Victoria - Colonial & Interim: 1854-1917.
Overview of ordinary and urgent rate delivery envelopes.


The following overview summarises:

Colonial period - ordinary rate delivery envelopes;

Interim period:

Ordinary rate delivery envelopes - Colonial period.

VC-EO-1:

Blue writing on blue paper.

Heading is TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGE spanning the crest.
Has Melbourne and year printed in lower left corner.

 

VC-DE-1
VC-EO-2:

White paper with two octagonal frames in blue.

Heading is TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGE in octagonal frame.

Frames and writing are embossed.

Lower left frame has date starting with 186 .

VC-DE-2_menu
VC-EO-3:

White paper with two octagonal frames in red.

Heading is TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGE in an octagonal frame.

Frames and writing are embossed.

Lower left frame has date starting with 186 .

VC-DE-3_menu
VC-EO-4:

Heading is TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGE. which is double underlined.

Has information and instruction panels at left.

Reverse side has a small embossed pink Crown on the point of the flap.

VC-DE-4_rev
VC-EO-5:

Heading is TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGE ONLY with a wavy underlining.

Has printed address of
"ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH STATION AT .....".

Reverse side is blank.

VC-DE-5_rev
VC-EO-6:

Heading is TELEGRAM. which is double underlined.

Has no other writing except for the printing details (1,500 - 3/77) in the top left corner.

NO IMAGE AVAILABLE- SEE HANCOCK p. 161.
VC-EO-7:

Heading is TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGE which is double underlined.

Has no other writing except for the printing details (T. - 2000. 10/78) in the top left corner.

VC-DE-6_rev
VC-EO-8:

White paper with two octagonal frames in red.

Heading is TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGE in an octagonal frame.

Two other red octagonal frames in the lower left corner. The lowest has the date starting with 186 .

Frames and writing are printed.

VC-DE-7_menu
VC-EO-9:

White paper with two octagonal frames in red.

Heading is TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGE in an octagonal frame.

Frames and writing are printed. The frame in the lower left corner has no indication of date.

Printed seal on the reverse side with blank inner oval.

VC-DE-8_menu

Ordinary rate delivery envelopes - Interim period:

VI-EO-1:

White paper with two octagonal frames in red.

Heading is TELEGRAM in an octagonal frame.

Frames and writing are printed.

Early forms (printed to about 1910) have a printed seal on the flap on the reverse side.

VC-DE-9_menu

 

Urgent rate delivery envelopes - Interim period:

VI-EU-1.

Printed in black on salmon paper.

Two octagonal frames. Top frame has URGENT TELEGRAM.

Has a full stop after TELEGRAM.

VI-EU-1
VI-EU-2.

Printed in black on pink paper.

Two rectanglar frames. Top frame has URGENT TELEGRAM.

Has a full stop after TELEGRAM.

VI-EU-2 menu

Reply paid envelope:

VI-ER-1.

Printed on bright green paper.

Heading is Reply Paid Telegram.

VI-RE-1