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Displaying 7 Lots in Category - proofs
1917 "Wings" die proof in blue-green of essay with 'MELBOURNE' at the base & blank value tablet on thin wove paper with huge margins & full unmounted o.g. [Elsmore Online states that two sets of 12 different colours have been recorded]
1917-41 "Wings" mostly rouletted selection to 5/- x3 (one defective, the others with Underprint), with scarcer values including ½d blue/white, 8d bistre/white x2, 9d mauve/white x2, 10d pink/white, '10d' in Red on 10d green, & 1/- red/yellow x2, various shades & cancels & some with Security Underprint, only the ½d, one 6d & 5/- x2 are perforated , mostly from large stations but many small stations noted, a few faults but generally fine to very fine with a few mint stamps including 4d pair & 7d block of 4, also 16 values to 5/- with bogus 'Specimen' handstamp in violet, A good study lot. [Includes most of Ray Kelly's selection of 24 stamps: acquired on 1.12.2007 for $747]
LUGGAGE TICKET: c.1870s 'VICTORIAN RAILWAYS/LUGGAGE TICKET/A---/ONE PENNY' and adjoinng coupon imperforate proof in mauve on thin yellowish paper affixed to a slightly larger piece from an archival source. Superb! The only example known to us.
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]
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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 Remainders of franked stationery were to be either withdrawn or, if used, to have the appropriate postage affixed across the frank]
GENESIS OF THE FRANKS: 1864 Post Office memorandum (171x194mm) giving instructions for the preparation of a frank stamp for use on official mail, in accordance with the hand-drawn pen & ink sketch on the reverse inscribed 'FRANKED/[crown]/POSTMASTER GENERAL' with "Victoria" added in another hand, plus an appended note of the price of £3 to procure same from de Gruchy & Co of Melbourne, minor folds & a bit aged on the face. A highly important historical document. Ex Hans Karman. Illustrated at page 2.
GENESIS OF THE FRANKS: 1864 Post Office memorandum (230x185mm) dated "5.3.1864" & initalled "THF" (Postmaster-General TH Fellows) stating "The practice of using postage stamps on letters from this office appears to me to be unnecessary and not required by the Acts in force. It may be necessary to check the unauthorized transmission of letters and that may be done by an official stamp. For this purpose a stamp should be made which will save postage stamps and serve also as a pattern for a 'frank stamp' (if the new Bill passes) for other offices", with a light but very fine strike of the 'FRANKED/[crown]/VICTORIA/POSTMASTER GENERAL' handstamp (40x28mm) as foreshadowed in the previous lot in blue at the top of the document, horizontal folds & minor aging not affecting the handstamp. Another highly important historical document, with the only recorded strike of the handstamp. Ex Hans Karman. Illustrated at page 1. [Max Watson acquired this and the previous lot at the Oharles Leski Auction of 24.3.2004 for $6325]
One of the innovations in the new Postal Act that came into force on 3.6.1864 was the providing of frank stamps to Ministers of the Crown and military commanders in the Colony. These were to have effect from 3.8.1864.