The Jubilee of Penny Postage
July, 1890

Furniss Caricature
1971 Postal Strike

Just over 80 years later Harry's humor was again in use, this time for the 1971 Post Office Strike. With some alterations to fit the current happenings, a card was produced by 'Exporters Letter Service'. It may exist only as philatelic usage. The card shown has no message on the reverse. At 5 3/8" by 4 3/8" it is slightly larger than the original.


'Exporters Letter Service' also produced, by overprinting, a version of the then current Royal Mail Aerogramme. This had the 4/- valuation 'stamp' of the ELS and still required an 0.50 F franking from France for delivery. This copy is still sealed from mailing and appears to have no writing within. Both are dated 25th February, 1971 at 14:15.


'Exporters Letter Service' also produced at least six 'stamps' of 1/-, 3/-, 4/-, 6/-, 10/- and 1 valuation. The valuation on the 'Furniss' card appears to be that of 1/-. Operations seem to have been located in several areas including the cities of London, Brighton and Southampton.



3rd June, 2016