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While the denominations of stamps of the jubilee issues are, for the most part, attributable to the commonly used postage charges, the extent of possible legitimate rates might surprise some. Add to this a rate change part way through the year in question, as in the case of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika, and the possibilities expand bewilderingly.


As far as Silver Jubilee covers are concerned, some of these rates were only available for a matter of weeks. Thanks to the extensive collection of Nick Levinge, we can illustrate most examples.


Ignoring those rates under 20c, (the lowest Jubilee denomination), there are still some gaps – perhaps you might be able to fill them?




1st oz inland; also for the empire such as this to Southern Rhodesia

Airmail postcard rate to several destinations – and many more from July

1st oz foreign rate and some airmail postcard rates, including this one to the UK




Inland airmail rate per ½ oz; this one to Tanga  bears the Feeder Service handstamp

Another airmail postcard rate to numerous destinations

Airmail rates for some postcards & ½ oz letters to Sudan, Belgian Congo &, as here, to S. Rhodesia




Reflecting the July onwards airmail rate per ½ oz is this one to UK, tied by Kericho 6 Se 35 cds

½ oz letters to Portuguese East Africa via Salisbury and, from July, various other destinations

Numerous airmail destinations but this cover achieved the rate by registering a cover to Finland




In the few weeks till July, this was the airmail rate per ½ oz to UK & Eire. From then, just to Canada

Here used to uprate the July 50c UK rate by 20c to cover the Feeder Service

Continental European destinations by airmail are represented by this cover to Czechoslovakia




Air letter to Iraq or Persia but for this rate is a pre-July air cover to UK, uprated for the  Feeder Service

½ oz letters to India or Ceylon by air via Karachi

Air letter to India via Bombay but for this rate we have a double weight cover to Johannesburg




Air letter to Burma but for this rate Nick has a registered cover to Denmark, (75c + 30c)

Postcard to Columbia by air to London and from the USA, but this cover remains a mystery

Air letter to the Belgian Congo –air Broken Hill to Elizabethville




Air letter to Algeria, Morocco, but Nick’s example is a double weight cover to London

½ lb air parcel to N Rhodesia but the rate also covers this registered airmail cover to Amsterdam

Air letter ½ oz to the Malaya & Siam but also a pre-July double weight one to UK, as here




Air letter to China & Japan and, in this case, a double weight one to USA, (air to London)

An inland parcel (1-3lb) or one by air to S Rhodesia (per ½ lb). Or this double weight air cover to Germany

Air letter to the Dutch East Indies




With 30c registration & 1/35 for airmail (to London & in USA), this has 20c x7 SJ's on its reverse

Double weight registered letter to India, air to Karachi and within India

Double weight registered airmail letter to Germany




Airmail to the South Pacific including New Zealand and, in this case, Australia

Tripple weight airmail letter to UK at the pre-July rate, (65c x3)

½ lb air parcel to South Africa but this appears to be a quadruple July air rate cover to UK



Perhaps this November cover weighed nearly 3 oz (50c + 20c times 6)!

This list is by no means exhaustive of possible rate combinations. Might you be able to add a scan to the list?


AJA – September 2019



Some previous articles are available as PDF's by clicking their titles below:


    "Beware Old Certificates" - A question of backdating by Ralph Riddell-Carre

    "Cards with wings" - The cost of prioritising the humble postcard

    "Land of Springs" - Some postmarks of Jamaica

    "The Great 1935 Quetta earthquake disaster" - The effect on postal services by Neil Donen

    "Silver Jubilee Myths - Morocco Agencies first day cover" - An examination by Nick Levinge

    "Flight from Malta" - A look at the airmail rates and routes from the island

    "Bridging Barbados" - The postmarks of Barbados

    "Madame Joseph Forgeries - an Update" - A follow-up to Chris Georgallis's article on Cyprus forgeries

    "Argentinian interference with mail from the Falkland Islands" - by Ralph Riddell-Carre

    “Ceylon Circuit" - Some postmarks of Ceylon

    "Variety Values" - Bruce Davies's campaign to secure values for used examples of varieties

    "Fragmented Fiji" - Some postmarks of Fiji

    "Absentee Rupee" - The Mauritius 1 rupee as a stranger to postal rates

    "Postal Usage of the Egypt Seal" - Nick Levinge looks at the Crowned Circles of the forces bases

    "Over Fifty Shades" - Something wrong with the colour?

    "Ghana Guide" - Some postmarks of Gold Coast

    "Vanuatu Voyage?- A look at Hong Kong used in New Hebrides

    Surfing the Solomon Sea” - The few operating post offices in the Solomon Islands

    “Security Punch” - A look at the Jubilee’s perfins by Jeff Turnbull

    “Morocco Now and Then” - A tour of the British post offices in Morocco

    “Fault lines of the Falklands” - Part two of Ralph Riddell-Carre’s analysis

    “Straddling the Straits” - Some postmarks of the Straits Settlements

    “Set and Match” - Can full set covers be non-philatelic?

    “Boating around The Bahamas” - Some postmarks of The Bahamas

    “Serial Salutes” - Some of the Silver Jubilee’s own anniversaries

    “Mauritius Meanderings” - Some postmarks of Mauritius

    “A Cat among the Penguins” - A suspect Falklands cancel

    “Cycling Cyprus” - Some postmarks of Cyprus

    “Scars of Conflict” - How the Jubilees were affected by war

    “Bech Trek” - Some postmarks of Bechuanaland Protectorate

    “Specimen Specifics” - A look at the various uses of the word SPECIMEN

    “Hong Kong Hike” - Some postmarks of Hong Kong

    “Aden Funnel” - Covers from and through Aden

    “Grenada Guide” - Some postmarks of Grenada

    “In The Frame” - A look at some frame plate flaws

    “Basuto Byways” - Some postmarks of Basutoland

    “Cyprus Cypher” - Chris Georgallis examines the colony’s Madame Joseph forged postmarks

    “Trinidad Tour” - Some postmarks of Trinidad & Tobago

    “Commercial Ceylon” - A look at the perfins of the colony

    “Guiana Panorama” - Some less common British Guiana postmarks

    “Where were they then?” - From the more recent stamp-issuing territories

    “Cautious Mauritius” - A variety of Mauritius perfins

    “Madame Joseph’s Masquerades” - Some examples of forged first day covers

    “Tag Wrestling” - A look at the higher postal rates through parcel labels

    “AR” - An article on Avis de Reception by David Handelman

    “The Fleury Flair” - Hugo Fleury’s designs for the Jubilee

    “Split the Difference” - Some occurrences of bisects among the Jubilees

    “Specimen Fundamentals” - Notes on U.P.U. requirements & some forged examples

    “Windsor Spoofs” - Gerald King’s alternative Jubilees

    “Puncturing Oz” - Some speculations about Australian perfins

    “Perforating the Silver Jubilee Stamps”- An article on GB by Harvey Russell

    “Nauru’s Split Personality”  - Split “B” variety on the 2d value?

    “In Camel’s Clothing” - The Egyptian seal’s booklet

    “Rural Disservice” - The Cyprus low value forgeries

    “Canadian Precancels” - The only precancel involvement with the Jubilee

    “Phoenix-like Sphinx” - Some notes about the Egyptian seal

    “Fag Tax” - Observations on South West Africa’s cigarette duty overprints

    “From the collection of...” - Jubilee items from some illustrious collectors

    “Prize-less Specimens” - Beware of forged specimen stamps

    “Dubious Jubilees” - Spoofs, parodies and bogus overprints