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Come and meet us in 2017

We will be at the following venues in 2017: SWINPEX, Stafford, and MidPex

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 Summer 2017 Journal, number 336, is being mailed. The contents are listed below. The auction list is posted for 15th June closing 15th July, 2017. The Cumulative Journal Index has been updated for 2016: go to the index page. The Journal DVD has been updated and is now available containing Volumes 1 to 70 (1947-2016). Details here.

New Publications

  • Members Keith Morris and Mike Dovey have published "The Travelling Post Office Cancellations of Great Britain & Ireland". Click for ordering details.
  • Member Colin Tabeart has published his "Robertson Revisited Second Supplement 2016" as an online down load available here. It is now also available in A4 print format, see Publications Page.

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 this page.

A new catalogue of Ocean Letters is being prepared by member Otto Kjærgaard. Review draft chapters here and add your input.


Paddle steamer 'Dutchess of Fife'

Picture postcard written on board the Paddle Steamer "Dutchess of Fife" with a newly discovered ship cachet "CALEDONIAN STEAM PACKET COMPANY LIMITED / P.S. DUTCHESS of FIFE", discussed in the Summer Journal.


The Summer 2017 edition of the TPO Journal is now available with the following content:

New British Pleasure Steamer Cachet Discovery India Railway Mail Service: Letterboxes back on Three Trains
The Paddle Steamers "Cobra" - followup A Pony-back Mobile Post Office in India
Steam-boats between London and Rotterdam 1822-1823 - 1 Crewe to Liverpool Sorting Carriage
Q&A - Ship Letter charges in transit through the UK 1877 - 2 Carlisle & Ayr Sorting Tender (W757)
Malayan River MPO Liechtenstein Mobile Post Office
A Cover with an Invalid Stamp and A Non-Postal Cancel Romania - Russia - Germany - Poland - Czechoslovakia
Crewe - Peterborough TPO - Two-Tier Postage London & Exeter Railway Post Office Seal
Tram Post in the UK The Lincoln Sorting Tender
Missent to Bangor / RPO Down-Mail Cigarette Cards - a TPO Collecting Side-Line?
Introduction to the GB accountancy marks of the 1848 Anglo-American Postal Treaty - Part 1
Letters & Emails - Maritime Next Auction
Realisations from past auctions are now listed only on our Auction Page
Our Library Notes include recently received Journals from related societies such as Berichte Bahnpost (Journal of the Federal TPO Study Group (in German), received every 6 months; Railway Philately (Journal of The Railway Philatelic Group); Transit Postmark Collector (Journal of the Mobile Post Office Society); British Postmark Society Journal (Journal of the British Postmark Society); and Friends of the M30272M Group. The TPO & Seapost Society is a supporting member of the Friends of the M30272M Group and receives their occasional newsletter “Wansford Mail”, back copies of which are available from the Library. Railway Mail Service Library by Frank Scheer details of the repairs and improvements to the Library and Museum buildings in the former Norfolk & Western RR station at Boyce, Virginia. Details can be found at Also see our Links page.
Copy and Publishing dates for the Journal

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