Transatlantic Post Office

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Jeremy Lee

Jun 12, 2003
Being a keen philatelist as well, I have collected numerous postcards from the WSL and Cunard that were posted on board the vessel. The postcards that were posted on board usually had a PAQUEBOT cancel with the name of the last port of call. However, I have noticed that on 1912 Olympic and Titanic lettercards and postcards, the stamps were cancelled by a Transatlantic Post Office cancel which I have never seen on the market for the other liners, and those that I have seen all costs a bomb due to the fact that they were posted on board the Olympic in April 1912 or the Titanic.

Can anyone clarify this? Were the Transatlantic Post Office cancellation used only for this two liners, or for this short period of time in 1912?

I can't seem to upload the picture of the cancellation......

rob scott

May 4, 2004
Sorry to butt in, but I am no philatelist, but:
I love a good internet challenge, so maybe a couple things in this novice search can start you on your way:
(there appears to be a 1979 booklet on the Transatlantic post office)
HOSKING - 1987 Paquebot Cancellations of the World, second edition, and 1979 The Transatlantic Post Office, booklet. ROBERTSON - 1953 The Ship Letter Stamps of Liverpool, pamphlet. DRESCHEL - 1980 The Paquebot Marks of Africa, the Mediterranean Countries and their Islands, p/b. (4 items) ...
... at the: (cavendish auctions):

also see:
Southampton, England to Columbus, Ohio 1907. Scott 128 tied to upper right corner of photo card of the R.M.S. Majestic by black BRITISH SEA POST OFFICE SOUTHAMPTON JY 10 1907 CDS and paying the proper 1d post card rate to the U.S. According to Alan W. Robertson (A History of Ship Letters of the British Isles) this cancel (M.1) was used by ships of the White Star Line from 1907 to 1908 at which time it was replace by a circular datestamp worded "Transatlantic Post Office" with no port name. Whitney #317 with catalog value of 80 pounds. $150.00
SS-221. Transatlantic Post Office/5, 1911, G+ CDS (part on stamp; o/s; uneven toned) on PPC. E$20

so you can see it was used at least in 1908 and 1911 ... probably 'at sea' as opposed to 'in port' in Southampton.
It's no complete answer, hey I knew nothing of this stuff five minutes ago, but it's a set of hints, clues for you stamp/cancel mystery adventure
(heck we all need an adventure once in a while)
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