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Come and meet us in 2024

Look out for next year's venue list tba.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Not only are we here to meet members and new faces but we bring items to sell: covers and books to satisfy a wide variety of collecting interests. Make sure you stop by our table.

Current TPO Journal

The Winter 2023 Journal, number 362, has been mailed. The contents are listed below. The Winter 2023/4 auction closes on the 14th January 2024.

Publications 2024

United Fruit Co. by Mike Dovey and Ken Bottoms. See details on our publications page.

Recent Publications 2023

The Travelling Post Offices of Uruguay Addendum to the second edition by Jay Walmsley is now available as a download from our publications page.

History of the Eastern Railway Construction and Expansion (Forgotten Journey) Volume I by Dominic Wicks rediscovers the lost railway lines of Prussia (the "Ostbahn") and the locomotives that operated on them. It also contains information about some of the little-known railway mail postmarks from the period 1848 to 1945. See details and a review on our publications page.

British Long Distance Mail Packets Volume 2, The Harwich Packets 1816-1834, by Colin Tabeart is a detailed study of Harwich packets based on original research from newspapers of the time. This book aims to show how packet mails between the United Kingdom and northern Europe travelled during the final years of the sailing packets era, and how such letters were rated. See the flyer on our publications page.

Recent Website Updates

Member Jay Walmsley has provided her research into TPOs of Brazil as a free download available on our Resources page entitled "The Travelling Post Offices of Brazil - A Personal Record".

Keith Morris has provided an update on the TPOs of Ceylon

Frank Scheer discusses RPOs in Virginia, USA on the Resources page.

The Library List has been updated.

A manuscript listing voyages between the UK and South Africa between 1850 and 1893 has been added to the Resources page here.

Mike Dovey has written some interesting articles about Mail to South Africa which have been published in Gibbons Stamp Monthly.

Visit our Research Resources Page

Research and Survey / Census projects carried out by our members and articles of note published elsewhere by our members. Click to go to our Research Resources Page.


A seasonal card illustrated here with printed at top right 'ON BOARD THE CUNARD R.M.S. BERENGARIA' WITH A FINE ENGRAVING OF THE STEAMER OPPOSITE. It bears a 1½d George V cancelled by a Cherbourg Manche / 25 Dec 1929. It also shows a straight line PAQUEBOT (H419) alongside in black, addressed to Darlington.


The Winter 2023 edition of the TPO Journal is now available with the following content:

Brazil - An Addition to The Society's Downloads Suriname - "FERRIJ DIENST"
Submarine Covers Telling a Story - 2 USA - Key West & Fort Pierce RPO Over the Sea
The Postal History of SS Great Britain - an Introductory Overview - 1 Ireland - TPO Stock
The Transatlantic Freight Money Period 1838-1848 - 1 Hull Sorting Carriage - New Index
Posted out of course to Germany in 1900 via Verviers - Cologne Bahnpost Accident at Ecclefechan
USA - The first Highway Post Office Lincoln Sorting Carriage
Book Review Winter on Shap
Letters & Emails - Railway
Next Auction Copy and Publishing dates for the Journal

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