Colchester
Essex, England

Operated by the 34th Colchester Scouts (with help from other groups) within the Colchester Borough Boundary. Originally divided into 15 delivery areas, 18 from 1990. Served by bicycle. Profits to Group funds. In 1994 exchanged mail with the East Essex District operation. 1991 FDC also credits the 1st, 7th, 8th, 9th & 36th Groups as participants. In 1994 exchanged mail with the various posts of the East Essex District.

34th Colchester Scouts are part of the Colchester East District in the Scout County of Essex (the other groups mentioned are in Colchester East, Colchester Central or Colchester West Districts).

Colchester Poster

1989

1989 issue

Type C1.


1990 (December 12th)

1990 issue 1990 issue 1990 issue 1990 issue

 

1990 pre-stamped envelope

Stamps types 1 to 4, envelope type 5, handcut about 45x45mm, charges were quoted as cards 10p until 19th December, 20p thereafter; packets 50p; items out of area 1. Designed and printed by I.F.Trinder in sheets of six (2 rows of three, tete-beche) plus 100 miniature sheets of four of the 10p value, all imperforate. Printing quantities 10p=2,224, 20p=270, 50p=260, 1=250 + 100 proof sets produced on white cartridge paper, & 66 pre-stamped envelopes. The pre-stamped envelopes were also given first day cover status & cancelled 12th December. Miniature sheets of four had "Scout Cycle Delivery" at the top and "Christmas 1990" at the bottom in purple. A first day cover was produced with the set of 4 stamps on a specially printed envelope.



1991 (December 10th)

1991 issue 1991 issue 1991 issue 1991 issue

 

1991 pre-stamped envelope

Stamps types 6 to 9, envelope type 10, handcut about 38x4mm (type 6) 65x45mm (types 7/8/9). All values were printed as miniature sheets, type 6 was printed in sheetsof six, the others in sheets of four. All except the 50p value had the lower row of stamps inverted. A first day cover was produced with just the two 10p stamps on a specially printed envelope.


1991 proof 1991 proof

These illustrations are of proof copies of the 10p values, printed on thin matt card.



1992 (December 8th)

1992 issue 1992 issue 1992 issue 1992 issue 1992 issue 1992 issue

 

1992 pre-stamped envelope

Stamps types 11 to 16, envelope type 17, 45x37mm (type 14 50x40mm), designed and printed by ? in sheets of ?, all imperforate except for #14 which is a self-adhesive version of #12 (with rounded corners). A first day cover was produced with types 11, 14 & 15 on a specially printed envelope. Miniature sheets of types 11, 13 & 15/16 have the text "Scouts Post 1992" and a scout badge printed at the bottom. It would appear that the "10p" missing variety is an error but the two 50p types 15/16 (different type faces for the value "50p") are positional varieties (all 4 are slightly different).


1992 basic proof

This illustration is of a proof copy of the basic design, printed on thin shiny card.



1993 (December 7th)

1993 issue 1993 issue 1993 issue 1993 issue

 

1993 pre-stamped envelope

Stamps types 18 to 21, envelope type 22, 45x37mm (type 19 50x40mm), designed by James Foster and printed by ? in sheets of ?, all imperforate except for #19 which is a self-adhesive version of #18 (with rounded corners). A first day cover was produced with types 18, 20 & 21 on a specially printed envelope.



1994 (December 6th)

1994 issue 1994 issue 1994 issue 1994 issue

 

1994 pre-stamped envelope 1994 pre-stamped envelope

Stamps types 23 to 26, envelope types 27 & 27a, 50x40mm (50p 70x70mm), designed by James Mussett (10p & 20p) and M Hibbe (50p). Low values printed by ? in sheets of 16 (4 rows of 4) the top row being inverted giving tete beche pairs with row 2 All self-adhesive with rounded corners except for #26 which is imperforate. Break in top frame of low value design appears consistently on the top three rows throughout the printing. Envelopes differ by the placement of the value on the stamp design. A first day cover was produced with type 23 only on a specially printed envelope.



1995

1995 issue

Type C2, apparently used as a cachet without stamps in 1995.


Cancellations

Colchester postmark

Type P1 - used on ordinary mail and FDCs in 1991/2.

 


Colchester postmark Colchester postmark

Types P2 & P3 - used in black on ordinary mail and blue on FDCs in 1993/4.

 


 

Colchester postmark Colchester postmark

Types P4 & P5 - used in black on ordinary mail and blue on FDCs in 1993/4.

 



Statistics

Year 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Start None None None None None None None None . Dec 12
Carried None None None None None None None None 2,000 2,057
Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Start Dec 10 Dec 8 Dec 7 Dec 6 . None None None None None
Carried . . . . . None None None None None

Footnote

As mentioned in the introduction to this catalogue, the dispensation for Charity Posts to charge less than 1 per item only permits the carriage of cards, for which each post sets it’s own rate each year - it is therefore difficult to understand the need for values in Colchester other than the 10p charged for each card posted & the 1 issue for anything else. Obviously the 20p, 30p & 50p values could be used in multiples to cater for the 1 non-card rate, it is therefore left to individual collectors to decide whether these are valid, acceptable issues or not and to include them in / exclude them from their collections at their own discretion.


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