Smith Elder & Co Precancel

Precancels of Great Britain

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Smith Elder & Co Precancel Henry S. King & Co Precancel William Dawson & Sons 1st Precancel W. H. Smith & Son 1st Precancel Public-Precancel Frank-Precancel Times-Precancel Railway-Precancel Army-Precancel
Smith Elder & Co H. S. King & Co W.Dawson & Sons W. H. Smith & Son 'Public Precancels' Precancel Franking Newspapers Railway Precancels Army Telegraphs
Private Telegraphs Booklets T.O.6 obliteration ENT.O.1 Cancel Calendar Embossed Perfin Sloper Contributions
Private Telegraphs Booklets T.O.1 to T.O.6 Anomalies Time frame Embossed Perfins Sloper punch Contributions


Private Telegraph Companies

LDTC Later 3d 1481.   LDTC Later 6d 3850.

The Private Telegraph Companies could be very busy at times.
The successful London District Telegraph Company (LDTC) was probably busier than most.

Unlike postage stamps and the GPO Telegraphs, the inner workings of the Private Telegraph Companies are generally undocumented and the only
evidence of the use of precancels would be cancelled examples still having their gum. The LDTC stands out a mile in this respect.
Presumably on their last close of business their remaining stocks were liberated onto the market, many already pre-cancelled.
What we have now is a lot of LDTC stamps that are cancelled, but still with gum.


LDTC Later 6d rejoined strip 4501-4504.

This is a reconstructed strip, held together at the back. They still have full gum despite being cancelled.


Comments, criticisms, information or suggestions are always welcome.


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Last updated 12th Nov. 2017

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