GB Strike Post 1971: Local Scooter Mail (Southport).

There are two styles of Local Scooter Mail (Southport) railway interest in 1971 Strike Post. Firstly, covers bearing markings or stamps or labels related to items being handled by British Railways. These are covered in the main Strike Post article. (link at foot of this page).

The second style is the use of Swiss Poster stamps and this is a bespoke work-in-progress webpage just for these stamps. The Interlaken Railway Company (Switzerland) issued 24 publicity labels (poster stamps) in four sheetlets/6, many relating to ski-ing; a fair number of these poster stamps show trains, and a number of them must, curiously, have been available to this postal operator in Southport, Lancashire.

These poster stamps were used for franking purposes, the value of postage paid being shown on the stamps in a variety of ways, as will be evident on inspection of the scans below.

Note: Check boxes are not provided in this section, since most or quite possibly all items are unique combinations of label and value.
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Firstly, here are the four sheetlets of six stamps which make up the set of 24 Jungfrau poster stamps that were the source material. The sheets are numbered 1-4 in the top right corners.

Scooter Mail Source Jungfrau Reklamemarken

Scooter Mail Source Jungfrau Cinderella

Scooter Mail Source Jungfrau Vignettes

Scooter Mail Source Jungfrau Poster Stamps

The following have railway interest:
Sheet 1 : #3, #6
Sheet 2 : #1, #3, #5
Sheet 3 : #1, #2, #3 (distant station, train, tracks), #5
Sheet 4 : #6 (small funicular)

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Any of these stamps could exist variously overprinted with any of 15 or more face values, either sd or Decimal. However, it seems certain, given the numbers of stamps and covers reputedly produced, that nothing like all the combinations of stamp and manuscript values could have occurred; indeed, only tiny numbers of each poster stamp and each face value are known - and many have not yet been reported at all. Therefore, any collection can only hope to have a representative selection from this postal service.

The Clive Smith catalogue quotes the known (to him) face values (sd from 2/- up to 8/6 and Decimal from 10p up to 58p) as well as a couple of unsurcharged uses. We have made a start at trying to illustrate a selection of these stamps (and covers) but we need your help to do make a much more thorough resource of this page; please, if you have any of these, stamps or covers, send us scans.

The illustrations are divided into two sections :

A. Stamps and Covers bearing Swiss label stamps with manuscript value in sd
B. Stamps and Covers bearing Swiss label stamps with manuscript value in p

Within these sections, images will be grouped in ascending order of face value of the manuscript surcharge. Shillings are written on the stamps thus /= , for example 3/= (3 shillings)

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SECTION A

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Old Currency Surcharges ( s d ) :

2/= stamps

Scooter Mail 2/=

Scooter Mail 2/=

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3/= stamps

Scooter Mail 3/= #1

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4/= stamps

Scooter Mail 4/= #1

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5/= stamps

No scan available

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6/= stamps

Scooter Mail 6/= #1

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7/6 stamps

No scan available

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8/6 stamps

No scan available

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SECTION B

10p stamps

No scan available

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20p stamps

Scooter Mail 20p #1

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25p stamps

No scan available

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30p stamps

No scan available

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38p stamps

No scan available

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50p stamps

Scooter Mail 50p #1

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58p stamps

No scan available

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Another appeal please to help us to improve this page. We would like to include a scan of every known stamp and cover bearing these Jungfrau stamps on 1971 Strike Mail. Obviously, this is an ambition which is very unlikely to be achieved, and in any case unprovable, but please do share anything you have so that everyone can benefit. Please send us scans of anything you have and we shall add it to this page.
Scanning quality around 300 dpi (dots per inch), or approximately 12 dots/mm, is a sensible balance between quality and file size.
Please let us know if you would like us to publish your name as being the source of anything provided, or whether you prefer to remain anonymous.

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