The Jubilee of Penny Postage
South Kensington Envelope
2nd July, 1890

Although passing through the mails and receiving a London E  backstamp, the misspelling of the residence as "Malboro House", sans 'r', causes concern. Perhaps the sender simply didn't know or miswrote.

I can find no signs of a previous address being cleaned away, so perhaps this was actually sent to the future King, Edward VII. No message or sender's name was included on the card.

Fourteen Postal Clerks were on duty at the South Kensington Museum for the period of the exhibition, 7 PM to Midnight. The Main Hall Post Office had a supervisor and four clerks. The Science Library Office had the same staffing and in the Writing Room and at the Royal Entrance, there were two clerks at each position.

These envelopes bear the Type 2 "Large" 37 mm diameter cancel used at the Museum.

Jubilee envelopes bought at the Museum could be impressed with the special stamp without charge, but all other cards and letters not intended for the post were charged 1d per cancel. As with the Guildhall, the proceeds, above the real postal charges, were for the Rowland Hill Fund.

Alfred Place is located a few blocks northwest of the British Museum. Number 21's location is now part of a large building housing the Ergonom Showroom of UniFor, an Italian designer and manufacturer of office furnishing systems .

Also available in the Science Library and at the Tube Post desk were these cancels. a total of six cancels were available, with one being a smaller version of the main South Kensington 'Crown' used for posting.

This envelope has four of them on the reverse, and the large South Kensington 'Crown' on the front. what makes it more interesting is the signature of H. C. [Henry Cecil] Raikes, the current Postmaster General.


Somehow, this envelope and an included, unfranked, card ended up in Bombay, India !
Sadly, a bit worse for the travel and its age.




9th February, 2018