Railway stamps may be divided into three classes, namely, Newspaper, Parcels, and Letter. The newspaper stamps were the first to make their appearance, for as far back as July, 1855, five companies adopted the use of these labels
This article originally appeared in the "New Zealand Stamp Collector", the official journal of the Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand. It is republished by kind permission of the Society.
For many years philatelists have been puzzled by these overprints, who produced them, and the circumstances which led to their production. The solution was thought to be provided in articles published in the philatelic press in the 1980s...