1. POST CARDS.
Here is an extract from an Alan Griffiths’ article published in Gibbons Stamp Monthly, October 2006, p.79. The article was entitled “Queensland Postal Stationery: A review of the issues to 1901.”
“It was in 1879 that Queensland made the decision to introduce items of prepaid postal stationery and a few essays were printed bearing images of the 1879 1d. postage stamps. Such cards are much sought after as they never appeared as issued items. An issued Id. card bearing an amended version of the Chalon Head design was initially made available in 1880. It was intended that these cards should only prepay the postage to the neighbouring colonies, with Western Australia and Tasmania being excluded from the postcard rate of 1d. It was also intended that postcards should incorporate a facility for a reply by the recipient which had been prepaid by the original sender. Essays were prepared but not adopted and it has been suggested by early collectors and authors that the 1880 card was, in fact, sold in joined pairs, which afforded the opportunity for the addressee to remove the lower part of the card - presumably by cutting with scissors—and send a reply. No such pairs are recorded, although I do own a single card which may have been cut from the bottom of such a pair. Versions of this basic card were further printed in 1882 and 1886, on different stock and in various shades of red, ranging from rose to vermilion. There were also variations in the size, type and shade of the card stock employed.”
1880 essay for a ½d+½d reply postal card with two impressions of Bell's ½d essay Type C (with void background and corrected 'Q') both on the face, the divided address panel endorsed 'NAME & ADDRESS OF PERSON TO WHOM SENT' at left & 'NAME & ADDRESS OF SENDER' at right and also 'Before reposting please obliterate this address' at lower-left & "Over" at lower-right, the reverse also divided & headed 'MESSAGE TO BE SENT' at left & 'REPLY' at right and also 'When no reply is required both Spaces may be occupied' at lower-left & 'The Card must not be cut' at lower-right, manuscript "Essay 1880" in the upper margin.
Ex Ron Butler: sold for £3525 at auction in 2005. Almost certainly modeled on a private essay for a British ½d+½d reply postal card on which both stamp impressions were also on the face. Neither of these innovative, but confusing, ideas was adopted. Sold for $14,000 at the Prestige Philately Bernard Manning sale in June 2009.
Unused post card from an early printing.
An unused example where the card was not cut straight.
A used example date stamped Bundaberg 17 July 1888 and addressed to the Swedish Royal Consul, Sydney, N.S.W. The writing on the side says 17 July 1888, E. Huttman (?) re letters none.
And the reverse. Dated Brisbane 20 July 1888. The text reads: If any letters are arrived to your office in my address please to send them up to Bundaberg Post Office P.R. Bundaberg Queensland. 17 July 1888. Respectfully E. Huttman (?)