Cutouts by Herbert Edgar Weston
another, not so obvious, cover from Weston with Stockwell postmark,
2 x ½d cut out from stamped to order postal stationery, handwritten address in Weston's own handwriting
producing covers from Tristan da Cunha was one of Weston's favourite area,
he sent out parcels of stamped envelopes, to the island, to be franked and posted back to him,
and then he sold the covers to collectors.
Philatelic items, the work of Herbert Edgar Weston, of 386 Brixton Road, London, appear on the philatelic market from time to time. Weston was perhaps unique in that he used cut outs from stamped to order postal stationery as opposed to regular Post Office issue postal stationery.
In an article, in Gibbons Stamp
(March 2003), Peter van Gelder concludes that H Edgar Weston was in
a pseudonym used by stamp dealer Victor Marsh. He states that the
Brixton Road, was that of a stamp shop, from about 1915 till the late
owned by Victor Marsh. In actual fact it is a complete reverse
of this - Weston used Victor Marsh as a trading name.
In "Victor Marsh's List of Philatelic Periodicals", circa 1913, the address is given as 389 (not 386) Brixton Road.
Peter van Gelder states that similar covers are also know addressed
to Victor Marsh (JPS 804) at 13 Sion Road, Twickenham, Middlesex as
1956. I have items addressed to Victor Marsh, Miss M F Weston and Mrs
Marion M Weston all at this same address as
late as October 1959. (see Victor Marsh
ptpo newspaper wrappers).
The British Philatelic Trust
lists Victor Marsh as a dealer in philatelic literature, in their "Who
Was Who in British Philately", and states that he purchased many
philatelic libraries, including those of Eaton, Heide, van Rooij,
Moens. It does not have a listing for H Edgar Weston.
Following all these purchases Victor Marsh claimed that he had the largest stock of philatelic literature for sale in the world.
In "Biographies of Philatelists and Dealers,
(pages 991 and 1510) Brian Birch states that Victor Marsh was a pseudonym used by H Edgar Weston.
rare non-philatelic item addressed to H Edgar Weston.
A search on the internet produced the following references to Edgar Weston
Cavendish Auctions Lot 1150 in
25 April 2002, reads
Cavendish Auctions Lot 1369 in
16 May 2001, reads
Cavendish Auctions Lot 3097
631, 25 October 2002
Harmers Auction 4708, Lot
POSTAL AUCTION No.91 8th MAY 2007
Herbert Edgar Weston
During the same period another
Oswald Marsh, with a business based in Norwood SE19 was also
out cards and covers with postal stationery cut-outs. Oswald Marsh is
to have been at Norwood from 1905 till 1939. All the covers are franked
with cut-outs from regular Post Office issue postal stationery.
1940 cover to USA with 3 x 1½ d postal stationery cut outs
H L'Estrange Ewen cut outs
This newspaper wrapper has been stamped with a cut-out and is postmarked at Norwood on 1 December 1911. It would appear that it contained a philatelic publication and was sent out by Ewen's Ltd of Norwood SE.
H L'Estrange Ewen produced a booklet "The Unadhesive Postage Stamps of the the UK" in 1905 in which he mentions Oswald Marsh. Unadhesive in this instance means postal stationery cut-outs. H L'Estrange Ewen was also involved in producing other philatelic publications.
Here is an example of a cutout
from a newspaper
wrapper used on a post card in 1905 by a Stamp Dealer, I J
of 9 Albert Square, Manchester, in which there is a reference to "Cut
out came safely to hand".
Postal Stationery Cutouts Used on Covers
Stationery Cutouts by Larry Rosenblum