1¢ Rate

The 1¢ rate was charged for printed matter to the United Kingdom.
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A copy of WLS-P09 Type I used from Hamilton, Ontario by Florence M. Bell on August 12, with a Hamilton Flag “A” cancel. The card was mailed to Bastia, France, and bears a 1¢ QV Numeral stamp. Note that the pre-printed text “Private Post Card” has been struck through and handwritten text “Printed Matter” added to avoid the additional 1¢ of postage that this destination would otherwise require.

2¢ Rate

The 2¢ rate was charged for illustrated private postcards to the United Kingdom commencing in January 1899. Prior to that time, the 5¢ rate applied.
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A copy of J.C. Wilson WLS-P02 Type I

Mailed from Montreal on February 14, 1898 to Montrose, Scotland with a 2¢ Small Queen stamp.

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Above, a near immaculate copy of a J.C. Wilson WLS-P02 Type II P-7

Mailed from Berlin, Ontario on June 17, 1899 to Bern, Switzerland with receiving cancel dated June 29, 1899. Mailed a 2¢ Map Stamp, catalogue no. 86.

This variety, with no printer’s imprint and a Stamp Box type 13 (uncoloured “Private” and “Post Card” and omitted “Stamp Here”) was unknown to Henry Gates, and is designated here as WLS-003 P-7. A scarce destination for a J.C. Wilson patriotic on an uncommon variety, with a scarce stamp.

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This J.C. Wilson patriotic was used from Niagara Falls, Ontario to Herr Consul Heinze, Nicaragua German Consulate, Central America on July 25, 1900, arriving on August 18, with a double oval Corinto receiving cancellation.

Founded in 1863, modern day Corinto has a population of 17,000. Located on the northwest Pacific coast of Nicaragua, it was a railroad terminus and is Nicaragua's largest Pacific port. On May 2, 1896 U.S. Marines land in Corinto to protect U.S. interests in an ongoing series of military interventions that began in 1853.

The card, WLS-003 P-3, bears a 2¢ QV Numeral stamp, and is written on the back in German. This is a rare J.C. Wilson destination.
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This WLS-P02 Type II card has been posted December 21, 1901 with a 2¢ Jubilee stamp mailed from Saint John N.B. to Liverpool, England with a Liverpool Packet Boat cancel dated January 2. The image has been altered slightly in the area of the Packet Boat cancel in order to enhance legibility of the scarce Packet Boat cancel on a J.C. Wilson patriotic.
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Above, WLS-P02 Type II P-3, postmarked Dec 20, 1900, mailed to England with four ½¢ Queen Victoria "Numeral Issue" stamps, catalogue no. 74
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Above, J.C. Wilson patriotic postcard WLS-004 P-2, postally used from Chatham, Ontario January 30, 1899 with Chatham CDS cancel on a 2¢ Map stamp to Master E. Pratt, 89 Stafford Street, Timaru, New Zealand, from his cousin Mary.

Below, the back of the card showing a Vancouver February 6 split circle transit cancel and a Timaru receiving cancel dated March 7, 1899.

The postcard is a third card in a series to New Zealand bearing Map stamps, all to the same address, by the same sender, sent on the same date. The other two cards are illustrated as Figs. 250 & 251 in A Canadian Postal History 1897–1911 by George B. Arfken & William S. Pawluk.

From The Hugh Westgate 1898 Map Stamp Collection, ex. Beverlie Clark (1998), Fred Fawn (2007).
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This WLS-P03 Rule Britannia postcard bears a 2¢ Map stamp, no. 86b, the deep blue variety. R.B. Winmill’s 1982 book “The Evolution of Imperial Penny Postage and Postal History of the Canadian 1898 Map Stamp” discusses this postal issue in detail and provides a number of examples of the Map Stamp used on J. C. WIlson patriotics.

J.C. Wilson patriotics are less commonly found used from western Canada.
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This WLS-P03 Rule Britannia postcard bears a 2¢ Map stamp, no. 86, mailed from Quebec to Seine, France, where it was received with a Montrouge receiving cancel.
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WLS-P05 P-1 — Overseas Use

This example of a WLS-P05 P-1 card showing 7 red bars in the shield The card illustrates the use of a 2¢ Map stamp cancelled with a Victoria BC squared circle dated April 28, 1899. The card was mailed to Rotterdam Holland, and has a Rotterdam receiver.

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Above, J.C. Wilson’s Anglo-Saxon design WLS-007 P-1, postmarked with a Niag’a Falls & London Ry.P.O. cancellation dated June 18, 1900 with a 2¢ QV Numeral stamp paying the 2¢ UPU rate to Pochuta, Guatemala.

The card received a Hamilton Type 8 Flag “B” cancellation dated June 19, and, on the reverse, a New Orleans transit stamp dated June 22 before arriving in Guatemala on July 12.

On the reverse of the card, hand dated June 18, 1900, a Queen’s Park Bazaar advertisement has been printed, showing a view of Niagara Falls and the text:

Queen’s Park Bazaar
Zybach & Co., Proprietors.
Niagara Falls, Ont., .................. 189

When at Niagara Falls don’t fail to descend by elevator to Table
Rock and go behind the Great Horseshoe Falls, Canadian side.
Elevator, Dress and Guide, only 50 Cents.

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Above, J.C. Wilson WLS-P06 Type I “Anglo-Saxon” design variation P-3 postmarked July 12, 1901 to Scotland with postage due markings.
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This copy of a J.C. Wilson WLS-P06 Type I “Anglo-Saxon” design patriotic postcard has been mailed from Windsor, Ontario on October 26, 1900 to Cape Town, South Africa, with two 1¢ QV Numeral stamps.
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Above, J.C. Wilson WLS-009 P-3 postally used July 4, 1900 with a duplex cancel from Winnipeg to Hertford, England paying the UPU postcard rate with a 2¢ QV Numeral no. 77.

J.C. Wilson patriotics are quite scarce postally used from Manitoba
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Above, J.C. Wilson patriotic postcard WLS-P07 Type I variety P-1 “What We’ll Have We’ll Hold” design showing 1898 imprint date, postally used from Montreal with a Montreal flag cancel dated September 1, 1899 on a 2¢ QV Numeral mailed to Kinross, Scotland.
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This copy of WLS-P08 Type I, variety P-1, was postally used from Paris, Ontario to England on August 6, 1900.
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A copy of WLS-P09 Type I used from Montreal on February 24, 1901 to Castres, France, with a Castres postmark dated March 1, 1901. The card bears a 2¢ QV Numeral stamp.
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Above, J.C. Wilson WLS-P09 Type I postcard, P-1 variety, postally used April 17, 1902 with a duplex cancel from Vancouver to E. Hutchinson Esq, Box 595, Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands paying the UPU postcard rate with a pair of 1¢ QV Numeral no. 76

A scarce destination, with an interesting note on the reverse, along with the May 7, 1902 Honolulu receiver cancellation. The note states:

Vancouver B.C.
17 Apr/02
Canada is getting ready another
contingent for South Africa. If there’s
any patriotic Britishers in Honolulu
they had better come here and join.
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Above, a used copy of the WLS-P13 Well Done patriotic postcard, mailed from Windsor, Ontario October 15, 1901, with a Hamilton transit cancellation the same day, to Wiltshire, England.

3¢ Rate

A 3¢ rate was paid by the following postcards.
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Above, Gates’ P-1 postmarked April 6, 1899, with 3¢ Queen Victoria Numeral #78 to Belgium. Written to a Belgian architect, the card back contains an extensive discussion of Montreal architecture.
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Above, WLS-P06 Type I “Anglo-Saxon” design variation P-1, with a 3¢ Jubilee stamp, postmarked St. John, NB, Dec 19 1901, with a SON CDS cancel, to Liverpool, England.

5¢ Rate

The 5¢ U.P.U. letter rate per half ounce was charged for postcards to Germany and Britain as illustrated private postcards could not be sent at a postcard rate at that time. Underpaid items were stamped “T” for “Taxe”.
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WLS-P01 Type I — ex. Larry Paige

This example of a WLS-P01 Type I card shows the use of a 5¢ Jubilee stamp cancelled with a Montreal Flag cancel dated July 26, 1897. The card was mailed to T. Wm. Wilson, 176 Mance, City. The card has a MT JY 26 97 cancel next to the handwritten text “Please leave stamp on this card”. The 5¢ postage was beyond the 1¢ that was required to deliver the card, but appears to have been sent by a stamp collector interested in the new Jubilee issue.

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A P-2 version of the card. This particular card was mailed from Niagara Falls, Ontario, August 15, 1899, to Germany, and has a Hamilton transit stamp the same day, and a Randegg, Germany receiver August 30th. The card bears a pair of QV Numeral 1899 2¢ Provisionals, no. 88, and a QV single 1¢, no. 75. The 2¢ provisionals have an ERD of July 31, 1899, just over two weeks before this card was mailed.

The card was overprinted for business use by Hotel La Fayette Bazaar, F. LeBlond, Proprietor. The message on the card is written in German.
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Above, WLS-004 P-2 with postage due marking, postmarked Montreal September 23, 1898 with flag cancellation with receiving stamp Droyssig (Germany) October 5, 1898.
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Above, J.C. Wilson’s Anglo-Saxon design WLS-007 P-1, postmarked Montreal with a Flag cancel dated August 2, 1898, to Master Ralph Saunder, “Ardvarne”, Lad al muiq (?), Surrey, England.

The card bears a 5¢ Small Queen stamp, no. 42, paying the 5¢ rate that applied to illustrated private postcards to the UK prior to the establishment of the Imperial Penny Postage rate in January 1899, when the cost dropped to 2¢.
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Above, J.C. Wilson’s Anglo-Saxon design WLS-P06 Type I “Anglo-Saxon” design variation P-2, postmarked Niagara Falls, Ontario to Ingatestone, Essex, England with a Hamilton, Ontario August 11 transit cancel, arriving August 21, 1898 in England with a Ingatestone receiver. Ingatestone is an old Saxon town, currently with a population of about 4,500, located 32 km. northeast of London.

The card bears a 3¢ and two 1¢ QV Numeral stamps, paying the 5¢ rate that applied to illustrated private postcards to the UK prior to the establishment of the Imperial Penny Postage rate in January 1899, when the cost dropped to 2¢.
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Above, J.C. Wilson patriotic postcard WLS-P06 Type I “Anglo-Saxon” design variation P-1.

Postally used July 9, 1898 with a Montreal Flag cancel from Montreal to Mr. Hugh A. Allan, Westcliffe, 20 Victoria Road, Upper Norwood S.E., London, England. This postcard was deficient in paying the 5¢ rate then required prior to the introduction of Imperial Penny Postage in December of 1898. Postage was short paid by a 2¢ QV Numeral no. 77. As a result, the card was postmarked with a “T” in a circle stamp for “Taxe” and 3D F.B. stamp, indicating a deficiency of 3 pence (Foreign Branch) was due.
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Above, J.C. Wilson’s Anglo-Saxon design WLS-P06 Type I “Anglo-Saxon” design mailed with a 2¢ QV Leaf stamp to Leith, Scotland is marked insufficiently paid, and bears a July 1, 1898 “Edwr Carlisle Sorting Tender” postmark.