Australia - Brown years: 1923-1939.
1939 Birthday Greetings: AB-GB-39.

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: Form number T.G. 42H.
Last line of heading starts "Office of Origin".
Message area: Blank.
Reverse side: Blank.
Colours (text & form): Blue on cream.
Size of form overall: 153 × 204 mm.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:
 The Bluebird design replaced the previous 1934 Scroll design in May 1939.

An alternative, smaller size was introduced in 1941 as a war-time economy measure (AB-GBF-39B).

The telegram delivery forms with ornamental designs were all discontinued in 1942 also as part of the War effort.

GBF-39A Prospect
Thanks to Ross Ewington of Tasmanian Stamp Auctions for finding this early date and letting me know.
Moonah to Hobart.
(11 December 1938).


  • size is 152 × 202 mm;
  • has line of text at base;
  • line under heading contains "Words" and "Time Lodged";



Melbourne to Elwood
(10 February 1942) with scarce oval P&T date stamp.


  • size is smaller at
    115 × 190 mm;
  • line of text at base has been moved to be under the heading;
  • line under heading contains "No. of Words" and "Time of Lodgement";
  • hills in the background of the heading are lighter in colour and more distinguishable from the sky.
GBE-39 Coburg AB-GBE-39A.

Unused opaque delivery envelope.


  • has form number
    TG. 65H.



Unused window envelope with no border around the window.


  • form number is
    TG. 65P.

Used window envelope.


  • navy blue border around the window;
  • form number is
    TG 65P. - the same number as the window delivery envelope with no border (GBE-39B).




Used on 24 March 1939 at Elizabeth Street/Melbourne (date stamp on reverse)


  • dark blue border around the window.
  • form number is
    TG. 65H. - the same number as the opaque delivery envelope

Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
GBF-39A None 17 December 1938 at Monah, Tas

Rated: C as unused;

R if used on forms or on envelopes.

RR if a form and envelope are demonstrably tied together.

GBF-39B None 8 January 1942 at Hindmarsh, SA.
GBE-39A None 13 September 1939 at Coburg, Vic.
GBE-39B None  
GBE-39C None  
GBE-39D None. 24 March 1939 at Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.