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(without typos) from the publisher. 1881. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... SECTION L (i) ESSAYS AND PROPOSALS SUBMITTED PRIOR TO 1840.
Charles Whiting. The late Mr. Charles Whiting, the eminent printer
of Beaufort House, in the Savoy, Strand, London, was one of the
first who made proposals to the Post-office authorities to reduce
the rates for the conveyance of printed matter, and for that
purpose to employ stamped envelopes, or " Go Frees." These were
proposed by him as an experiment, which, if successful, were to be
followed by applying them to written matter. Mr. Whiting married
the widow of Sir William Congreve, the inventor of the original
machines used at Somerset House for embossing in colour. Sir
William Congreve was also the patentee of a process of compound
plate printing, whereby impressions were struck off in two or more
colours at a single operation of the press, which was effected by
two or more plates fitting into each other with great exactness, so
as to form one complete design. Compound printing was extensively
known from the circumstance of its being employed in printing the
Government labels used for denoting the duties on patent medicines.
For some years these labels had been printed in two colours, the
second These must not be confounded with a trial obliterating
circular stamp in black, with 00 Free across the face, and Post
Office round the outer edge, on a plain engine-turned groundwork
resembling an ordinary office seal, the whole being enclosed in an
outer circle of dots. It is frequently found on the covers bearing
the name of Mr. Wyld, subsequently described. f Second Report of
Committee on Postage, 21st June, 1838. Questions 11,253-4. of which
was added to the stamp by passing it through the press a second
time. Work thus done always shows its origin, and has a tendency to
get out of "register," as it is...
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