HMSO - Her Majesty's Stationery Office
Suppled for the Public Service
HMSO - Her Majesty's Stationery Office
'Supplied for the Public Service' was the watchword printed on many S.O. (Stationery Office) products. Namely that the notebooks e.t.c., were for use by government departments in the public service(s). The telephone side of the GPO was a public service until it was privatised (as British Telecom) in 1984. The Post Office in its many guises is a public service which is gradually being opened up to competition.
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Her Majesty's Stationery Office was responsible for the printing and distribution of many publications a well as sundries for use within the government. Part of HMSO has been sold off and is now simply TSO - The Stationery Office.

Stationery Office (S.O.) Books
Stationery Office Books
These notebooks were produced in a number of sizes which varied little over the many years during which they were distributed.

SO Book 136.
Supplied for the Public Service.

This one is clearly George's Reign, demonstrating that the 'Stationery Office' has been established for a long time. Date code is 5/40.

This book was used by a telephonist to list area codes and operating instructions.


"HMSO continues to exist and perform its core activities operating from within OPSI."

OPSI The Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI)  

APPSI The Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI) 

TSO The old logo for The Stationery Office (TSO) at the time of privatisation (1996).

The Stationery Office In January 2007, TSO was acquired by Williams Lea, the global Corporate Information Solutions provider.  


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