Perkins Bacon Great Britain Line-Engraved Postage Stamp Printing 1840-1846
Following the invention of paper, through to the delivery of the public label to the Post Offices throughout the United Kingdom, this publication provides an in depth understanding behind the ownership of Rush Mill and the delivery of paper supplies to Perkins Bacon.
The inclusion of previously unpublished archival material, in conjunction with records and letters, not only provides a greater understanding of the development of the Public Label, but together with the discovery of rotating night shifts has enabled a comprehensive interpretation of Perkins Bacon printing records, in turn leading to the possible resolution of various matters which have long perplexed philatelists.
By the discovery of Exchequer Bill printing, both the Postage Room security and working hours are uncovered. Edwin Hill’s notes on the security at Rush Mill, and gumming are also published.
The number of sheets printed by each printer, plate and press are stated and reconciled, both to the warranted paper supplied by the Warehousekeeper, but also to the impressions charged by Perkins Bacon to the Commissioners of the Stamps & Taxes Office.
Through analysis of the historical records a clearer understanding of both the 1844 building works and financial position of Perkins Bacon is presented.
The biographic details provide evidence of Jacob Perkins first potential meeting with Joshua Bacon, striking proofs of the ‘City Medal’ and Rowland Hill’s thumb print.