Postal Stationery

1880 Bermuda Post Card Stationery Foreign RateOfficial stationery items

Postal stationery refers to items such as postal card, air letter, registered envelope or wrapper with an imprinted stamp or inscription indicating that a specific rate of postage or related service has been prepaid. It does not include any postcard without a pre-affixed or pre-printed stamp. Postal stationery is handled similarly to postage stamps; sold from post offices either at the face value of the printed postage or with a surcharge covering the additional cost of the stationery.

Postal Cards

Postal Cards have an imprinted or pre-affixed stamp and sold by the Bermuda Post Office. Bermuda Postal Cards include regular single cards and attached message-reply cards. Postcards do not have prepaid franking and are available at commercial outlets and not referred to as Postal Stationery.

Air Letters

An Air Letter or aerogramme consists of a blank sheet of paper with folding instructions and adhesive flaps to form an envelope. Air Letters have prepaid postage at either the international airmail letter rate or at a special lower aerogramme rate. Air Letters are lightweight to suit air mail and do not allow enclosures.

Registered envelopes

A strong envelope with an imprinted stamp sold only for use with the registered mail service. Bermuda Registered Envelopes are marked Registered Letter.


Wrappers are for sending newspapers or periodicals, generally a rectangular pieces of paper with gum to seal it on one end and an indicium on it. By 1870, the form was that of a rectangle with the narrow side rounded and gummed at the top. Due to the wrapper usually being ripped off the wrapped newspaper, untorn used wrappers are reasonably scarce. Wrappers with the original newspaper contents are even scarcer and due to the large size of wrappers, mint copies are usually sold folded or creased.

Letter Cards

A letter card almost has the advantages of a postal card as far as weight and size, but also the advantage of privacy of contents.It is a double card, folded over, with gum or adhesive applied to the three open edges. It is then opened by the recipient by tearing perforations on the three sides that are on the message side of the gum.The gummed strip around the card is then discarded, giving rise to the problems collectors have in finding intact used cards. Bermuda Letter Cards are not official and usually stationery from cruise ships.

  • Air Letters

    Lightweight for air mail The air letter or aerogram, aérogramme, aerogramme is made from a lightweight paper and as is the usual case, the Bermuda Post Office issue them prepaid. The Universal Postal Union adopted the term aérogramme, the French word for air letter, during the 1951–52 13th Postal Union Congress held in Brussels and […]
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  • Wrappers

    Paying the cost of newspaper delivery A wrapper is a form of postal stationery which pays the cost of the delivery of a newspaper or a periodical. The wrapper is a sheet of paper, large enough to wrap around a folded or rolled newspaper and with an imprinted stamp to pay the cost of postage.
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    Registered Envelopes

    Sending registered mail A registered envelope is a form of postal stationery consisting of a strong envelope with an imprinted stamp used for sending registered mail. The envelopes include a perpendicular blue cross and an R in a circle symbol, both internationally recognised symbols of registered mail. The imprinted stamp on the flap shows the […]
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  • Postal Cards

    Bermuda Postal Cards Various offical Postal Cards issued by the Bermuda Post Office. Reference numbers are from Higgins and Gage Bermuda Revised 1976. Post Cards Queen Victoria 1880 1880 – #1 HALF PENNY Inland Rate Post Cards carmine on light blue Setting A (U above comma), Setting B (U above A) and Setting C (U above […]
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