As forecast in the Daily Mail and reported here last year, Royal Mail are commemorating the bicentenary of the birth of novelist Anthony Trollope. But rather than a set of stamps as forecast, this is a premium-priced Commemorative Sheet.
One of Trollope’s key achievements was his determined lobbying for the introduction of pillar boxes into Britain. Such facilities already existed in France and so during a review of postal services in the Channel Islands, he recommended that pillar boxes be trialled in St Helier, Jersey, in 1852. The following year they were introduced to mainland Britain, in Carlisle, and in 1855 London’s first pillar box appeared.
Special postmarks have been announced for the issue of this sheet:
Ref 13381 is available from London Special Handstamp Centre, Mount Pleasant.
Ref 13386 is available from the North of England Special Handstamp Centre, South Shields.
Royal Mail has created a special slogan postmark to mark Trollope’s
bicentenary. This will appear on stamped mail across the UK from 24
April for one week
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