Victoria - Colonial period.
Use of the PMG Frank Stamp on telegraph-related items.


The PMG Frank stamp was applied to several types of telegraphic-related stationery items. These were:

ENVELOPES - headed:

  1. FOREIGN TELEGRAM;
  2. TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGE;

POSTCARDS - headed:

  1. ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH OFFICE;
  2. RECEIPT FOR TELEGRAM;
  3. RECEIPT FOR FOREIGN TELEGRAM.
  4. ACCOUNTS BRANCH.

The stationery items are shown below together with more specific details.

Foreign Telegram.

Two types of envelopes were printed with this heading.

  • They are identical except for the entry for the date.
  • The Frank was Die 3 and it was printed in blue.

 

Foreign telegram 1 Foreign Telegram delivery envelope used in Melbourne for local delivery
(9 October 1883 - earliest recorded date).

Characteristics:

  • envelope made from white laid paper;
  • Frank Stamp in printed in blue;
  • date in LLC starts "188_";
  • has an albino Belt & Buckle seal on flap.

S & W 250.

Albino B&B The albino Belt & Buckle seal on the flap (darkened to highlight the embossed design).
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Characteristics:

  • envelope made from white laid paper;
  • Frank Stamp in printed in blue;
  • date in LLC starts "188_";
  • has an albino Belt & Buckle seal on flap.
Telegraphic Message.

Three types of envelopes were printed with the TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGE heading and a die 3 Frank Stamp. They are identical in most respects with the differences being in:

  • the printed date;
  • the seal on the flap.;
  • the colour of the Frank Stamp.
VC-EO-4 VC-EO-4.

Melbourne to Urana
16 February 1875.

Characteristics:

  • Delivery envelope headed "TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGE" with printed date as 187_.
  • seal on the flap was the Crown on a pink ground (Special 1);
  • Frank Stamp Die 3 printed on the envelope in blue (S & W PMG type 980);
  • size 72 × 121 mm.

Earliest recorded use.

Flap special 1 The embossed Crown on a pink ground (15 mm diameter) showing round peak of flap below.
VC-EO-7 VC-EO-7.

Hamilton to Hochkirch
5 February 1883.

Characteristics:

  • Delivery envelope headed "TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGE". Has a printing date of October 1878 but no provision for a date of use;
  • seal on the flap was the Crown on a pink ground as previously (Special 1);
  • not included in Steig & Watson.
  • size 72 × 121 mm.

 

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Frank Stamp Die 3 printed on the envelope in blue (S & W PMG type 990);

size 88 × 138 mm.

Red Frank VC-EO-7.

Melbourne to P.O. Box Room (on reverse)
(4 December 1900).

Characteristics:

  • Delivery envelope headed "TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGE". Has no printing date or provision for a date of use;
  • seal on the flap was a printed ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH OFFICE oval (Special 2);
  • Frank Stamp Die 3 printed in red on the flap (S & W PMG type 1000).
  • size 78 × 135 mm.
Flap special 2 The printed ELECTRIC TLEGRAPH oval
(31 mm major diameter).
  Need another with Her as title ...

Electric Telegraph Office.

Only one type of postcard was printed with this heading. The Frank was Die 3 and it was printed in blue.

 
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Has heading "Her ..." and the date begins "188_".

Frank Stamp Die 3 printed on envelope in blue (S & W PMG type 10).

Receipt for Telegram.

Only one type of postcard was printed with this heading. The Frank was Die 3 and it was printed in blue.

Local Local 460
Unused postcard headed "ON HER MAJESTY'S SERVICE" followed by "RECEIPT FOR TELEGRAM".

ERD is 2 September 1887.

 

Characteristics:
  • postcard has provision on reverse side for a date of use "188_";
  • printed on buff card;
  • Frank Stamp Die 3 printed in blue (S & W PMG type 320).
  • size 83 × 128 mm.
Receipt for Foreign Telegram.

Three types of postcards were printed with this heading. All had the Die 3 Frank printed in blue. The heading of each type was "Her ...". The date for use was "188_" on the first two printings and "189_" on the third printing.

Foreign 1881_460 1881_460_rev
Unused postcard headed RECEIPT FOR FOREIGN TELEGRAM.

 

Characteristics:
  • Postcard headed "On Her Majesty's Service" at front;
  • has printing date of July 1881 and provision for a date of use as "Melbourne......, 188 ";
  • text in serif italic script font;
  • seal on the reverse side is TELEGRAPH Branch oval;
  • Frank Stamp Die 3 printed in blue on the front
    (S & W PMG type 370).
  • size 74 × 133 mm.
Foreign 2 460 188_Rev 460
Postcard for a RECEIPT FOR FOREIGN TELEGRAM used
on 18 February 1888 for a telegram from Berlin.
Characteristics:
  • Postcard headed "On Her Majesty's Service" at front;
  • has no printing date but a provision for a date of use as
    "Melbourne ......, 188 ";
  • text in serif italic font;
  • seal on the reverse side is TELEGRAPH Branch oval;
  • Frank Stamp Die 3 printed in blue on the front
    (S & W PMG type 380).
  • size 79 × 140 mm.
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Characteristics

As above but date is "..., 189 ".

(S & W PMG type 390).

Post Office and Telegraph Department, Accounts Branch.

Accts 1883 reply Accts 1883 reply rev
Reply card for POST OFFICE AND TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT
ACCOUNTS BRANCH used on 19 December 1883 and cancelled with a Melbourne Victoria duplex.
Characteristics:
  • Reply card headed "On Her Majesty's Service" at front;
  • has no schedule number but has provision for a date of use as" ......, 188 ";
  • Frank Stamp Die 3 printed in blue on the front
    (not listed in S & W).
  • size 97 × 125 mm.
Accts - 1884 Accts 1884 rev
Postcard for POST OFFICE AND TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT
ACCOUNTS BRANCH used on 11 July 1884 (the month after printing) and cancelled with a Melbourne Victoria duplex.

NOTE the signatory is Samuel McGowan.

Characteristics:
  • Postcard headed "On Her Majesty's Service" at front;
  • has a schedule number of M.B. - No. 10./5000 - 6/84 and a provision for a date of use as"Melbourne ......, 188 ";
  • Frank Stamp Die 3 printed in blue on the front
    (not listed in S & W).
  • size 83 × 145 mm.
Accst small Accts small rev
Postcard for POST OFFICE AND TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT
ACCOUNTS BRANCH used on 17 October 1895 and cancelled with a Melbourne Victoria duplex.
Characteristics:
  • Postcard headed "On Her Majesty's Service" at front;
  • has no printing date but a provision for a date of use as
    "Melbourne ......, 18 ";
  • Frank Stamp Die 3 printed in black on the front
    (not listed in S & W).
  • size 74 × 128 mm.
Accts large Accts large rev
Postcard for POST OFFICE AND TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT
ACCOUNTS BRANCH used on 5 September1895 and cancelled with a Melbourne Victoria duplex.
Characteristics:
  • Postcard headed "On Her Majesty's Service" at front;
  • has no printing date but a provision for a date of use as
    "Melbourne ......, 189 ";
  • Frank Stamp Die 3 printed in blue on the front
    (not listed in S & W).
  • size 92 × 141 mm.