Jamaican Adhesive Registration Labels

Adhesive Registration labels were first introduced in 1908, being supplied to the postal towns. Subsequently, in 1909 they were also introduced for use in Kingston (Lant et al., Registration Markings and Labels of Jamaica, British Caribbean Philatelic Study Group, 1975?). Lant et al., (ibid), identify four main types of Registration Labels ("RL1 - RL4") with a number of sub-types. However, their classification was made prior to 1975(?) and therefore fails to account for more recent types. Based on that study and attempting to account for more recent introductions, the following types of Jamaican Registation Labels may be identified. Offices for which scans of adhesive registration labels are available here are indicated by the linked symbol.


Type RL1. Perforated all around showing that they were printed in sheets. Lettering is in a shade of blue and reads, in three lines: OFFICE NAME/"Jamaica" (lower case)/ No. xxx. With or without a period after the "No". A 3 digit serial number. Two type justifications exist: centred or left-justified. Lant et al., note that the number lettering ranges from 3.75 - 4.75 mm in height. The town name is in1.75 mm sans-serif text while "Jamaica" is in 1.25 - 1.75 mm lettering. Known used from 1908 to 1934.


Above is a possible variety in which the serifs of the "R" merge with the box border.


Three sub-types are identified:

RL1a: Labels for "GINGER HILL" diagonally overprinted "Kingston" in red lettering. Only two examples (both 1909) are known.

RL1b: As RL1 except that the type face is all in 1.5 - 2.0 mm upper and lower case lettering. Both centre and left justified text occurs. Known used from 1917 to 1928.

RL1c: As RL1 except that the type face is now all (TOWN and "JAMAICA") in 2 mm high sans-serif lettering. Again, both centre and left justified text occurs. Known used from 1926 - 1938.



Type RL2. Appears in 1936 and is perforated only top and bottom, coming from vertical coils of pre-gummed labels machine numbered in sequence from 0001 to 9999 in 4.25 to 4.50 mm high numerals. No period occurs after "No". Lettering (usually without "JAMAICA") is in Gothic upper case text on one or two lines. Known used from 1934 to 1969 (Lant et al.). However an example of the use of this label type occur as late as 1991 (see Caudwell).




Lant et al., identify one sub-type (RL2a) in which "JAMAICA" is now added. Known used from 1937 to 1940. Note that the two Kingston examples below pre-date the suggested period of use.





Type RL3. Coil labels printed on light blue paper with numerals in either red or blue ink. Known only from Kingston during 1946.


Type RL4. Coil labels printed in blue on white pre-gummed paper with the town name only (no "JAMAICA") in 2mm high sans-serif capitals. Known used from 1955 to 1991.





RL4a: A sub-type in which the town name is now in upper and lower case sans-serif lettering. Known used from 1962 to 1991.
RL4b: Several varieties of RL4/RL4a exist:
i. A blank label with no town name or serial number.


ii. As RL4bi but now with a serial number. Town name inserted in manuscript. Known used from 1966 to 1981.

iii. As RL4bii, but now with a horizontal line inserted above the number.


iv. Other varieties are known using rectangular rubber stamps with either black or violet ink strikes.


Type RL5. Not listed by Lant et al.. Labels are printed in a lighter blue omits "No" from the label and again has the office name in large san-serif capitals. The serifed number is now 6 digits preceeded by zeros as needed. Known used from 1991 to 1991.


TypeRL6. Not listed by Lant et al.. The most recent version has a san-serif "R" in a double line and a sans-serif six digit number in thin lettering. There are no perforations.

TypeRL6a. Not listed by Lant et al.. Has a san-serif "R" in a double line and a sans-serif six digit number in thin lettering as for RL6, but the name is entered in manuscript.