Australia: 1917-1988.
Melbourne - various slogan date stamps.


The nine slogans used at Melbourne are:

  1. SEND A TELEGRAM;
  2. SEND GREETINGS BY TELEGRAM;
  3. SEND BIRTHDAY GREETINGS BY TELEGRAM;
  4. CONVEY CONGRATULATIONS ....
  5. HAPPY THOUGHTS;
  6. TELEGRAMS: SPEEDY, RELIABLE, EFFECTIVE.
  7. 100 YEARS OF TELEGRAPH SERVICE;
  8. OVERLAND TELEGRAPH LINE CENTENARY.
  9. A TELEGRAPHIC CODE ADDRESS ...

The hyperlinks divert to the main Melbourne pages or to details below of the four slogans used at Melbourne but for which only a few examples of each have been recorded.

 

  1. CONVEY CONGRATULATIONS BY TELEGRAPH ...
  2. HAPPY THOUGHTS;
  3. TELEGRAMS: SPEEDY, RELIABLE, EFFECTIVE.
  4. OVERLAND TELEGRAPH CENTENARY: 1872 - 1972.

 

CONVEY CONGRATULATIONS BY TELEGRAPH ON SPECIALLY DESIGNED FORMS.

Two dies are recorded for this slogan at Melbourne. Both a boxed date stamps with no number.

Datestamp: Box;

Number: none;

Base inscription: VICTORIA.

Characteristics:
Die 4:
C (of CONVEY) spans the GR of CONGRATULATIONS and starts from about the middle of G;
The last three lines are indented compared with CO;
The H at the end of line 3 spans NS at the end of line 3.

DD-MM above time.

Only recorded date of this format:
21 March 1940.

Number in Census: 2.

Big cover
21 March 1940.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: none;

Base inscription: VICTORIA.

Characteristics:
Die 2: C of CONVEY is above the NG below.
S and H at the end os lines 2 and 3 are aligned.

The slogan component is very wide. It is most likely the cover became slowed as it went through processing.

Only recorded date of this format:
18 April 1941.

Number in Census: 1.

Brunswick
18 April 1941.

 

HAPPY THOUGHTS ....

Three dies are recorded for this slogan at Melbourne:

HAPPY THOUGHTS ....

Datestamp: Circle (diameter: 21 mm).

Base inscription: VIC. AUST.

Characteristics:
Die 1A: Has ! at the end on line 1.
First three lines are left aligned.

Earliest date of this format:
20 December 1940.

Latest date recorded:
23 December 1940.

Number in the Census: 3.

Happy Die 1
20 December 1940.
HAPPY THOUGHTS ....

Datestamp: Box.

Base inscription: VICTORIA.

Characteristics:
Die 3: Has no ! at the end on line 1.
No spaces between the the three words in line 3.
TIME then DD-MM and YEAR in date stamp.

Earliest date of this format:
20 December 1940.

Latest date recorded:
6 January 1941.

Number in the Census: 7.

Meld die 3 time
20 December 1940.
HAPPY THOUGHTS ....

Datestamp: Box.

Base inscription: VICTORIA.

Characteristics:
Die 3: Has no ! at the end on line 1.
No spaces between the the three words in line 3.
DD-MM then TIMEand YEAR in date stamp.

Only recorded date of this format:
20 December 1940.

Number in the Census: 1.

Melb Date
24 December 1940.

 

TELEGRAMS: SPEEDY, RELIABLE, EFFECTIVE.

Two dies are recorded for this slogan at Melbourne:

Datestamp: Box.

Base inscription: VICTORIA.

Characteristics:
Die 1: E, R and E are roughly aligned.

Earliest date of this format:
23 July 1940.

Latest date recorded:
24 July 1940.

Number in the Census: 4.

AIF
23 July 1940.
Datestamp: Box.

Base inscription: PAID.

Characteristics:
Die 1: E, R and E are roughly aligned

Only recorded date of this format:
26 July 1940.

Number in the Census: 1.

T&G
26 July 1940.

OVERLAND TELEGRAPH CENTENARY 1872-1972.

Three dies for this slogan are recorded at Melbourne:

Datestamp: Box.

Number: 10.

Base inscription: VIC-3000.

Characteristics:
Has DD-MM, then Time then Year.

Only recorded date of this format:
28 August 1972.

Number in the Census: 1.

Melb 10
28 August 1972.
Datestamp: Box.

Number: 11.

Base inscription: VIC-3000.

Characteristics:
Has DD-MM, then Time then Year.

Only recorded date of this format:
24 August 1972.

Number in the Census: 1.

Melb 11
24 August 1972.
Datestamp: Box.

Box number: 14.

Base inscription: VIC-3000.

Characteristics:
Has DD-MM, then Time then Year.

Only recorded date of this format:
22 August 1972.

Number in the Census: 1.

Melb 14
22 August 1972.