB in 1890 at the 3d "Via Italy" rate), & a few others, generally fine to very fine.
It is a little known fact that the Australian Colonies introduced a universal 2½d letter rate on 1.1.1891 & asked other administrations to reciprocate. Britain objected to this pre-emptive action & by late-January Victoria (plus South Australia & Tasmania) had rescinded the new rate, except for mail to Britain. It's a complex story & postal articles that demonstrate the various actions are quite scarce. The 2½d letter rate to all countries was re-introduced on 1.10.1891, the day the Australian Colonies joined the Universal Postal Union.
1895 OHMS cover with printed 'MINISTER OF LANDS AND SURVEY' Frank & endorsed "L Colony" at lower-left, to Melbourne with very fine 'LEONGATHA/MY8/95/VICTORIA - 1592' duplex. The "Labour Colonies" of the 1890s were a little-known social experiment during the major economic depression of the 1890s. Most were run along charitable lines but the largest & most successful of them, at Leongatha, was "intended to fit men for a social order in which they hadn't had enough spunk to succeed and to which they were, in consequence, a menace" (from a book on the subject by REW Kennedy). This is the only Labour Colony item we have seen.
1897 OHMS cover with PMG's frank & rare albeit per favor usage of the 1/6d orange tied by 'REGISTERED/ MELBOURNE VIC' cds, to the USA with San Francisco transit & New York arrival b/s, minor overall soiling.
DEAD LETTER OFFICE: Returned Letter Envelopes Codes 'A' 'B' 'W' (with light 'DLB___/REGISTERED' h/s) & 'X', 1865 'Returned Free Letter' with 'Free' Barred-Out, three covers each with semi-circle 'RECEIVED OPEN/DLB/ VICTORIA' h/s in rosine, 1875 & 1883 covers each resealed with 'DEAD LETTER BRANCH/[crown]/ GPO/VICTORIA' seal impressed in red wax, 1869 with double-oval 'OPENED/ DLB /TO ASCERTAIN ADDRESS' b/s (not previously seen by us), 1872 piece from GB wrapper with superb boxed 'DLO/NO CONTENTS/MELBOURNE' h/s in green, and 1888 Postal Card for St Kilda Cricket Club with "shield" 'NO ADDRESS/DLB' h/s (the only example known to us), etc, condition rather mixed still a very desirable lot with a high degree of rarity.
DEAD LETTER OFFICE: Range of Returned Letter Envelopes inscribed 'Returned Free Letter' Code 'W' (1866; 'Free' barred-out), 'RETURNED PAID LETTER' (1853), 'Returned Paid Letter' Code 'X' (1865, 'Paid' barred-out), 'RETURNED LETTER' Code 'A' (1898), Code 'B' (1894 & 1909, different printings), Code 'C' (1893), Code 'E' (1895), Code 'U' (1879), Code 'W' (1876 & 1878, different printings) & Code 'X' (1879), 'RETURNED LETTER/REGISTERED' Code 'T' (1887), 'RETURNED MORE TO PAY LETTER' Code 'E' (1891, with Postage Due 2d & 4d) and Code 'G' (1898), and 'FOREIGN ENCLOSURE' Code 'R' (1887; not previously seen by us), condition variable. A very scarce, underrated and desirable group.
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DEAD LETTER OFFICE: Returned Letter Envelopes Code 'W' (265x113mm, 1872 & 1883 printings with different settings) with light but clear strikes of the scarce boxed 'DLO___PB___/REGISTERED' h/s in green (not previously seen by us & the only other example known to us is in Lot 281065 ) or purple (with 'PB' excised). A rare pair.
OFFICIAL MAIL: An excellent selection of envelopes including with imprints of Attorney-General (1857), Treasury (1859) & Public Lands, 1889 for Royal Mint, 1890 for Board of Health headed 'FREE BY ACT No 1011 SEC 9' & another unused (rare thus), 1901 mourning envelope for GPO registered to France, 1908 for Money Order Office with 'MO OFFICE/MELBOURNE VIC' cds in blue, etc; lettersheets including 1867 for GPO to be 'turned", 1872 for Accounts Branch, 1893 'MEMORANDUM FROM PARCEL POST BRANCH', 1894 'Notice of Withdrawal' (from Post Office Savings Bank), 1902 for Registrar-General, etc; postcards including 1889 for Registrar-General headed 'Free by Act of Legislature', 1910 Mines Department 'Particulars in Tendering for Slack Coal' with the reply-half still attached (not previously seen by us), etc; & various wrappers for Government Printer & Telephone Exchange; a few franked items & a few Government Gazette wrappers with John Ferres' "frank", etc, some duplication, postmark interest especially Melbourne duplexes, condition variable but many are fine to very fine. A very interesting lot that could be the subject for a single-frame or multi-frame exhibit.
(Qty 150 approx)
REGISTRATION: Very fine 'DLB___PB___/REGISTERED' h/s in green on 1873 'RETURNED LETTER' Envelope Code 'W', and the same marking with 'PB' Removed in violet on 1886 'RETURNED LETTER/REGISTERED' Envelopes Codes 'T' & 'W'.
Handstamped proof impressions 1) 'ATTORNEY GENERAL' and 'CHIEF SECRETARY' both in blue on c.1864 single small piece, Rated RRR+; and 'GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA' Die 7 (30½mm single circle with 1½mm arcs at the sides) three superb proof impressions in black on c.1891 piece of very thin paper. The second is illustrated at page 80. [The only such proof items recorded for any franks of Victoria]
(Qty 2 items)
Bundle of all-different envelopes (mostly) etc for many "departments" all with various settings of the "penalty" admonition at upper-left, many with 'His' in the header & a good range of users' imprints, several registered including two registration envelopes with different admonitions & addresses for the Income Tax Office, condition rather mixed but a good basis for a serious study.
Late usages of all-different group of postcards for various departments x7 & envelopes for Ministers of Health and Lands & Survey (two, one an enormous defective front only, festooned with 1d stamps) & Solicitor-General, all with 1d punctured 'OS' affixed as required to partly obscure the franks, generally fine to very fine. The franking system was terminated on 31.10.1902. After that date, franked items could be used only if full postage was paid & the frank was defaced (usually achieved by affixing the stamps over the impression.
Selection of all-different envelopes x19, postcards x10 & wrappers x2 from various 'departments", a few with handstamped franks, a few with the frank defaced, generally fine to very fine unused. A very scarce & desirable group.
Selection of frank cut-outs used on other mailings comprising 1) 'ATTORNEY GENERAL' h/s in blue tied by 'REGISTERED'-in-oval h/s to 1876 part-entire; 2) 'CHIEF SECRETARY' h/s in red, on large piece from a parcel wrapping, to Western Australia, stained; 3) & 4) ditto, printed, on 1891 & 1894 envelopes; 5) 'SOLICITOR GENERAL' h/s in blue, with BN '62' & 'MEREDITH' cds (mss date) plus 'UP TRAIN/MG 1' cds b/s; 6) 'DEPARTMENT OF TRADE & CUSTOMS' printed, on 1897 envelope with 'CUSTOM HOUSE' imprint; and 8) 'THE TREASURER' h/s in blue, on 1880 envelope with 'ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT/(Government Printing Office' imprint, fault at right. An unusual lot. [See also Lot 280958 ]
A basic collection of all-different envelopes (mostly), postcards, wrappers etc for many departments, fairly basic but some better items including a few unused & some scarce imprints, noted a very early September 1864 usage, a few registered items, rather mixed condition but many are fine to very fine. A good starter lot, at a "come and get it" estimate.
All-different selection from 8 departments all CTO with Melbourne cds of OC15/02, some toning & other faults. The same date suggests that at least one "set" was prepared for official records prior to termination of the franking system only 16 days later. The only such CTO items we have seen.
An all-different collection of cutouts '...AGRICULTURE' to '...WATER SUPPLY' with a high level of completeness including 'CHIEF SECRETARY' Die 10, 'COLONEL COMMANDANT OF VOLUNTEERS', 'COMMANDANT LOCAL FORCES' in black & blue, 'COMMANDER OF HM SEA FORCES' in red, 'GOVERNOR-GENERAL', 'THE PRESIDENT/...' in black, 'COMMR OF PUBLIC WORKS' Dies 1 & 3, 'COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS', 'COMMISSIONER OF RAILWAYS', 'MINISTER OF RAILWAYS' Die 2, 'COMMISSIONER OF RAILWAYS & ROADS' Die 1 in red & Die 2 in blue, 'ROYAL MINT' in blue black (faint) & rosine, 'SOLICITOR GENERAL' in black, 'COMMR OF TRADE & CUSTOMS' Die 1 in rosine & violet and Die 2 in blue, etc, many of the handstamps are unusually fine & some are superb! An excellent reference collection.
Unusual usages to overseas destinations comprising 1) 'CHIEF SECRETARY' envelope front endorsed "Book only" & used as an address label to Germany in 1891 with 3d & 1/- (& another stamp fallen-off); 2) ditto, wrapper to German Samoa in 1891 but neither uprated nor fined; 3) 'POSTMASTER-GENERAL' envelopes x4 a) to USA in 1897 with 2½d red/yellow, b) registered to USA in 1898 with ½d pink x3 & 1d orange-brown x4, c) "penalty" type - front only - registered to USA in 1901 with 5d pair, and d) to Scotland in 1896 with 2½d red/yellow redirected & registered with GB 3d & large registration label added; 4) 'DEPARTMENT OF TRADE & CUSTOMS' envelope to Singapore in 1900 with 2½d blue; and 5) '...AGRICULTURE' envelope - truncated at left - to Washington DC in 1903 with 2½d blue; condition variable. A very scarce group.
Proof-like impressions of all 17 printed franks still in use in 1902 on a single page (175x210mm) folded to permit each successive marking to be printed thereon. [The franking system was terminated on 31.10.1902. Remainders of franked stationery were to be either withdrawn or, if used, to have the appropriate postage affixed across the frank]