The Travelling Post Offices are an area of special interest
to me, and are the subject of several research projects
I am working on. I am most interested in hearing from
anyone who may have information to contribute to any of
the following studies and unresolved questions. Anonymity
will be assured in all cases.
1. I am attempting to construct a census of all known
covers with Victoria TPO markings. If you have any,
I’d be delighted to add these to the census.
Contributors will be provided copies of the census
from time to time for their personal research purposes.
2. As well, I am attempting to construct a statistical
model of the relative scarcity of the various TPO
strikes, and their usage on various stamp denominations
and issues. Once again, if you have a holding of TPO
postmarks, I would like to incorporate this information
into the database.
3. I have not found evidence of any TPO markings on
any postage due stamps, nor on any covers that have
postage due stamps, or postage due references. I find
this intriguing and would like to hear from anyone
that can provide an example, if one should exist?
4. The handstamps were replaced regularly during the
life of each TPO, but no official documents survive,
if they ever existed, to indicate the dates when stamps
were replaced. The periods of usage of each handstamp
has been derived exclusively from observation of dated
examples. The earliest and latest observed dates have
been published various times over the decades, but
the reference copies used to establish these dates
have not been photographed or recorded for posterity.
I am attempting to re-establish the best early and
late dates of usage that can be backed by physical
evidence. Early and late dates have been provided
for each postmark illustrated. The dates given by
Purves (1979) have a (P) after the date. Dates given
by other sources which cannot be verified with physical
evidence have a (*) after the date. Dates which can
be verified by the author have no qualifier after
the date. If you can better any of the early or late
dates shown, I would like to know about it.
5. As in most areas of Victoria, there are often more
new puzzles than answers to existing questions. If
you encounter a postmark that cannot be identified,
or a cover that defies interpretation, or any other
puzzle relating to the Victoria TPOs, please share
it. The observations of collectors, like yourself,
are the means to expanding our knowledge in this field.
If you have information to share, or have questions
relating to the TPOs please [ Contact
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