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Introduction

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.

Historical Studies

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
Postal Museum
Information Sheets
Selected general information sheets originally issued in the 1980s by the Post Office Archives (as they were then known) and reproduced with permission. Link

Philatelic Studies

Works specifically from a philatelic rather than a historical point of view.

Postage Stamps Works (general or specific) on British postage stamps. Link
Postal Markings
(General)
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