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Sample Rates 1899-1971

Introduction


1937 - basic 1d for 4oz, sent to USA on the Queen Mary
The overseas sample post, like the corresponding inland service (when available), was essentially restricted to packets containing only bona fide trade samples of merchandise, without saleable value in the form supplied.

It also covered scientific and natural history specimens (originally a wide range of such specimens were allowed, but in later years only medicines sent by recognised laboratories qualified), and (in pre-war days at least) keys and printers' blocks.

The weight limit for Empire (and later on Commonwealth) destinations was 5lb, which was much higher than the maximum weight allowed for the rest of the world -- which over most of this period was only 1lb. Rates above 1lb are given in the table below but this limit should be borne in mind.

Samples as a distinct category of mail were discontinued from 1st July 1971.

Rates

Date Rate Date Rate Date Rate
1899
(1 Jan)
1d - 4oz
1d - 6oz
2d - 8oz
2d - 10oz
3d - 12oz
1921
(13 Jun)
1d - 4oz
1d - 6oz
2d - 8oz
2d - 10oz
3d - 12oz
3d - 14oz
4d - 1lb
4d - 1lb 2oz
5d - 1lb 4oz
5d - 1lb 6oz
6d - 1lb 8oz
6d - 1lb 10oz

Each addl. 2oz - d
1949
(1 May)
1d - 2oz
1d - 4oz
2d - 6oz
2d - 8oz
3d - 10oz
3d - 12oz
4d - 14oz
4d - 1lb
5d - 1lb 2oz
5d - 1lb 4oz
6d - 1lb 6oz
6d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - d
1950
(1 Oct)
1d - 2oz
2d - 4oz
2d - 6oz
3d - 8oz
3d - 10oz
4d - 12oz
4d - 14oz
5d - 1lb
5d - 1lb 2oz
6d - 1lb 4oz
6d - 1lb 6oz
7d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - d
1957
(1 Oct)
2d - 2oz
3d - 4oz
4d - 6oz
5d - 8oz
6d - 10oz
7d - 12oz
8d - 14oz
9d - 1lb
10d - 1lb 2oz
11d - 1lb 4oz
1s - 1lb 6oz
1s 1d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - 1d
1963
(1 Jul)
2d - 2oz
4d - 4oz
5d - 6oz
7d - 8oz
8d - 10oz
10d - 12oz
11d - 14oz
1s 1d - 1lb
1s 2d - 1lb 2oz
1s 4d - 1lb 4oz
1s 5d - 1lb 6oz
1s 7d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - 1d
1966
(3 Oct)
4d - 2oz
6d - 4oz
8d - 6oz
10d - 8oz
1s - 10oz
1s 2d - 12oz
1s 4d - 14oz
1s 6d - 1lb
1s 8d - 1lb 2oz
1s 10d - 1lb 4oz
2s - 1lb 6oz
2s 2d - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - 2d
1971
(15 Feb)
1p - 2oz
2p - 4oz
3p - 6oz
4p - 8oz
5p - 10oz
6p - 12oz
7p - 14oz
8p - 1lb
9p - 1lb 2oz
10p - 1lb 4oz
11p - 1lb 6oz
12p - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - 1p