A Jubilee Reminiscence
A JUBILEE REMINISCENCE
Selected sheets from the presentation given by John Davies on 26th January 2013
In 1889 a general opinion was expressed that the fiftieth anniversary of the introduction of Uniform Penny Postage in Great Britain "ought not to be allowed to pass without some indication of the feelings which must actuate all who looked back at the great reform introduced in 1840".
Arrangements were made for various Jubilee celebrations to be held in 1890. Although plans for a commemorative stamp were initiated, they were later abandoned. However, several major events took place, including an Exhibition at the Guildhall organised by the City Corporation of London, and other regional exhibitions. There was an official Post Office celebration in the form of a grand Conversazione at South Kensington Museum. A number of innovative displays and exhibits were assembled for these events.
They were also very important in GB philately for the introduction of the first commemorative postal stationery. This was imitated in the same way as the original Mulready Envelope fifty years earlier. The events also led to the use of special event cancellations and cachets. These could also be applied by favour, thereby establishing the practice of the "philatelic souvenir".
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