Australia 1946 5/10d Food Parcel label stamp FU. $A60[/centre]
Now 65 years old, and seldom seen these days.
MASSIVE margins on this rare embossed issue. A fine USED copy - far scarcer than the usually seen mint - by a factor of TEN to 1.
The end of World War II in 1945 saw Britain with many food items rationed. Friends and relatives in Australia sent gift food parcels once shipping became available.
Three weights of parcel were possible: up to 3lbs at 1/11d; up to 7lbs at 3/7d and up to 11lbs (about 5 kilos) at 5/10d.
Customs labels were required, and each postage rate required at least three stamps being used. Commercial food suppliers, acting as agents, found the procedure laborious and expensive.
The Myer Emporium of Melbourne, negotiated in 1946 to have dies of 3/7d in maroon, and 5/10d in deep blue produced, for embossing their labels. With pre-determined contents, customs labels were not required.
By late 1949 reduced demand no longer justified the embossing, and Myers reverted to using adhesive stamps, and then a meter machine.
Complete used 5/10d labels have got over $10,000 at public auction - and that was for a badly silverfish chewed one and re-backed! See below -
These parcel labels are of particular interest to those who use the Seven Seas albums, as there were places for these label cutouts - and this size is how they are traditionally collected here -
The BBC link to food rationing existed in the UK until 1954 might surprise many!
1946 5/10d Blue Myer Emporium Melbourne food Parcel Label: For anyone not aware of the history of these historic items, they are the rarest Australian post-war Postal Stationary items.
In the late 1940s (indeed until 1954) Britons were subject to rationing. Even as late as 1950 goods such as these were still rationed in the UK - canned and dried fruit, chocolate biscuits, treacle, syrup, jellies, soap, sugar - and of course much fresh produce like milk, butter and meat and of course petrol.
Australia was the bread basket of the "Motherland" for much of this produce, which was freely available in Australian stores. Rationed goods in England that transported well - such as canned and dried fruit, chocolate biscuits, treacle, syrup, jellies, soap, sugar were cheap to buy here, and of course greatly sought after in Britain.
At that time most Australians had a "British Connection" with relatives and immediate family in the old country. Indeed at this time the Australian population was almost entirely Anglo-Saxon.
An extensive "Food For Britain" campaign was mounted in the post-war years. The largest department store Myer was very active in selling these "ration busting hampers" packed full of local made goodies that would survive a long sea voyage.
The Post Office offered a special low cost concession reduced rate of 5/10d for 11 pound weight cartons of such goods. This was an INCREDIBLY low rate. A standard ½ oz airmail letter to the UK cost 1/6d - or more than 25% the cost of a heavy carton of food!
Myer approached the Post Office to produce gummed labels that had an impressed stamp on them, so as to identify sendings that attracted the new low postage rate. The Post Office did this, and as you can see the sideways 5/10d blue KGVI head stamp impression was exactly in line with that design used on pre-stamped envelopes, and Registered envelopes of the time.
The very thin gummed labels were licked onto parcels, sent by sea, and 2 or 3 months latter arrived in Britain, where the grateful recipients tore the parcels open in excitement and tossed away the outer brown paper outer wrapper.
The label looked like a common retailer packing label, and not a stamp in any way - just a meter imprint. They were wrong of course. The flimsy label was often damaged in the long sea transit, and even if some kid tried to peel it off the parcel for their collection, they always tore or thinned it etc, due to the very large size and strong gum.
Near all used copies I have ever seen offered have had small or thinning of foxing - this is far better than most These special 5/10d labels only lasted in use for 3 years (until 1949) hence their great scarcity today. Even mint or used "cut-outs" of the stamp area are scarce, and highly sought and collected.
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