Cardia (Pre Wonderland Period)

Before Wonderland was known as Wonderland, the land was known as Cardia (Until 1832).

For practical purposes, very little is known of the early period of Cardia’s postal service; communication outside the territory being virtually non-existent. Internal mails were generally carried by a private messenger, or merely left lying about waiting for the recipient to come upon them by sheer chance. The very few covers still in existence bear a Crown or Heart motif, ´CARDIA´in a curved semi-circle, in red or black. Earlier items may bear another card motif.


October 11, 1770

The first cover is from October 11, 1770 (as shown on the backstamp) … Clubs Dynasty (Pre-Heart Dynasty)

The cover is addressed to “Messrs. Cutshuffle and Deele” from Bridgend, Cardia.

The cover is bearing “CARDIA under a Crown” in red … and a 6 of Clubs mark, a Bridge End arrival mark and a 6 Miles mark; all in black.

Examples below:

Gerald King - 1770. Cardia Cover (Front) - Example 1

Cover 1 from 1770 (Front)

Gerald King - 1770. Cardia Cover (Back) - Example 1

Cover 1 from 1770 (Back)

Gerald King - 1770. Cardia Cover (Front) - Example 2

Cover 2 from 1770 (Front)

Gerald King - 1770. Cardia Cover (Back) - Example 2

Cover 2 from 1770 (Back)


1800 (Approx.)

The second cover is from approx. 1800 … Spades Dynasty (Pre-Heart Dynasty)

The cover is addressed to “Messrs. Cutshuffle and Deele” from Bridgend, Cardia.

The cover is bearing “CARDIA over a Spade”, a POST PAID Spades mark and a 4 Miles mark; all in black… and a Bridge End arrival mark in red.

Example below:

Gerald King - 1800. Cardia Cover (Front) - Example 1

Cover 1 from 1800 (Front)

Gerald King - 1800. Cardia Cover (Back) - Example 1

Cover 1 from 1800 (Back)


January 27, 1832

The third cover was received at Trumpham on January 27, 1832… the date of Charles Dodgson’s birth (i.e. Lewis Carroll)… Heart Dynasty

The cover is addressed to “Jack Pott Esquire” from Trumpham, Cardia.

The cover is bearing “CARDIA over a heart” in red… and a 5 Miles mark, a “5d paid at Wonderland” mark and a “Trumpham Received 27. Jan. 1832” mark; all in black. 

Bearing CARDIA and Wonderland it could be the last cover bearing the “CARDIA” post mark.

Examples below:

Gerald King - 1832. Cardia Cover (Front) - Example 1

Cover 1 from 1832 (Front)

Gerald King - 1832. Cardia Cover (Back) - Example 1

Cover 1 from 1832 (Back)

Gerald King - 1832. Cardia Cover (Front) - Example 2

Cover 2 from 1832 (Front)

Gerald King - 1832. Cardia Cover (Back) - Example 2

Cover 2 from 1832 (Back)

Gerald King - 1832. Cardia Cover (Front) - Example 3

Cover 3 from 1832 (Front)

Gerald King - 1832. Cardia Cover (Back) - Example 3

Cover 3 from 1832 (Back)

 

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