The Jubilee of Penny Postage
July, 1890

Furniss Caricature

At the time of the production of these caricatures 100 'special subscription' copies, printed in -=black=-, were prepared. One thought is that these were sold to pay for the preparation of the regular -=blue=- edition of 10,000. Each of these envelopes and the insert cards, were signed by Harry Furniss and are sometimes sold as 'proofs'.

The envelopes were printed by John Walker & Co of London on IVORY VELLUM WOVE/ JOHN WALKER & Co/ LONDON E.C. watermarked paper. The watermark is not present throughout the uncut sheet so parts may or may not be present.


Most copies seen are unused, though the remainders of the edition of 10,000 were obtained by the Stamp Collector's Fortnightly. These copies were distributed with the 15th December 1906 edition and are stamped in dull red on the envelope flap in five lines; "Presented / with the / Christmas Number of the / Stamp Collector's Fortnightly / December 15th, 1906".

In addition to such premiums for their readers, the S.C.F. began presenting medals to members of the various stamp societies. They were a 'competition' for the presentation of papers at a society meeting.    Click the Medal for the S.C.F. page.



27th March, 2017