Large - 1 points to R
Small - 1 points to space between R &
There are two different settings
of the ¼d handstamp. In the above examples the
one from Mangrove Bay is different fom the rest. The figure 1 of ¼ points to
the centre of R, in all the rest the 1 points to the space between R
and M; as shown in the enlarged copies.
All the items shown above are addressed to Bowie. They are considered to be Cancelled to Order (CTO) / philatelic.
COMMERCIALLY USED WRAPPERS
This item is commercially addressed and therefore considered to be a genuine commercially used newspaper wrapper. The majority of the known commercially used wrappers are addressed in a similar manner
Commercially used items are valued 4 or 5 times that of CTOs
Similar items with a ¾d handstamp exist with all the above mentioned postmarks.
All these items exist with violet handstamps and with black handstamps.
BERMUDA NEWSPAPER WRAPPERS - BIBLIOGRAPHY
Bright & Son’s Catalogue Part II, Postcards Envelopes Wrappers, 1914
Grosser Ganzsachen-Katalog, by Dr Siegfried Ascher, 1928
1950 Provisional Newspaper Wrapper, by E D Bowie, in Stamp Magazine, 10 May 1952
Higgins & Gage World Postal Stationery Catalogue, 1966/1990
The Encyclopædia of British Empire Postage Stamps Vol V North America, Robson Lowe, 1973
The Postal History and Stamps of Bermuda, by M H Ludington, 1978
1950 Provisional Newspaper Wrapper, in Bermuda Post, Issue Number 8, August 1988, Bermuda Collectors Society
Commander Eric David Bowie RN, by David Horry, in the British Caribbean Philatelic Journal No 258, January 2016
"Postal Stationery Newspaper Wrapper Catalogue"
, by Jan Kosniowski, published June 2019
Bermuda did not produce many newspaper wrappers and so only occupies just two and a half pages in this mammoth 1258 pages, three volume catalogue