10p Vending Machine Booklets.


The second in the series of British Pillar Boxes, illustrating the 'Giant' type of 1856, was issued on June 1st 1971 and contained the same stamps as the February edition. The caption was omitted from the front cover as it was considered unneccessary because of the descriptive notes inside the cover.
As well as the pillar box the illustrations showed the contemporary dress fashion of the time.
Number printed 1,205,690.

British Pillar Boxes No. 2.
The cover drawing shows one of three 'giant' pillar boxes made in error by a Birmingham firm in 1856. The original specification was for a box about five feet six inches high with, apparently, a slightly rounded top; this was misunderstood and the makers gave the box a high dome embellished with a large crown. Only three boxes were made before the mistake was noticed and the fancy top was omitted from later models.

This design was also used for the August 1971 issue (actual date of issue 14/7/71) of which 1,880,700 were printed. The stamp layouts were altered without previous announcement and in this and subsequent editions the stamps were arranged se-tenant horizontally instead of vertically. The thinking behind this was that, because of the style of the booklet, it would be easier to remove the two stamps side by side rather than top to bottom.

Also the ½p stamps came from a new master negative with thicker and bolder type.

Cylinders used were — ½p B13, 2p B6, 1p B5 and 1½p B6.

The third in the series illustrated the Standard type for urban areas 1857-59 and was used for the October 1971 issue (actually issued 27/8/71) — 2,605,490 printed and the December 1971 issue (6/10/71) — 4,056,320 printed.

In the December 1971 issue the paper was changed to Fluorescent coated paper (FCP).

British Pillar Boxes No. 3.
The cover drawing shows one of three surviving pillar boxes built in the period 1857-1859. Designed by the Department of Science and Art for use in London and other principal cities its ornamentation included a rose, a daffodil, a thistle and a shamrock — the emblems of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. A compass tile was let into the dome of the roof.

The fourth illustration was of the Penfold type of 1866-79, which was used for the February 1972 issue (8/12/71) — 2,084,720 printed and the April 1972 issue (24/2/72) — 2,743,200 printed.

British Pillar Boxes No. 4.
The cover drawing shows the elegant 'Penfold' design of pillar box of the period 1866-79. These hexagonal pillar boxes bore representations of the Royal Arms and were surmounted by a decorative roof with a leaf design. Examples of this and other boxes of similar design can still be seen in Britain and as far distant as the West Indies, Pakistan and New Zealand.

Illustration number five was of the Double aperture type of 1899 and was used for the June 1972 issue (12/4/72) — 2,675,520 printed and the August 1972 issue (8/6/72) — 2,515,660 printed.

British Pillar Boxes No. 5.
The cover drawing shows a large capacity pillar box, first introduced in the City of London in 1899 and extended to provincial cities in 1905. These oval boxes were designed for use in busy commercial districts of large cities. Separate posting apertures for 'Town' and 'Country' letters speeded the sorting process. Most of the prototypes of 1899 can still be seen in the City.

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