Notes from the Past

People's League

The People's League for the Defence of Freedom, led by Edward Martell, organised an emergency mail service during the work-to-rule of British Post Office employees in January 1962.   A letter delivery service was suppressed by the Postmaster-General within a few hours of it being started, but a parcel delivery service, for which the League issued its own typeset stamps, lasted for three weeks until the work-to-rule came to an end.  In July 1964 a similar parcel service was operated for a short time by the Freedom Group (of which the People's League forms part), during the one-day strike and subsequent overtime ban by postal workers.  Special stamps were used which had been prepared in anticipation of a similar stoppage which failed to materialise in the previous April.
- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's Encyclopaedia
Published 1966
 Posted March 8, 2000

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