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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.

Charles Knight is considered to be the first person to propose the use of 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: " 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]

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 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 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 (if you can get one!).

Just like stamps there are many varieties to be found amongst wrappers, some of these have never been listed. Wrapper come with different  watermarks, different shades, there are error 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 Prices in this catalogue are very much outdated.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.

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 catalogue will have about 700 pages in total and it is expected to be published  late 2013.

Front Cover of Newspaper Wrappers



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


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

WORLD - Bibliography of Newspaper Wrappers from around the World

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

ALGERIA - Algeria Newspaper Wrappers

AUSTRIA - Precanceled Austrian Wrappers - by Michael Hynes

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

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

ARGENTINA - Argentina Newspaper Wreppers

BELGIUM - Specimen Newspaper Wrappers from Belgium

BERMUDA - Bermuda 1950 Newspaper Wrappers

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

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

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

FRANCE - French Colonies Specimen Newspaper Wrappers

FRANCE - Maury Newspaper Wrapper

GB - Great Britain Newspaper Wrappers

GB - Printed to Private Order GB Newspaper Wrappers

GB - Questions about Newspaper Wrappers in Parliament

GB - Edinburgh Newspaper Branch (NPB)

GB - W H Smith Newspaper Wrappers

GB - Mystery W H Smith Newspaper Wrapper

GB - Cut-outs used on newspaper wrappers

GB - PTPO wrappers from 84 Allerford Road

GB - Victor Marsh PTPO newspaper wrappers

GB - A Postmark Mystery

GERMANY - Wurttemberg Printed to Private Order Newspaper Wrapper

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

GRENADA - Grenada Newspaper Wrapper with Specimen Overprint

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

RUSSIA - Russian Post Offices in China - Newspaper Wrappers

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

SUDAN - Sudan Newspaper Wrappers

SWAZILAND - South Africa newspaper wrapper used in Swaziland

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

VICTORIA - PTPO Newspaper Wrappers from Victoria Austalia

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

Jan Kosniowski - 

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