I wish I would have found the whole wrapper, but this is still cool to me. It is a piece of a newspaper wrapper from the 1880s with a half penny stamp. I'm not sure about the cancel.... it looks like someone might have colored on it with a crayon.
I don't collect Australia, but I'm keeping this for now just because I like it
Well I don't know much about them since I have never been a big collector of these, but this is what I do know. Newspaper wrappers are sheets of paper big enough to go around a rolled up newspaper. It has an imprinted stamp to cover the delivery postage. You will usually find these as cut squares because collectors would just cut off the stamp and trash the rest... so full wrappers are rarer. I've seen in some catalogs these listed as wrappers and postal bands... same thing.
I also believe that the US first started using newspaper wrappers in the 1860s and then quit in the 1930s. Some other countries continued using up till the 1980s, with Australia being 1 of them.
If anyone has any of these in their collection or more good information on them, please share.
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