Chalmers Treasury winner (1839)

Following the publication of Rowland Hill’s Post Office Reform: Its Importance and Practicability pamphlet in 1837, the Treasury invited the public to submit ideas in a competition ‘as to the best manner in which the stamp may be practically adopted. There were some 2,600 entries, including illustrations of envelopes, wafer seals and adhesive labels to prepay the postage. Prizes were awarded to five entrants including Henry Cole.

James Chalmers, a bookseller from Dundee, was one of the competition entrants and this is one of his designs to prepay postage, cancelled by a Dundee datestamp.