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Newspaper Wrappers


Charles Knight is considered to be the first person to propose the use of stamped newspaper wrappers. The proposal was made by him in 1834 in a letter to Lord Althorp, Chancellor of the Exchequer. The matter was mentioned during a debate in the House of Commons on 22 May 1834.  Matthew Davenport Hill MP, brother of Sir Rowland Hill, was advocating a payment of a penny for a newspaper sent by post and stated: "...to put an end to any objections that might be made as to the difficulty of collecting the money, he would adopt the suggestion of a person well qualified to give an opinion on the subject (he alluded to Mr Knight, the publisher). That gentleman recommended that a stamped wrapper should be prepared for such newspapers as it was desired to send by post, and that each wrapper should be sold at the rate of 1d by the distributors of stamps..." [Hansard Report, 22 May 1834]

On 8 October 1855 the Board of the Inland Revenue announced that they “…are now prepared to receive paper to be delivered at the Head Office, Somerset House, London, for the purpose of being impressed with Stamps for denoting the several rates of postage…” And so it became possible for publishers to obtain Stamped to Order newspaper wrapper in Great Britain from this time.

Nestle, Andreae & Co, used 1859 to Switzerland
An example of a Stamped to Order newspaper wrapper produced for Nestle, Andreae & Co in 1858 (17 11 58)
and used to Switzerland in 1859.


In 1861 the United States of America was the first country to produce newspaper wrappers for sale at a Post Office to the general public. A 1c newspaper rate was introduced on 27 February 1861. The actual date of when this wrapper was first issued is unknown.

USA 1861 newspaper wrapper produced by George F Nesbitt & Co
USA 1861 newspaper wrapper produced by George F Nesbitt & Co.
The design depicts Benjamin Franklin, the first Postmaster-General of the United States.


Newspaper Wrappers are perhaps the least popular of philatelic items amongst collectors. At one time there was a practice of collecting a cut out of the imprinted stamp from the newspaper wrapper. This practice has now generally fallen out of favour and newspaper wrappers are now collected intact. Because of this past practice there are many newspaper wrappers which are now rare or even unique as complete wrappers and some wrappers are rare even as cut outs.

Except in instances of where the wrapper or variety is rare, newspaper wrappers should always be collected in an undamaged intact condition. Used items will invariably be folded and sealed. Unused wrapper have in most instances been folded, when buying mint items check that the fold has not damaged the wrapper. An unfolded wrapper will always command a higher price when being sold (that is if you can get one!).

Just like stamps there are many varieties to be found amongst wrappers, some of these have never been listed. This is an area of philately where finding rare and unique items is possible today. Wrapper come with different watermarks, different shades of paper, different shades of colour, there are errors in printing of various kind, proofs and specimens.

The Higgins & Gage World Postal Stationery Catalog, which was last published in the 1970's is the only single source listing newspaper wrappers issued by postal authorities. Prices in this catalogue are very much outdated. There are a number specialised single country catalogues which list newspaper wrappers. These are from the more popular countries. Many countries have no current listing in any catalogue.


NEW CATALOGUE

I have now almost completed the process of compiling a world wide catalogue of postal stationery "Newspaper Wrappers" showing a colour illustration of all wrappers. The two volume catalogue will have over 900 pages in total and it is expected to be published late 2015.

Front Cover of Newspaper Wrappers

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Specialist Societies for collectors of Newspaper Wrapper

The Postal Stationery Society (UK)
SECRETARY: Colin Baker, 4 Greenhill Gardens, Sutton Veny, Warminster, Wilts BA12 7AY

United Postal Stationery Society (USA)
UPSS Central Office, PO Box 1792, Norfolk, VA 23501

The Postal Stationery Society of Australia (Australia)
SECRETARY: PO Box 16, Ulmarra NSW 2462


Links to pages about Newspaper Wrappers

WORLD - First Issue Dates of Newspaper Wrappers from around the World - Stamp Domain

WORLD - Bibliography of Newspaper Wrappers from around the World - Stamp Domain

ADEN - Indian Newspaper Wrapper used in Aden - by Jerone Hart

ALGERIA - Algeria Newspaper Wrappers - Stamp Domain

AUSTRIA - Precanceled Austrian Wrappers - by Michael Hynes

AUSTRIA - Printed to Private Order Newspaper Wrappers for Polizei Direktion in Wien - Stamp Domain

AUSTRIA - Printed to Private Order Newspaper Wrappers for Ars Medici in Wien - Stamp Domain

ARGENTINA - Argentina Newspaper Wreppers - Stamp Domain

BELGIUM - Specimen Newspaper Wrappers from Belgium - Stamp Domain

BERMUDA - Bermuda 1950 Newspaper Wrappers - Stamp Domain

BRITISH BECHUANALAND - Story of Newspaper Wrappers used in the British Bechuanalands - by Peter Thy

BRITISH BECHUANALAND - The Overprinted ½d British Newspaper Wrapper - by Peter Thy and John Inglefield-Watson

BRITISH BECHUANALAND - Forged British Bechuanaland Newspaper Wrappers - by Peter Thy and John Inglefield-Watson

CANADA - Postal Stationery Newspaper Wrappers & Post Bands from Canada - Stamp Domain

DENMARK - Danish Postal wrappers 1872 - 1946 - Danish newspaper wrappers from the gold medal collection by Knud-Erik Andersen

DENMARK - Wrappers - by Lars Engelbrecht

DENMARK - Registered Wrappers to Brazil and Argentina  - by Henrik Mourtisen

DENMARK + - Wrappers  - by Svend, showing an unlisted Danish 2sk wrapper

EGYPT - Egyptian Newspaper Wrappers - Stamp Domain

FRANCE - Bandes pour Journaux et Imprimés - by André Hurtré (in French)

FRANCE - French Colonies Specimen Newspaper Wrappers - Stamp Domain

FRANCE - Maury Newspaper Wrapper - Stamp Domain

GB - Great Britain Newspaper Wrappers - Stamp Domain

GB - Printed to Private Order GB Newspaper Wrappers - Stamp Domain

GB - Questions about Newspaper Wrappers in Parliament - Stamp Domain

GB - Edinburgh Newspaper Branch (NPB) - Stamp Domain

GB - W H Smith Newspaper Wrappers - Stamp Domain

GB - Mystery W H Smith Newspaper Wrapper - Stamp Domain

GB - Cut-outs used on newspaper wrappers - Stamp Domain

GB - PTPO wrappers from 84 Allerford Road - Stamp Domain

GB - Victor Marsh PTPO newspaper wrappers - Stamp Domain

GB - A Postmark Mystery

GERMANY - Wurttemberg Printed to Private Order Newspaper Wrapper - Stamp Domain

GERMANY - Berlin Private Post - Printed to Private Order Newspaper Wrapper - Stamp Domain

GRENADA - Grenada Newspaper Wrapper with Specimen Overprint - Stamp Domain

GUATEMALA - 1875 Liberty Head - The ¼ Real Newspaper Wrappers - by Abraham Luspo

GUATEMALA - 1890 Large Numeral 2c Newspaper Wrapper - by Abraham Luspo

GUATEMALA - 1897 Exposicion Centro-Americana 6c Exterior Newspaper Wrapper - by Abraham Luspo

MEXICO The 1899-1905 Eagle issue dies - The 1c green - by Steven Phillips Whitcombe

MEXICO The 1899-1905 Eagle issue dies - The 1c purple - by Steven Phillips Whitcombe

MEXICO The 1899-1905 Eagle issue dies - The 2c red - by Steven Phillips Whitcombe

MEXICO The 2-centavo Aztec Calendar Stone dies - by Steven Phillips Whitcombe

MONACO -  Charles III 1c Newspaper Wrappers - by Jacques Hontebeyrie (in French)

MONACO -  Charles III 2c Newspaper Wrappers - by Jacques Hontebeyrie (in French)

MONACO -  Louis II 15c Newspaper Wrappers - by Jacques Hontebeyrie (in French)

MONACO -  Louis II 20c Newspaper Wrappers - by Jacques Hontebeyrie (in French)

MONTENEGRO - Postal Stationery Newspaper Wrappers  from Montenegro - Stamp Domain

RUSSIA - Russian Post Offices in China - Newspaper Wrappers - Stamp Domain

SALVADOR - 1890 Allegory of El Salvador page 1 - by Abraham Luspo

SALVADOR - 1890 Allegory of El Salvador page 2 - by Abraham Luspo

SALVADOR - 1892 Christopher Columbus - by Abraham Luspo

SALVADOR - 1893 General Carlos Ezeta - by Abraham Luspo

SALVADOR - 1894 Goddess of Liberty - by Abraham Luspo

SALVADOR - 1895 Coat of Arms - by Abraham Luspo

SALVADOR - 1897 General Gutierrez - by Abraham Luspo

SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Faulding's Medical Journal Wrapper - by Maurice Mishkel

SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Printing Differences on South Australia Newspaper Wrappers - by John K Courtis

SOUTH WEST AFRICA - South Africa Newspaper Wrappers used in South West Africa - Stamp Domain

SUDAN - Sudan Newspaper Wrappers - Stamp Domain

SWAZILAND - South Africa newspaper wrapper used in Swaziland - Stamp Domain

TASMANIA - Tasmania’s Embossed Platypus used as Postage: Stamp Duty? or Curiosity? or Postal Stationery? - by David McNamee

TASMANIA - Printed to Private Order Newspaper Wrapper for the Tasmanian Mail - by Maurice Mishkel

UNITED STATES - Advertising on Wrappers - by Allen Mintz

UNITED STATES - Posted from the Top of a Mountain! - "The Pike’s Peak News" newspaper wrapper - Stamp Domain

UNITED STATES - Franklin Hanford & a Mystery Fraternity Symbol on a Newspaper Wrapper - Stamp Domain

VICTORIA - PTPO Newspaper Wrappers from Victoria Austalia - Stamp Domain

Please let me know of any other relevant webpages you may know about which are not listed on this page, so I may include them.

Russian Post Offices in China, used in Hankow
Newspaper wrapper, Russia 2k green overprinted Kitaj in red, with additional franking 2 x 1k orange with blue overprint Kitaj; Russian Post Offices in China, postmaked Khan'kou (Hankow) on 30.08.1906.