Postmaster General: Postal Guide 1948
The following Express Services are available:—
Conveyance of an article all the way by post office officer at request of sender
Postal packets for express delivery by this service are accepted at all post offices and postal agencies from which there is a delivery of telegrams.
For the first kilometre and a half, or any part thereof
For above one kilometre and a half and not more
than three kilometres ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
For every additional kilometre and a half or part
thereof beyond three kilometres ... ... ... ... ...
(Ordinary postage is not charged.)
If the sender wishes a taxi or other special conveyance to be used throughout, the actual fare or cost of the conveyance is charged in addition to the kilometric fee.
Where several articles are tendered for delivery at separate addresses, or to different persons at the same address, a special charge of 10 mils is made for each additional article.
If the Postman/Messenger has to wait at the address, there is a waiting fee of 20 mils for each ten minutes, or part of ten minutes, beyond the first ten minutes.
Posting and Distinctive Marking
Packets for this service must not be posted in a letter box.
The word Express, or its equivalent in Arabic or Hebrew, must be boldly and legibly written by the sender above the address in the left-hand corner of the cover.
Hours of Posting
Packets for delivery under this Service may be posted at any time, that an office is open for telegraph delivery.
Money and jewellery may be conveyed by this service all the way at the sender's risk without being registered.
Living animals can be accepted for express delivery, provided that a suitable receptacle or lead is supplied, and that the sender takes precautions to safeguard the post office officer from injury.
Liquids are accepted, although contained in glass bottles, provided the bottles are properly closed, and that the packet bears some such label as Liquid or Fragile, with care.
The sender of a postal packet may arrange
Under this service the sender of a postal packet may arrange for its special delivery after its arrival at the office of delivery, from which it would ordinarily be delivered.
The packet is despatched from the office of posting by the next ordinary mail despatch and receives no express treatment until it reaches the office of delivery, when it is picked out from the rest of the mail and delivered by special messenger.
Posting and Distinctive Marking
The word "Express" must be boldly and legibly marked above the address on the left-hand side of the cover and in the case of a letter the cover must also be marked with a broad perpendicular line from top to bottom, both on front and back.
The post office does not undertake to ensure the special delivery of a letter which is not marked in the manner prescribed.
Letters for special delivery may be handed in at a post office or, unless intended for registration, may be posted in a letter-box.
If posted in a letter-box the full charges should be prepaid in stamps.
Express Service from Office of Delivery at Request of Addressee
Method of Application
Applications for this service most be signed by the persons to whom the postal packets are addlressed. Forms of al, plication may be obtained at any post office.
The application should be addressed to the Postmaster or Chief Officer on duty at the post office front which the letters are ordinarily delivered.
Where possible, it should be delivered at the office by hand; but where this cannot be done it may be handed in at any post office or posted in any letter-box in the district served from the office.
In either of the latter cases the postage should be prepaid by means of a stamp affixed to the outside of the form.
The application should, however, reach the office at least an hour before the time at which the delivery commences.
The express fee on at least one packet must be prepaid in stamps affixed to the application form. All additional fees must be paid to the delivering officer on delivery.
If no postal packet for the address given is found, a messenger will be sent to inform the applicant to that effect, and the express fee will be retained to pay for this service.
Application for a regular service.
Where express delivery is required regularly, one form of application is sufficient. The charges are collected on delivery of the postal packets.