The Jubilee of Penny Postage
Elliot Imitation
5th July, 1890


William Henry Elliot of 29 Calthorpe Street, London WC, produced an imitation of the South Kensington Jubilee Envelope on Saturday 5th July, 1890, decrying the official envelope and card's availability for only a day.

Mr. Elliot's imitation, both envelope and card, was produced on cheap thin paper and sold for 1d as "the poor man's Jubilee souvenir". The official envelope and card had sold for a Shilling.

Invoking the Post Office Protection Act of 1884, a letter [probably on Monday, 7th July] from the G.P.O. solicitor caused Mr. Elliot to withdraw his imitation. He had ben unwise, unlike Harry Furniss, in including an indicia appearing to represent postage validity.

In his Tuesday, 8th July reply to the solicitor, Mr. Elliot stated "In issuing the card and envelope to sell at 1d. the two, I had not the slightest idea I was doing wrong." He also stated, "... from the bad weather very few had been sold. I have not and will not sell a copy from receipt of your letter, and will gather in any few I may find in the trade."

Various sources put the number sold at between 500 [Philatelic Bulletin; January, 1971] and 1,500 [White], the edition supposedly being about 3,000. As of 1971, only three examples are recorded having been sent through the post.




01 September, 2010