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1912 1d Wilkinson Post Machine

1912 1d Wilkinson Post Machine
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1912 1d Wilkinson Post Machine

25th January 1912 Wilkinson Penny Post Machine Experiment. Good condition cover with both the red 1d London EC Postage Paid & London EC time dated CDS postmarks, plus a neat cachet address. Catalogued at £350 by Booth.

This machine was the forerunner of meter mail having been invented by Mr F.Wilkinson and placed on trial at the General Post Office at King Edward Street, London from January 25th. In the three months up to April 24th, a total of 8491 letters were postmarked, with daily numbers varying from a peak of 1060 on the first day to just 21 on 5th April. By the middle of March, daily usage was rarely over 50 letters. The trial was stopped on August 31st and the GPO did not proceed with any further trials.

The machine operated by customers inserting a 1d coin, putting the letter in a special opening and then turning the handle twice. This would apply the special Postage Paid postmark and drop it into a sealed compartment. A postal clerk would then retrieve the mail at daily intervals and apply a time-dated CDS postmark.

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