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The award winning PMSC Newsletter.

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The award winning Newsletter.

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An Introduction to British Postal Mechanisation:

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British Postal Mechanisation Handbook:

After several years debate and work, the Study Circle has begun publication of its handbook on British Postal Mechanisation. With sections written by experts, it will appear in parts and build up into the standard reference work for the history of the mechanisation of the postal services from 1857 to date. The pages are Iooseleaf so that updates and further parts can be added, and a binder is supplied with the first section.

The overall editor is Douglas Muir, our President and the Curator (Philately) of the National Postal Museum, and the first section contains three parts: an introduction and an essay on early British sorting machines both by Douglas Muir, together with the first part of a study on stamp cancelling machines by Jack Peach.

These parts cover mechanisation from about 1840 up to the early part of the 20th century, before any standard machines were in use, and thus describe experiments of greater or lesser success. Further sections will be published in due course covering such famous machines as the Transorma, more modern stamp cancelling machines, and the development of the code sorting system with its attendant postcodes, phosphor dots and machines.

The second part comprising two further chapters is also available. These are: the second chapter on cancelling machines and a new chapter on early British sorting machines.

The handsome A5 binder contains some 100 pages with a wealth of information and profuse illustrations of the main markings and machines, many of which have not been published before.

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