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British Postal Stationery from 1971

The following catalogue lists decimal postal stationery from 1971 to roughly the end of 1999. The catalogue numbers used are my creation. More information can be found in the new book Collect British Postal Stationery by Alan Huggins and Colin Baker (2007). This is a simplified colour illustrated listing which I highly recommend, although lacking dates of issue (which I have included). Pre-decimal issues are also covered in more detail in the essential (but sadly, out of print) British Postal Stationery by Alan Huggins (1971). Both publications are published by the Great Britain Philatelic Society.

Bulletin refers to the British Philatelic Bulletin published by the Post Office.

I have divided the catalogue into the following categories:

1 Envelopes
2 Registered Envelopes
3 Lettercards & Postcards
4 Airletters
5 Miscellaneous Issues

Envelopes

CAT NO.

DATE OF ISSUE

 

VALUE

COLOUR

PHOS BANDS

SIZE S,L,M

DESCRIPTION

 

1

1971

15-Feb

2 p

Pink

1RB

S

embossed

 

1a

 

15-Feb

2 p

Pink

1RB

L

embossed

 

2

 

15-Feb

3p

Blue

2B

S

embossed

 

2a

 

15-Feb

3p

Blue

2B

L

embossed

 

2b

 

 

3p

Blue

2B

 

Grey Paper

 

3

1973

 

3p

Blue

1RB

 

flat print

 

3a

 

 

3p

Blue

1RB

 

flat print

 

4

1974

 

3 p

Olive

1RB

 

embossed

 

4a

 

 

3 p

Olive

1RB

 

embossed

 

5

 

 

4 p

Light Blue

2B

 

embossed

 

5a

 

 

4 p

Light Blue

2B

 

embossed

 

6

1975

 

5 p

Purple

1RB

S

flat print

 

6a

 

 

5 p

Purple

1RB

 

flat print

 

7

 

 

7p

Red Brown

2B

 

flat print

 

7a

 

 

7p

Red Brown

2B

L

flat print

 

8

1973

8 Oct ?

3 p + p

Blue

2B

S

 

 

8a

 

8 Oct ?

3 p + p

Blue

2B

 

 

 

9

 

 

6 p

Light Blue

1RB

S

 

 

9a

 

 

6 p

Light Blue

1RB

L

 

 

10

 

 

8 p

Green

2B

S

 

 

10a

 

 

8 p

Green

2B

L

 

 

11

1977

13-Jun

7p

Brown

1RB

S

 

 

11a

 

13-Jun

7p

Brown

1RB

L

 

 

12

 

13-Jun

9p

Dark Blue

2B

S

 

 

12a

 

13-Jun

9p

Dark Blue

2B

L

 

 

13

1979

12-Feb

9p

Dark Blue

2B

 

NPM Comm

 

14

 

09-Jul

9p

Dark Blue

2B

S

Postcode Added

 

14a

 

09-Jul

9p

Dark Blue

2B

L

Postcode Added

 

15

 

15-Aug

8p

Red

1RB

S

 

 

15a

 

15-Aug

8p

Red

1RB

L

 

 

16

 

15-Aug

10p

Orange

2B

S

 

 

16a

 

15-Aug

10p

Orange

2B

L

 

 

16b

 

14-Nov

10p

Orange

2B

L

New Size

 

17

1980

04-Feb

10p

Orange

1RB

M

 

 

17a

 

04-Feb

10p

Orange

1RB

L

 

 

18

 

04-Feb

12p

Green

2B

M

 

 

18a

 

04-Feb

12p

Green

2B

L

 

 

19

1981

26-Jan

11 p

 

1RB

M

 

 

19a

 

26-Jan

11 p

 

1RB

L

 

 

20

 

26-Jan

14 p

 

2B

M

 

 

20a

 

26-Jan

14 p

 

2B

L

 

 

21

1982

01-Feb

12 p

Light Green

1RB

M

 

 

21a

 

01-Feb

12 p

Light Green

1RB

L

 

 

22

 

01-Feb

15 p

Purple

2B

M

 

 

22a

 

01-Feb

15 p

Purple

2B

L

 

 

23

1983

22-Jun

NVI 2nd

 

1RB

L

Non Value

UK Postage paid up to ..

24

 

22-Jun

NVI 1st

 

2B

L

Non Value

UK Postage paid up to ..

25

1986

Aug ?

NVI 2nd

 

1RB

L

Revised Text

For use within the UK only..

26

 

Aug

NVI 1st

 

2B

L

Revised Text

For use within the UK only..

A27

1987

09-Mar

NVI (ILS1)

Blue

 

DL (S)

Swiftair

 

A27a

 

09-Mar

NVI (ILS1)

Blue

 

C5 (M)

Swiftair

 

A27b

 

09-Mar

NVI (ILS1)

Blue

 

C4 (L)

Swiftair

 

A27c

 

Sept ?

NVI (ILS1)

Blue

 

C5 (M)

Swiftair

Revised Text

A27d

 

Sept ?

NVI (ILS1)

Blue

 

C4 (L)

Swiftair

Revised Text

A28

1990

Sept

NVI ILS25

Multicoloured

 

Very L

Airpack - Europe

 

A28a

1993

 

NVI ILS25

Multicoloured

 

Very L

Airpack - Europe

Additional white space alongside PPI

A29

1990

Sept

NVI ILS25

Multicoloured

 

Very L

Airpack - World

 

A29a

1993

 

NVI ILS25

Multicoloured

 

Very L

Airpack - World

Additional white space alongside PPI

30

1991

30-Jul

NVI 2nd

Black Type A

 

DL (S)

Window Env.

See NOTE 1 Below

30a

 

30-Jul

NVI 2nd

Black Type A

 

C5 (M)

100g Limit

See NOTE 1 Below

30b

 

30-Jul

NVI 2nd

Black Type A

 

C4 (L)

 

See NOTE 1 Below

31

 

30-Jul

NVI 1st

Black Type A

 

DL

Window Env.

See NOTE 1 Below

31a

 

30-Jul

NVI 1st

Black Type A

 

C5

100g Limit

See NOTE 1 Below

31b

 

30-Jul

NVI 1st

Black Type A

 

C4

 

 

A32

 

?

NVI (ILS1)

Blue

 

DL (S)

Swiftair

Blue Airmail Label added

A32a

 

?

NVI (ILS1)

Blue

 

C5 (M)

Swiftair

Blue Airmail Label added

A32b

 

?

NVI (ILS1)

Blue

 

DL (S)

Swiftair

Blue Airmail Label added

33

1992

27-Oct

NVI 2nd

Bk,R & Yell

 

C5 (M)

Mail Pack

 

33a

 

27-Oct

NVI 2nd

Bk,R & Yell

 

C4 (L)

Mail Pack

 

34

 

27-Oct

NVI 1st

Bk,R & Yell

 

C5

Mail Pack

 

34a

 

27-Oct

NVI 1st

Bk,R & Yell

 

C4

Mail Pack

 

35

1993

Sept

NVI 2nd

Black Type B

 

DL (S)

NO window

See NOTE 1 Below

35a

 

?

NVI 2nd

Black Type B

 

DL (S)

Window Env.

See NOTE 1 Below

35b

 

Sept

NVI 2nd

Black Type B

 

C4 (L)

 

See NOTE 1 Below

36

 

Sept

NVI 1st

Black Type B

 

DL

NO window

See NOTE 1 Below

36a

 

?

NVI 1st

Black Type B

 

DL

Window Env.

See NOTE 1 Below

36b

 

Sept

NVI 1st

Black Type B

 

C4

 

See NOTE 1 Below

37

1994

15-Feb

NVI 2nd

Black Type B

 

C5 (M)

60g Weight Limit

White Laid Paper, same as 23/24

38

 

15-Feb

NVI 1st

Black Type B

 

C5

60g Weight Limit

White Laid Paper, same as 23/24

A39

 

 

NVI EXP1

Blue

 

DL (S)

Swiftpack

Bar coded on reverse

A40

 

 

NVI EXP1

Blue

 

C5 (M)

Swiftpack

Bar coded on reverse

A41

 

 

NVI EXP1

Blue

 

C4 (L)

Swiftpack

Bar coded on reverse

A41a

1995

Jan

NVI EXP1

Blue

 

C4 (L)

Swiftpack

2 Peel off barcodes - See Mar 95 Bulletin

A42

1994

Dec

NVI EXP1

Blue

 

DL (S)

Swiftpack-Plastic

 

A42a

1995

Jan

NVI EXP1

Blue

 

DL (S)

Swiftpack-Plastic

2 Peel off barcodes - See Mar 95 Bulletin

A43

1994

Dec

NVI EXP1

Blue

 

C5 (M)

Swiftpack-Plastic

 

A43a

1995

Jan

NVI EXP1

Blue

 

C5 (M)

Swiftpack-Plastic

2 Peel off barcodes - See Mar 95 Bulletin

A44

1995

Jan

NVI EXP1

Blue

 

C3(VL)

Swiftpack-Plastic Europe

 

A44a

 

Jan

NVI EXP1

Blue

 

C3(VL)

Swiftpack-Plastic World

 

45

 

July

NVI 2nd

Green

 

DL (S)

 

 

45a

 

July

NVI 2nd

Green

 

DL (S)

Window

 

45b

 

July

NVI 2nd

Green

 

C5 (M)

60g Weight Limit

 

45c

 

July

NVI 2nd

Green

 

C5 (M)

100g Limit

 

45d

 

July

NVI 2nd

Green

 

C4 (L)

 

 

46

 

July

NVI 1st

Blue

 

DL (S)

 

 

46a

 

July

NVI 1st

Blue

 

DL (S)

Window

 

46b

 

July

NVI 1st

Blue

 

C5 (M)

60g Weight Limit

 

46c

 

July

NVI 1st

Blue

 

C5 (M)

100g Limit

 

46d

 

July

NVI 1st

Blue

 

C4 (L)

 

 

A47

1996

Dec ?

NVI ILS25

Multicoloured

 

C4 (L)

Airpack

Snowman

A48

 

Dec ?

NVI ILS25

Multicoloured

 

C4 (L)

Airpack

Tulip

A49

 

Dec ?

NVI ILS25

Multicoloured

 

C3 (VL)

Airpack

Tartan

A50

 

Dec ?

NVI ILS25

Multicoloured

 

C3 (VL)

Airpack

Xmas Tree

A51

1997

Oct

NVI

Multicoloured

 

C4 (L)

Airpack - Europe

Bird Logo

A52

 

Oct

NVI

Multicoloured

 

C4 (L)

Airpack - World

Bird Logo

A53

 

Oct

NVI

Multicoloured

 

C3 (VL)

Airpack - Europe

Bird Logo

A54

 

Oct

NVI

Multicoloured

 

C3 (VL)

Airpack - World

Bird Logo

A55

 

Oct

NVI

Multicoloured

 

DL (S)

Swiftpack

New Design

A56

 

Oct

NVI

Multicoloured

 

C5 (M)

Swiftpack

New Design

A57

 

Oct

NVI

Multicoloured

 

C4 (L)

Swiftpack - Europe

New Design

A58

 

Oct

NVI

Multicoloured

 

C4 (L)

Swiftpack - World

New Design

59

2001

06-Nov

1st

Multicoloured

 

 

Snowman

Xmas Robin "Stamp"

60

 

06-Nov

1st

Multicoloured

 

 

as 59 Pre-addressed to Santa

Xmas Robin "Stamp"

60a

 

06-Nov

1st

Multicoloured

 

 

Santa Fun Pack

Includes above 2 Envelopes + Other Things

A61

2002

Summer

NVI

Multicoloured

 

DL (S)

As A61

See NOTE 2 Below

A62

 

Summer

NVI

Multicoloured

 

C5 (M)

As A62

See NOTE 2 Below

A63

 

Summer

NVI

Multicoloured

 

C4 (L)

As A63

See NOTE 2 Below

A64

 

Summer

NVI

Multicoloured

 

C4 (L)

As A64

See NOTE 2 Below

NOTE 1: See Philatelic Bulletin Jul 91 & Aug 93 for possible paper changes and Gibbons Stamp Monthly Feb 94 for type differences.

NOTE 2: Bar Code Label is Red instead of Blue. Also with added small "Consignia" Label.

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