Stamp Community Family of Web Sites
Thousands of stamps, consistently graded, competitively priced and hundreds of in-depth blog posts to read
Stamp Community Forum
Save Password
Forgot your Password?

This page may contain links that result in small commissions to keep this free site up and running.
Welcome Guest! Need help? Got a question? Inherit some stamps?
Our stamp forum is completely free! Register Now!

Tasmanian Pictorial Letter Cards - A Tutorial

To participate in the forum you must log in or register.
Author Previous TopicReplies: 0 / Views: 187Next Topic  
Pillar Of The Community
865 Posts
Posted 11/07/2022   03:57 am  Show Profile Check 64idgaf's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add 64idgaf to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
The main reference for this thread is 'Tasmanian Postal Stationery', Groom and Shatten, TPS Hobart, 2021. Text in italics are direct quotes from the book. All images are from my collection which is for sale.

The Tasmanian Tourist Association was formed in 1893. It focused on promoting the natural beauty of Tasmania, with strong support from noted photographers John Watt Beattie and Stephen Spurling.


Between 1898 and 1911 the Tasmanian Post Office issued several sets of letter cards at the letter rate of 2d. A collection of standard issues would consist of fifty different letter cards. This would comprise two letter cards bearing the 2d Sideface design and eight sets of six designs featuring the 2d Pictorial design and scenery around Tasmania, the major mines operating around 1901 and a series of Tasmanian lakes and mountains. The latter series can be found in five different colours, not all of which have ben seen on every card. There is a possibility of up to ninety-two face different letter cards in total. Many of these letter cards are scarce or rare. In 1911 when the uniform letter rate of 1d was introduced the lakes and mountains series were overprinted ONE PENNY at differing angles. The first overprinting used up remaining letter cards held in stock at Post Offices while the second overprinting at a different angle was applied to stocks held in Melbourne that were yet to be distributed. The letter card design adopted for the Tasmanian letter cards was employed by Commonwealth Printer J.B. Cooke in the production of the Australian Commonwealth letter cards from 1911 until 1925.

This thread will not focus on the Sideface letter card, just the Pictorial series.

The cards detailed here are summarised as follows:

LC2A: 2d pictorial indicium (same design and size as the 2d violet stamp issued in 1899), six differing Tasmanian scenes. 31,020 cards were printed (5,170 of each design). The card stock was blue, the scenes black and the indicium and text in slate-violet (a second issue, explained below was in reddish-violet).

The six designs were:

Cataract Gorge, Launceston
Entrance Island, Macquarie Harbour
Great Lake (A Fisherman's Paradise)
Lake Hartz
River Derwent, New Norfolk

They were printed in London in January, 1900, the earliest recorded date of use is April, 1900.

This unused set is for sale at $AUD200 or your local equivalent. Local prices as much as $AUD650 for these.
Send note to Staff

  Previous TopicReplies: 0 / Views: 187Next Topic  
To participate in the forum you must log in or register.

Go to Top of Page
Disclaimer: While a tremendous amount of effort goes into ensuring the accuracy of the information contained in this site, Stamp Community assumes no liability for errors. Copyright 2005 - 2023 Stamp Community Family - All rights reserved worldwide. Use of any images or content on this website without prior written permission of Stamp Community or the original lender is strictly prohibited.
Privacy Policy / Terms of Use    Advertise Here
Stamp Community Forum © 2007 - 2023 Stamp Community Forums
It took 0.12 seconds to lick this stamp. Powered By: Snitz Forums 2000 Version 3.4.05