Edinburgh
Lothian, Scotland

Organised by Edinburgh Area Scout Council. Serving postal areas EH1 to EH17 and EH28 to EH30.

By 1996 about 120 groups including Guides, Boys Brigade and other charities were involved with over 1,000 collecting points across the city. Over 500,000 cards per year were handled between 1991 and 1995. Closed after Christmas 2008.

Edinburgh Poster

1984

1984 issue 1984 issue

Types 1 & 2, designed by ?, type 1 printed by Able-Label on 41x19mm self-adhesive labels, type 2 photocopied onto imperforate, ungummed paper in sheets of ? (? rows of ?). As the total print run was inadequate many covers received ONLY the cachet C1 which was also used to postmark stamped mail. A souvenir cover was produced for each issue, cancelled type P1 - these cannot be called "First Day Covers" as they do not carry a specific date indication. Standard Post Office fdc envelopes were used.



1985

1985 issue black on yellow 1985 issue

Types 3 & 4, designed by ?, printed by local Printshop, imperforate, in sheets of ? (? rows of ?). A souvenir cover was produced for type 3, cancelled type P8 - again these cannot be called "First Day Covers" as they do not carry a specific date indication. Standard Post Office fdc envelopes were used.



1986

1986 issue

Type 5, designed by A. McAlpine (Scout Publicity Officer), printed by Russelprint (Edinburgh) on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 35 (5 rows of 7). A souvenir cover was produced for type 5, cancelled type P2 - again these cannot be called "First Day Covers" as they do not carry a specific date indication. Standard Post Office fdc envelopes were used. Spare stock re-used in 1987.



1987

1987 issue

Type 6, designed by A. McAlpine (Scout Publicity Officer), printed by Russelprint (Edinburgh) on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 35 (5 rows of 7). A souvenir cover was produced for type 6, cancelled type P8 - again these cannot be called "First Day Covers" as the date is either the last day of sale or the date of delivery. Specially designed envelopes were used.



1988 - 1990

1987 issue

Type 7, designed by A. McAlpine (Scout Publicity Officer), printed by Metropress (Edinburgh) on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 35 (5 rows of 7). A souvenir cover was produced for type 7 in 1988, cancelled type P4 - again these cannot be called "First Day Covers" as the date is either the last day of sale or the date of delivery. Specially designed envelopes were used. While the stamps were identical, there were two distinct printings - one in 1988 which had the matrix (the adhesive paper between the stamps) intact, the other in 1989 which had the matrix stripped off the sheet before issue.



1991

1991 issue

Type 8, designed by A. McAlpine (Scout Publicity Officer), printed by Metropress (Edinburgh) on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 35 (5 rows of 7).



1992

1992 issue

Type 9, designed by ?, printed by ? on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 35 (5 rows of 7).



1993

1993 issue

Type 10, designed by ?, printed by ? on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 35 (5 rows of 7).



1994 - 1996

1994 issue

Type 11, designed by ?, printed by ? on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 35 (5 rows of 7).



1997 - 1998

1997 issue

Type 12, designed by ?, printed by ? on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 35 (5 rows of 7).



1999

1999 issue

Type 13, designed by ?, printed by ? on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 35 (5 rows of 7).



2000

2000 issue

Type 14, designed by ?, printed by ? on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 35 (5 rows of 7).



2001

2001 issue

Type 15, much whiter paper than previous blue versions, designed by ?, printed by ? on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of ? (? rows of ?).



2002 - 2003

2002 issue

Type 16, designed by ?, printed by ? on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 54 (6 rows of 9), the matrix was stripped away before issue. The sheet had different marginal inscriptions in 2003 but the individual stamps were indistinguishable.



2004

2004 issue

Type 17, designed by ?, printed by ? on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 54 (6 rows of 9). A distinct shade when compared with the 2002/3 issue & the sheet had no marginal inscriptions at all.



2005

2005 issue

Type 18, designed by ?, printed by ? on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 54 (6 rows of 9).



2006

2006 issue

Type 19, designed by ?, printed by ? on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 54 (6 rows of 9).



2007

2007 issue

Type 20, designed by ?, printed by ? on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 54 (6 rows of 9).



2008

2008 issue

Type 21, designed by ?, printed by ? on 32mm diameter self-adhesive labels in sheets of 54 (6 rows of 9). Undenominated, sold at 21p in 2008.



Cancellations

Edinburgh 1984 postmark

Type C1/P1 - used as cachet or postmark on ordinary mail and souvenir covers in 1984.

 


Edinburgh postmark

Type C2/P2 - used as cachet or postmark on ordinary mail and souvenir covers in 1986.

 


Edinburgh postmark

Type C3/P3 - used as cachet or postmark on ordinary mail in 1986.

 


Edinburgh postmark

Type C4/P4 - used as cachet or postmark on ordinary mail and souvenir covers in 1988.

 


Edinburgh postmark

Type C5/P5 - used as cachet or postmark on ordinary mail in 1997.

 


Edinburgh postmark

Type C6/P6 - used as cachet or postmark on ordinary mail in 1986.

 


Edinburgh postmark

Type C7/P7 - used as cachet or postmark on ordinary mail in 1998.

 


Edinburgh postmark

Type C8 - used as cachet on ordinary mail and souvenir covers in 1985 & 1987.

 


Edinburgh postmark

Type C9 - used as cachet on ordinary mail in 1986.

 


Unit-Specific Cancellations

102nd Collection mark (as X1a but blue) (as X1a but black) 102nd Collection mark 102nd Collection mark

Types X1a to X1e - used on ordinary mail.

 


102nd Delivery mark 102nd Delivery mark 102nd Delivery mark 102nd Delivery mark (as X2a but green)

Types X2a to X2e - used on ordinary mail.

 


87th Delivery mark

Type X3a - used on ordinary mail.

 


Statistics

Year 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Start None None None Dec 9 . Dec 1 Dec 4 Dec 12 Dec 10 Dec 4
Printed None None None 20,000 . . . . . .
Carried None None None 35,000 38,000 84,000 187,000 262,000 380,000 345,000
Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Start . . . . . . . . . .
Printed . . . . . . . . . .
Carried . . . . . . . . . .
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Start . . . . . . . . None None
Printed . . . . . . . . None None
Carried . . . . . . . . None None

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