Saturday, 28 January 2017

Paid At Brisbane Handstamp

Paid At Brisbane Handstamp
A two-line mark reading 'PAID AT' over 'BRISBANE' in serifed letters within a rectangular frame with rounded corners
  • NSW era Covers in red is rated 2R
  • Chalon in black is rated Scarce
There appear to be three varieties:
  • corners cut off with straight lines and known used in red in April 1847 (according to Campbell, not seen by me)
  • two types of rounded corners (one rounder and one more square) used from 1848 onwards and known used in red on NSW covers and in black on early Chalon issues (to the early or mid-1860s?), by which time it was well worn. As only one type should have been issued it is not known why these variations exist
No examples have yet been seen by me on NSW stamps but they could exist

The Paid At Brisbane handstamp should have become virtually obsolete after the compulsory prepayment of postage by postage stamps on 1 May 1852. However examples after this date (until around 1857) are known at other NSW post offices where they remained in limited use for prepayment in cash. It is not known why the Paid At Brisbane handstamp was being used on Chalons in the early 1860s, but the numbers found suggest that there was a specific purpose. What thi was may be revealed once an example on cover is seen

Illustration from Campbell, p. 12

Paid at Brisbane in red on NSW era Cover rated 2R. Dated 1849. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane in red on NSW era Cover rated 2R. Dated 20 February 1849. Seen in Prestige Philately auction no 152 lot no 260. Ex Beston


Paid at Brisbane in red on NSW era Cover rated 2R. Dated November 1848. From the Postal History of the Brisbane GPO exhibition by Marius Wytenburg


Paid at Brisbane in red on NSW era Cover rated 2R. Dated 12 November 1848. Seen in Cavendish Auction no 792 lot no 53. Ex Robson Lowe

Paid at Brisbane in red on NSW era Cover rated 2R. Dated 23 November 1846. Seen in Spink auction no 12043 lot no 1003. Ex Griffith

Paid at Brisbane in red on NSW era Cover rated 2R. Dated 28 March 1848. Seen in Spink auction no 12043 lot no 1004. Ex Griffith 


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen on Stampboards


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Dave Elsmore through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Carl Burnett through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Dave Elsmore through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group


Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Seen in a private collection through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group

Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce. Dave Elsmore through the Queensland Stamp Collecting Facebook Group

Paid at Brisbane on a Chalon rated Scarce

Friday, 30 December 2016

11.2 GPO Duplex Canceller Page

Brisbane GPO Duplex Canceller Page

Brisbane GPO Obliterator Page

Type 11 An oval of a number unbroken rays with GPO with no stops in the centre and letters 5 mm high. The datestamp is (24 - 25 mm in diameter) and has at each side between the names a square with 4 small dots. 

  • Type 11.2 An oval of 45 unbroken rays with GPO with no stops in the centre and letters 5 mm high. Day is before the month and is rated 3R. Recorded usage 1905



Type 11.2 GPO Duplex rated 3R. Dated 25 April 1908. Seen on Ebay



Type 11.2 GPO Duplex rated 3R. Dated 19 May 1908. Seen in Marius Wytenburg Postal History of the Brisbane GPO Exhibition

Saturday, 17 December 2016

9.3 GPO Canceller Page

Brisbane GPO Obliterator Page


GPO Obliterator
Type 9 An oval of a number unbroken rays with GPO with no stops in the centre
  • Type 9.3 (Campbell 9(c)). An oval of 29 unbroken rays with GPO without stops in the centre and letters 5.5 mm high and is rated R. Recorded usage 1895 - 190-?


Type 9.3 GPO (29 rays) rated rare. Some of my examples


Type 9.3 GPO (29 rays) rated rare


Type 9.3 GPO (29 rays) rated rare



Type 9.3 GPO (29 rays) rated rare

9.1 GPO Canceller Page

Brisbane GPO Obliterator Page


GPO Obliterator
Type 9 An oval of a number unbroken rays with GPO with no stops in the centre
  • Type 9.1 (Campbell 9(a)). An oval of 24 unbroken rays with GPO without stops in the centre and letters 6 mm high and is rated Common. Recorded usage 1890 -190-?





Type 9.1 GPO (24 rays) rated common. Some of my examples and either showing some deterioration or else the canceller was recut or replaced as examples on later issues are thicker and more defined



Type 9.1 GPO (24 rays) rated common


Sunday, 11 December 2016

9.2 GPO Canceller Page

Brisbane GPO Obliterator Page


GPO Obliterator
Type 9 An oval of a number unbroken rays with GPO with no stops in the centre
  • Type 9.2 (Campbell 9(b)). An oval of 30 unbroken rays with GPO without stops in the centre and letters 5 mm high and is rated common. Recorded usage 1895 - 190-


Type 9.2 GPO (30 rays) rated common. Some of my examples

Type 9.2 GPO (30 rays) rated common. Dated 29 June 1896. Seen in a private collection



Type 9.2 GPO (30 rays) rated common. Dated 2 January 1902

Type 9.2 GPO (30 rays) rated common. Dated 12 July 1898. Seen at Premier Postal sales


Type 9.2 GPO (30 rays) rated common. Seen in the Queensland Facebook Group



Type 9.2 GPO (30 rays) rated common. Not sure about the timeline here, as this stamp was issued from October 1878 - January 1880 



Type 9.2 GPO (30 rays) rated common. Seen on Ebay. Again the date range is out of sync. Could these two fiscal examples be well executed forgeries?