Instructional Mark 1887

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A ½d prepaid newspaper wrapper issued in 1879 and used 9 November 1887. The five lines of instruction are quite clear as to how these wrappers were to be used, but the contents must have contained more than printed papers. An instructional mark has been applied “Of the nature of a letter” with the office number 264 beneath. Double the deficiency of ½d (1d) has been applied, which would have been collected by the postman when the item was delivered. Printed papers in 1887 could be sent at ½d, but the minimum charge for letters was 1d. People often tried to send letters at the lower rate, but not all got away with it.