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King Edward VII 1st issue die proofs for the head
To replace Queen Victoria's head, otherwise there were no changes to the design for King Edward VII on the first issue.
Die proof for the Colonies & Dominions
Die proof for the UK
[ex Howard Lunn, Tony Brown, Michael Brill]
1st day of issue of a 6d 2nd issue, 1 July 1903. First ever 6d UK Postal Order, first UK Postal Order to have a counterfoil, and first time the regulations were printed on the reverse.
"Specimen" overprint. ex Jack Harwood
"British" added to the main heading. First to have a stamp box.
First type stamp box: no heading "Postage Stamps".
"Specimen" overprint, first red Postal Order.
Ex Jack Harwood
Contract note modelled on a contemporary Edward VII Postal Order
The Chief Chemist, "Tatcho" Laboratories, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.
The sole object of this special concession is to enable the public to prove the revelation that "Tatcho" works in cases of baldness.
Edwardian replica advertising Postal Order used by "Tatcho" laboratories in 1903.
This postal order was not cashed within the three month limit from the last day of the month of issue. In 1964 (sic) a Mrs Knight sent the Postal Order to the Head Post Office in Farnham, Surrey, where a "payment authorised" cancellation was applied to the reverse of the postal order (see below). Fortunately this postal order survived, issued with the scarce first type stamp box.
Second type stamp box: with heading "Postage Stamps".
Issued at the 4th Philatelic Congress, Margate, 1912, with special date stamp.
Last update: 23 November 2010
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