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Come and meet us in 2021

  • COVID-19 caused us to curtail much of our 2020 programme. Apologies to all. Let us look forward to a brighter 2021! When we can confidently post a programme here we will do so. Venues listed below are subject to Government rules applicable at the time.

  • MidPex, Saturday July 3rd, Warwickshire Exhibition Centre. Meet us on our stand. [Map for location]
  • HAMPEX, Hampshire Federation Convention, Saturday September 25th, at Wickham, Hampshire, PO17 5AL

Current TPO Journal

The Spring 2021 Journal, number 351, has been mailed. The contents are listed below. The auction list is posted for 15th March and closing on 15th April 2021

Recent Website Updates

Le Havre: website showing Bureaux Ambulant (TPO) marks of Le Havre.

Birmingham Ship Letter Census by member Ian Baker has been updated as of February 2021. The list is linked from this page.

New Zealand TPO Checklist by member Anthony Nicholson has been updated for 2020.

The Catalogue of Hungarian TPO Marks has been updated by Lutz Ihnken. The link to Die Bahnpoststempel der ungarischen Post 1871-1945 is available on our Hungary TPO Catalogue page.

Read The Early Years of the H&K by member Ken Mitchell in our list of GSM articles.

Recent Publications 2021

At the printer: Paquebot Cancellations of the World - The 2020 ADDENDA by Mike Dovey containing a number of new additions to the listings. At 130+ pages it is packed with all the new information in the same format as the last book plus a section on Central America Transit marks, a section on USA Seaposts to supplement the last USA Seaposts book, and a full list of all the date extensions. Full ordering details here .

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.


Rare item posted at Hinton, New South Wales on 21st September 1864. This was stamped 'C R' in London on 16th November 1864, en route to Langholm, Dumfriesshire, via the Day Mail. Discussed in the Spring Journal 351.


The Spring 2021 edition of the TPO Journal is now available with the following content:

The Amsterdam-Antwerp Railway Line - Part 2 C R Marks of the Caledonian Railway Post Office
France - The Mail exchange apparatus in the Nineteenth Century The Bahnpostampt (BPA) / T.P.O. Offices of Germany
The Royal Train in South Africa 1925 Ultimo Hora and the French Sea Post Office
Germany - A Railway / Maritime wreck Postcard from South Africa Ship & Expedition Cancels on Admiral Richard E Byrd's First Two Antarctic Expeditions
Was this the shortest TPO journey in the USSR? SS Colleen Bawn - a New Cachet
New Zealand Railway Travelling Post Offices Cancellation Check List Cover with letter written on board HMS Retribution - at Sea in 1860
Catalogue of Hungary TPO Marks Early oval US SEA POST mark August 1893
Secretary's Notes Letters & Emails - Maritime
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