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Section 2 - Commercial Overprints

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D.B.Co..a .b .c

User: D.B.Co (Unknown)

Railway Use:

1890-1929 Numeral issue 1/-

Rarity Scale:

1890-1929 Numeral issue 1/- R4

Background: Half stamp sighted

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns: Nil

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DAVID/JONES/LTD..a .b .c

   

.a

   

.b                                       .c                                     .d

.e

.f - 4mm by steel

.g - 3½mm by rubber

User: David Jones Ltd

Retail Store

Address: George & Barrack St's, Sydney, NSW

Revenue Use:

.a 1929-66 Numeral issue 3d

.b 1966 Numeral issue 3c

.c 1968 Numeral issue 3c, 3c [double overprint]

.d 1968 Numeral issue 3c

Rarity Scale:

.a 1929-66 Numeral issue 3d R2

.b 1966 Numeral issue 3c R3

.c 1968 Numeral issue 3d R1, 3d [double overprint] R4

.d 1968 Numeral issue 3d R3

Railway Use:

.e 1891 Numeral issue [no wmk] 4d, 5d, 6d, 1/-

.f 1929 [1891 design] Numeral issue 6d

.f 1929 Numeral issue 3d, 6d, 2/-, 5/-

.g 1929 Numeral issue 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d, 9d, 1/-, 2/-

Rarity Scale:

.e 1891 Numeral issue [no wmk] 4d R4, 5d R4, 6d R4, 1/- R4

.f 1929 [1891 design] Numeral issue 6d R4

.g 1929 Numeral issue 3d R2, 4d R2, 5d R2, 6d R2, 9d R2, 1/- R2, 2/- R2

Background: See David Jones Ld.a in the perfin section

Device: Handstamp

Related patterns: Refer to other David Jones Limited patterns in:

NSW: Perfin section DAVIDJONESLD.a  DJ/LTD.a  DJ/LTD.b DJ/LTD.c  DJ/LTD.d DJ/LTD.e  DJ/LTD.f

Other - Section 1 Cancelling Devices:

          (PAID) DJONES&CO.a

QLD: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints:  DAVID JONES

WA: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: DAVID JONES/(PERTH)/LTD..a

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DIRECT/PUBLICITY/

COMPANY/SYDNEY..a

User: Direct Publicity Company

Printing

75½ Wigram Road, Glebe, NSW

Revenue Use:

1929-66 Numeral issue 3d

Rarity Scale:

1929-66 Numeral issue 3d R4

Background: A printer of dubious business practices, Sidney Francis Madden was born in Port Melbourne in December, 1893. Madden, of 132 George Street West, Sydney, first comes to attention in May, 1916, when as a motorcyclist in Redfern, he hit and injured a man.

In August, 1920, Madden was found guilty of publishing an obscene publication, “Box On”. Two years later, (1922) Sidney Francis Madden, “master printer” of 75½ Wigram Road, Glebe, was found guilty of assaulting a neighbour and fined as well as being served an ejection order.

In 1924, Madden was resident at Bowler Street, South Kensington (Sydney) where he experienced a burglary.

Under the business name Direct Publicity Company, he started, in November, 1923, on a project of printing souvenir histories and tourist guide booklets for Chambers of Commerce and municipal councils of country towns - Bathurst, Hume and Hovell centenary (Albury), Tumut, Grenfell, Burwood, Macleay, Cootamundra and Murwillumbah. The projects were largely funded by paid advertisements by local businesses.

In May, 1924, Madden, formerly of the “Box On” Publishing Co., was examined for bankruptcy. In 1923, the “Box On” sporting paper had been incorporated with “another proposition”, known as “All Sports” which was a failure.

Madden did not receive a Certificate of Discharge until November, 1924. However, using Charles William Cable to canvass work for Direct Publicity Company, Madden, continued to conduct business throughout his period of bankruptcy.

Direct Publicity Company was represented as being “in association with the Government Tourist Bureau”. In 1925, Murwillimbah Chamber of Commerce became dissatisfied with the company and wanted a refund on monies paid for advertisements which failed to appear in the proposed booklet. A complaint in September, 1925, by the Chamber of Commerce to F.W. Stuart, their Member of the Legislative Assembly and a Murwillumbah businessman, resolved the issue.

In October, 1926, Charles William Cable was charged with fraudulently misappropriating money belonging to Madden’s mother. By this time, Madden was factory manager for the registered firm of Sidney Madden & Co., printers and publishers, conveniently owned by his mother, and also employing Martin Francis Madden, her husband. The firm had employed Cable in late 1925. Cable was found not guilty and discharged.

In 1926, Sidney Madden (age 33), was managing director of Week-end Publishing Co., with James Turner as secretary. In April, 1927, the pair were charged with “having conspired together to cheat and defraud Ernest Laurie and Florence Clifton of the deeds of title to certain land” by representing that the company would pay a 15% dividend when in fact it was heavily in debt. A re-trial was ordered as the accused had attempted to bribe Laurie not to appear in court. After the re-trial, jurymen complained of police pressure to return a guilty verdict, and were later seen drinking in the same hotel as Madden.

In December, 1926, Sidney Francis Madden “and others”, carrying on business as Publicans’ Publicity Co. were sued, and lost, for breaching the copyright of “Alf Gallen’s Sporting News” in publishing weights, and the names and acceptances of horses.

In February 1927, Harold Gordon Goy salesman (and also the “publicity specialist”) for Direct Publicity Company of Sydney, was convicted on a charge of false pretences. When canvassing for a tourist publication for Bundanoon, Goy twice (in July and November, 1926) represented himself as selling space in a directory to be issued through the New South Wales Government Tourist Bureau. A witness for the defence was Sidney Madden, manager of Direct Publicity Company. Goy was convicted. No later reference is found for the existence of Direct Publicity Company

Sidney Francis Madden died in May, 1969, in Sydney.,

Device: Handstamp

Related Patterns: Nil

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