Postal History

Works on general postal history subjects - rates, routes, particular postal services etc. Works which focus more specifically on studies of postal markings have been listed separately on their own page.

We have tried to list these as far as possible in date order of their subject matter, although since many of the books and monographs cover a wide date range of material this can only be approximate.

Royal Household Mail
Glenn H Morgan
[243pp, 10.8MB, 1992‑2012]
Mail from the royal residences, households and offices of Great Britain. Includes 2012 updates

House of Commons Post Office Factsheet
[21pp, 623KB, 2010]
Archived official factsheet with the history up to 2010

History of the Manchester Post Office 1625-1900
Charles Calvert
[297pp, 41MB, 1966‑69]
Part 1 (1966) and Part 2 (Penny Posts, 1969)

Edmund Dummer and Falmouth Packet Sailings to West Indies 1702-1841
John Olenkiewicz
[340pp, 12.5MB, 2018]
Dummer 1702-11, Falmouth 1745-49 and 1756-1841

Bristol and Falmouth Packet Sailings to North America 1710-1840
John Olenkiewicz
[132pp, 27MB, 2018]
Bristol 1710-15, Falmouth 1755-1840 to various ports, chiefly NY and Halifax

Falmouth Packet Sailings to Brazil 1808-1850
John Olenkiewicz
[87pp, 2.1MB, 2018]
Between Falmouth and Rio de Janeiro and Bahia

Falmouth Packet Sailings to Surinam etc 1810-1816
John Olenkiewicz
[9pp, 706KB, 2013]
Between Falmouth and Surinam, thence to other Caribbean ports

Falmouth Packet Sailings to South America 1824-1832
John Olenkiewicz
[14pp, 438KB, 2018]
Between Falmouth and Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Rio

GB Postal Reform 1837‑40
Tom Slemons
[48pp, 21.8MB, 2015]
A GBPS Diamond Jubilee Festival Presentation

North Atlantic Mail Sailings 1840-75
Walter Hubbard and Richard F. Winter
[436pp, 55MB, 1988]
By kind permission of the US Philatelic Classics Society. With revisions

UPU Members and Dates of Joining
UPSS / James Bendon
[8pp, 66KB]
Created by the United Postal Stationery Society

The Collection of Postage Due in Ireland 1914-1926
Robert Benninghoff
[22pp, 73MB, 2015]
A GBPS Diamond Jubilee Festival Presentation

Coronation 1937 Covers, an illustrated listing
Allan Oliver
[106pp, 8.2MB, 2004]

GB Postal Mechanisation Timeline
Steve McGill
[1pp, 61KB, 2015]
A GBPS Diamond Jubilee Festival Presentation

High Value Packets and Bankers Special Packets the Post Office 'secret' services
Mike O'Hara
[223pp, 56MB, 2012]
Comprehensive treatment of these two services

British Post Office Santa Mail Service
Glenn H Morgan
[24pp, 2.0MB, 1989]
The story of the service still provided for children who write to Father Christmas

Postal Sanctions Against Rhodesia 1965 to 1980
Mike Hughes
[171pp, 32MB, 2018]
By kind permission of the Rhodesian Study Circle

Bringing Postal History to Life
Tom Slemons
[58pp, 26MB, 2015]
A GBPS Diamond Jubilee Festival Presentation