Postage rates for postcards sent within the UK

British Stamps

Halfpenny stamp on a postcard posted 1899

 1890s to 1952 

    1 penny = 1d.                  12 pennies = 1 shilling.                  240 pennies  = 1.

British stamps:   1952 to 2000s          Scottish stamps:   1952 to 2000s

   

 

Queen Victoria

Reign:  20 June 1837 to 22 January 1901

1890s - 1900

d

Halfpenny stamp on a postcard posted 1899

1900 - 01

d

Halfpenny stamp on a postcard posted 1901

-   The stamps above changed from vermilion to blue-green in 1900 to meet international standards

 

King Edward VII

Reign:  22 January 1901 to 6 May 1910

1902 - 04

d

Halfpenny stamp on a postcard posted 1903

1904 - 10

d

Halfpenny stamp on a postcard posted 1905

The first stamp above is blue-green;  the second is yellow-green.

 

King George V

Reign:  6 May 1910 to 20 January 1936

1911 - 12

d

Halfpenny stamp on postcard posted 1912

1912 - 18

d

Halfpenny stamp on postcard posted 1917

1918 - 21

1d

Penny stamp on postcard posted 1921

1921 - 22

1d

Three halfpenny stamp on postcard posted 1922

 

1922 - 34

1d

Penny stamp on postcard posted 1921

or

1934 - 36

1d

Penny stamp on postcard posted 1935

or

Commemorative

1929

1d

Penny stamp on a postcard posted 1929

Commemorative

1935

1d

  Penny Silver Jubilee commemorative stamp on a postcard posted 1935

-   The head on the 1911-12 stamp was known as the 'Downey Head'  It was drawn from a photograph by W & D Downey, the Court Photographers

-   All stamps for the period 1912-34 are from the same series.  It is only the postal rates for sending post cards that changed -  three times!  The head on this series of stamps was known as the 'Profile Head'.  It was introduced to match the heads on coins and medals.

-  The postal rates increased to 1d (3 Jun 1918), then to 1d (13 Jun 1921). This meant that the price of sending a postcard had trebled in three years.  The result was protests, and a return to the 1d postage rate from 29 May 1922. 

However, postcards never regained their popularity of the pre-war years, 1900-1914.

 

King Edward VIII

Reign:  20 January 1936 to 10 December 1936

Illustrations of stamps to be added later

1936

1d

Penny stamp on postcard posted 1936 

This was a very simple stamp compared to earlier styles, but its use soon came to an end when King Edward VIII abdicated.

 

King George VI

Reign: 11 December 1936 to 6 February 1952

Illustrations of stamps to be added later

1937 - 1940

1d

Penny stamp -  red  -  KIng George VI 

1940 - 41

2d

Twopenny stamp -  orange  -  KIng George VI

1941-50

2d

 Twopenny stamp -  light orange  -  KIng George VI

1950 - 52

2d

Twopenny stamp -  brown  -  KIng George VI  

From 1 Jan 1937:    Letter Rate 1d,   Postcards 1d

From 1 May 1940:   Letter Rate 2d,   Postcards 2d

From 1941 onwards, paler colours were used for d to 3d stamps.  e.g. the 2d stamp was 'orange' (1940-41) then  'pale orange' (1941-50) and 'pale brown' (1950-52).

 

More Stamps  -  1952 to 2000s

 

NOTES

1.  The illustrations of stamps on this page have been taken from postcards in my collection and other collections.  To find background information and the dates when the various postage rates applied, I have consulted:

(a)  Stanley Gibbons' Specialised Stamp Catalogues

(b)  British Postal Rates 1937 to 2000 [Robert Johnson and Gordon Peet]

(c)  Tilehurst, Reading UK Directory
      
[and Internet archive 'Wayback Machine']

2.  I have illustrated this page almost entirely with definitive stamps.  To have included the many commemorative issues that have been issued, particularly during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, would have complicated the page.

Thank you to Frank Walton for advising me of the resource in (c) above

 

British stamps:   1952 to 2000s

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