W. H. SMITH & SON Wrappers

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W. H. SMITH & SON Wrappers

Post by CemilB »

Hi All,

I wonder whether anybody collects W. H. SMITH & SON wrappers. I noticed something some time ago, but never quite got to look at it more carefully (yet). Front and back (or, maybe inside & outside) of one of the wrappers:
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Then, I looked at this one:
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When I held it up to the light, I saw this:
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So, it looks to me like that was the way the folks at W. H. SMITH were segregating the wrappers to be used for particular publications. I have a couple more examples, but have not yet gone methodically through my other examples.

Was there ever a study of these? How were these wrappers manufactured and then used in the supply chain? Has there been a list of publications handled by W. H. SMITH? Are there any references to this?

I would appreciate any information you might have.

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Re: W. H. SMITH & SON Wrappers

Post by johnhbarker@btinternet.com »

Hello all,
Jan Kosniowski lists the WHSmith wrappers in Volume 3 of his 'Postal Stationery Newspaper Wrapper Catalogue - see the review in the PSSJ #91.
For a look at the use of postal wrappers covering many of the markings, printed, manuscript etc refer to John Courtis' 'Analysis of Worldwide Postal Wrappers, 2 volumes, reviewed in PSSJ #100. WH Smith distributed newspapers, magazines etc in vast numbers by post and it would seem that matching newspapers with their appropriate wrapper was essential to efficient working.
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