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Re: Periodicals and book post in the British Empire

Hi David,

For information on the cost of sending books abroad I would begin with the British Postal Guides for the years you are interested in. Some of them also have estimated duration of arrival, but as far as I know these are for letters and parcels. I have managed to find some available copies online, and would be glad to forward the relevant ones on to you, if you like. Just drop me a line : tamar.rozett@gmail.com

Good luck with the rest!
Tamar

Periodicals and book post in the British Empire

Following Tamar's question and your helpful answers, I have a question which has come up in my research on the history of a legal journal printed in London from 1894 to 1951, and distributed around the world (and particularly in the British Empire):

How did book post from Britain to the Empire and beyond work? More specifically:

1) Was book post as fast as regular letter post? Postal histories talk about the time it took for letters to get from Britain to India, for instance. Would copies of a journal have travelled have quickly?

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Re: Periodicals and book post in the British Empire

Hi David,

For information on the cost of sending books abroad I would begin with the British Postal Guides for the years you are interested in. Some of them also have estimated duration of arrival, but as far as I know these are for letters and parcels. I have managed to find some available copies online, and would be glad to forward the relevant ones on to you, if you like. Just drop me a line : tamar.rozett@gmail.com

Good luck with the rest!
Tamar

Periodicals and book post in the British Empire

Following Tamar's question and your helpful answers, I have a question which has come up in my research on the history of a legal journal printed in London from 1894 to 1951, and distributed around the world (and particularly in the British Empire):

How did book post from Britain to the Empire and beyond work? More specifically:

1) Was book post as fast as regular letter post? Postal histories talk about the time it took for letters to get from Britain to India, for instance. Would copies of a journal have travelled have quickly?

Re: Registered Letters in British Empire

Hi Tamar,

A good starting point would be to find the published version of the Sir Daniel Cooper Lecture, given at the Royal Philatelic Society London on March 24, 2011, titled "Great Britain: Secured Delivery Leading to the Introduction of Registered Mail, 1450-1862." Inland (domestic) registration started in 1841. Registered mail to the continent appears to have started earlier, and to different parts of the world (and the Empire) at different (later) times.

Registered Letters in British Empire

Hello all,

I was wondering if any of you know when the option to register a letter was first introduced beyond the United Kingdom. I am particularily interested in the option to register letters to British Empire locations in the 19th century. Thoughts on the subject, as well as references to relevant publications, would be welcome!

Thank you,

Tamar Rozett, PhD candidate

Blog Posts

Zeppelin Hindenburg’s Salvaged Postmark Device

Object blog

by Cheryl R. Ganz, PhD, Smithsonian Curator Emerita

After the inspectors and officials examined the wreckage, surviving crewmembers searched the smoldering girders for personal effects. Rudolf Sauter, chief mechanic of the LZ-129 Hindenburg, had escaped from his landing station in the lower fin when the zeppelin burst into flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on the stormy evening of May 6, 1937.

Introduction to the series "Object Blog"

Object blog

H-Postal History welcomes studies of individual objects. Object blogs should be between 300-500 words and include at least one original image (nothing taken from the web, please) in RGB.

Please provide a caption and credit line for each image.

Please discuss

1) the object itself;

2) how/why and where you first came across it; and

3) what types of questions it raises and answers as a primary source.