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Portorozh Agreement for Reduced Postage Rates in Europe 1922-1939, Taxed after Reposting in South Africa in 1931 and German Practise for Indicating Postage Due from 1926.

This quarter we include the second part of a major article on the Portorozh Agreement, covering the period 1925-1939; an article featuring a 1931 commercial cover on the first Imperial Airways south bound flight on the Africa service correctly taxed because it was reposted late; and details of a 1926 German decree that changed the bureaucracy for recording and accounting postage due. Example illustrations from the articles are shown below. The full articles are available to members in our Journal. To become a member and see it please go to the Join Us link.

image The Postage Due Mail Study Group was formed at the start of 1997, and has brought together collectors and researchers all over the world. Current membership is 110 – with a quarter overseas.

The Study Group's scope is worldwide postage due mail - meaning anything posted without full prepayment, from the times when prepayment became usual, until the present day. The influence of the Universal Postal Union and the interchange of ideas amongst countries, together with the fact that insufficiently prepaid mail is a problem faced by all postal administrations make this a coherent subject. Themes include:

  • postage rates: UPU, concessionary (e.g. British Empire), domestic, local, etc
  • postal regulations affecting eligibility for certain rates, and breaches of them
  • tax and postage due calculation methods
  • postal markings of all kinds relating to postage due
  • procedures of all kinds for handling insufficiently prepaid mail
  • use and cancellation of adhesives in the collection of postage due

image The Group publishes an illustrated, quarterly A4 Journal in March, June, September and December of each year, 30 to 40 pages per issue. The main emphasis is on original articles of lasting value, at all levels of specialization. The subject matter reflects members' interests: items on aspects of British postage due mail appear in every issue, along with at least one article per issue on another country or topic. There is a strong commitment to material relating to the UPU, which has had relatively little exposure in philatelic circles and will be relevant to a large proportion of members, whatever their specialities. Tables of postage rates are often included. We also have regular columns for questions and answers, appeals for help by members undertaking specific research, and reviews of useful books or articles published elsewhere.

imageEach quarterly Journal is accompanied by a Newsletter, to keep members informed of relevant philatelic events, including forthcoming displays by members the Study Groups activities and plans, and so on.

We hold auctions from time to time and occasional local meetings.

The Group is willing to consider offering financial assistance to authors writing books on subjects which we study.