Australia - 1917-1988.
Slogan cancellations: Send a Telegram - Sydney.


The SEND A TELEGRAM slogan is recorded as being used in Sydney from 3 May 1933 to 24 April 1941.

All 21 identified dies used at Sydney with this slogan are boxed with numbers 1 to 3 or have another inscription. There are various formats incorporating different letter positions, types of box for posting and letter heights.

The listing below is generally chronological by wording at the base and then by code number and slogan die within that wording. The following Table provides a guide with hyperlinks:

Words at base Code number Earliest date Latest date % of Sydney Census
Posted City Box 1 3 May 1933 9 June 1937 24
Posted in City Box 1 24 April 1941   2
Posted Circular Box 2 4 May 1933 10 June 1937 6
Posted Pillar Box 2 9 May 1933   1
  3 28 August 1933 1 May 1934 10
Posted in Pillar Box

1

13 May 1933 5 May 1938 43
  2      
Posted Suburban Box 1 30 April 1934 3 May 1938 4
Posted Interstate Box 1 20 May 1935 31 May 1937 6
Posted in Interstate Box 1 27 April 1938   2
Paid and other       10

The letters at the base of the box are all 2 mm high.

Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1;

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(3 mm high font).

Base inscription: POSTED/CITY BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 1: A spans the EG of TELEGRAM.
The letter A is leaning slightly to the right.

Earliest date of this format:
3 June 1937.

Latest date of this format:
9 June 1937.

Number in the Census: 3.

Wright Heaton
3 June 1937.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1;

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(3 mm high font).

Base inscription: POSTED/CITY BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 3A: A spans the the EG of TELEGRAM but not past the G.

Earliest date of this format:
3 May 1933 (Occleshaw).

Latest date of this format:
5 September 1933.

Number in the Census: 5.

May 15
15 May 1933.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1;

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(3 mm high font).

Base inscription: POSTED/CITY BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 6: A begins over the R of TELEGRAM.
G is narrow.

Earliest date of this format:
6 November 1933
(on a Commonwealth Bank Stores card).

Latest date of this format:
9 November 1933.

Number in the Census: 3.

Rudders
9 November 1933.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1;

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W. AUST.
(2 mm high font).

Base inscription (varied from above):
POSTED IN/CITY BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 3B: A spans the the EG of TELEGRAM and ends before the R.

Only recorded example of this format:
5 September 1933.

Number in the Census: 1.

Syd 1 1941
24 April 1941.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 2;

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(3 mm high font).

Base inscription:
POSTED/CIRCULAR BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 3A: A over EG of TELEGRAM above right sides of each letter.

Only recorded example of this format:
10 June 1937.

Number in the Census: 1.

10 June
10 June 1937.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 2;

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(3 mm high font).

Base inscription:
POSTED/CIRCULAR BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 5B: A over GR of TELEGRAM.
G is narrow.

Earliest date of this format:
5 September 1933.

Latest date of this format:
10 June 1937.

Number in the Census: 1.


5 September 1933.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 2.

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.

Base inscription: POSTED/PILLAR BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 1: A spans EG of TELEGRAM starting from the right side of E.
TIME is at the base below DD/MM and YEAR.

Only recorded date of this format:
9 May 1933.

Number in the Census: 1.

May 9 Pillar 2
9 May 1933.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 3.

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.

Base inscription:
POSTED/PILLAR BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 3A: A spans EG of TELEGRAM starting from the right side of E.
TIME is at the base below dd/mm and year.

Earliest date of this format:
28 August 1933.

Latest date of this format:
1 May 1934.

Number in the Census: 2.

Sydney 3
29 August 1933.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1;

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W. AUST.
(2 mm high font).

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/PILLAR BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 3A: A over EG of TELEGRAM.
Time is at the base below dd/mm and year.

Earliest date of this format:
3 June 1937.

Latest date of this format:
4 May 1938.

torn cover
3 June 1937.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (6.8 mm high not the usual 5 mm);

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(2 mm high font).

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/PILLAR BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 4B: A over G of TELEGRAM.
Both E and G are narrow.
TIME is at the base below dd/mm and year.

Earliest date of this format:
23 August 1933.

Latest date of this format:
7 November 1935 (Occleshaw).

Barton 1933
23 August 1933.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1 (6.8 mm high not the usual 5 mm);

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(2 mm high font).

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/ PILLAR BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 7: A over GR of TELEGRAM.
TIME reverts to the top of the three lines under NSW.

Earliest date of this format:
8 November 1933.

Latest date of this format:
14 November 1933.

Bardsley
10 November 1933.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 2;

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W. AUST.
(2 mm high font).

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/PILLAR BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 6: A over R of TELEGRAM.
TIME at the bottom of the three lines under NSW.

Only recorded example of this format:
5 May 1938.

Code 2
5 May 1938.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1;

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(2 mm high font).

Base inscription:
POSTED/ SUBURBAN BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 5A: Wide A spans from E almost to R of TELEGRAM.
G is rounded.

Only recorded example of this format:
3 May 1938.

 

Sudney 1 sub
3 May 1938.
2d red KG6 Die 2 is perforated NSW/G.
Flap on reverse has the Crest for the Premier's Office, Sydney NSW.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1;

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(3 mm high font).

Base inscription:
POSTED/INTERSTATE BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 5: A above GR but starts at the left of the G (unusual placement).

Only recorded example of this format:
20 May 1935.

Jubilee
20 May 1935.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1;

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.

Base inscription:
POSTED/INTERSTATE BOX.
(3 mm high font).

Characteristics:
Die 5B: A above GR.

Only recorded example of this format
31 May 1937.

 

Norwood
31 May 1937.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1;

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W.
(3 mm high font).

Base inscription:
POSTED/INTERSTATE BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 6: A over R.

Only recorded example of this format:
4 November 1935.

Lucky
4 November 1935.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: 1;

Top inscription: SYDNEY/N.S.W. AUST.
(2 mm high font).

Base inscription:
POSTED IN/INTERSTATE BOX.

Characteristics:
Die 1: A over EG.
A starts above left side of E and leans slightly to the right.
The Code number 1 at the sides is 8 mm high compared to the usual 5 mm

Only recorded example of this format:
3 May 1938.

Interstate 1938
27 May 1938.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: None;

Top inscription: SYDNEY.

Base inscription: PAID.

Characteristics:
Die 1: A over GR with A leaning slightly right.
No time in Box.
Has 1D between date components.

Only recorded example of this format:
10 November 1933.

Sydney Paid
10 November 1933.