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Links to documents that can be downloaded and which provide information of use to GB collectors – some provided by our members, some classic or historical texts from other sources such as Google Books or the Web Archive Project. Page counts and approximate file sizes are given. Most are redistributable on a non-commercial basis (files available to GBPS members only are marked ).
This section is for downloads of historical and philatelic works – many additional documents are available for download in the Sources section, which contains the texts of primary source material.
Suggestions for additional downloads are very welcome – please email with the details.
A selection of historical works with a postal connection.
|General Directories||Published volumes giving the mileages of the main roads, and thus very helpful for working out pre-1840 mileage-based rates. Link|
|Penny Postage||Documents (from both official and private sources) relating to the great Penny Postage reforms of 1840 and their aftermath. Link|
|General Histories||Historical works with a postal connection, including several classic early histories. Also includes biographies and contemporary reports on the Post Office. Link|
|Selected general information sheets originally issued in the 1980s by the Post Office Archives (as they were then known) and reproduced with permission. Link|
Works specifically from a philatelic rather than a historical point of view.
|Postage Stamps||Works (general or specific) on British postage stamps. Link|
|Works (general or specific) on British postmarks. Link|
|Postal History||General postal history subjects other than pure postmark studies. Link|
|Stanton Booklet Cards||The notes of the pioneer collector of GB booklets. Link|
|Miscellaneous||Other GB "back of the book" or Cinderella topics. Link|
London Postal History Group Collection
The output of the London Postal History Group from 1971-2009, archived here by agreement.
|LPHG Publications||Books and originally papers produced by the LPHG. Link|
|LPHG Notebook||The magazine of the LPHG from 1971 to 2009. Link|