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Doug Graham 126/04/2018 17:01:09
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Just joined the forum and this is my initial post. So apologies if it should be somewhere else.

I recently "inherited" a reasonable sized collection from a late "uncle" and am working my way through it to see what to keep and specialise in . For a period of time, mid 60s to 80s, Max was keen on new GB issues and has a long sequence of FDCs along with mint copies of the issue. From the early 80s with each of the FDCs is a pair of mint stamps one of which is clearly cancelled in the corner. The pairs have only hinge marks and have clearly never been near an envelope despite the cancellation. I have googled this for some time without coming up with much.

I would appreciate your views on these pairs. Is this unusual? Are they of interest? Is there a special term for them that I am missing.

Your feedback would be much appreciated.

Paul Davey 126/04/2018 19:29:25
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Hi Doug, welcome.

unusual? Yes. Of interest? Maybe to someone, but not to most collectors I suspect. Special term? Not to my knowledge. If you had a cooperative sub-postmaster this was always possible to arrange, despite the fact it wasn't really allowed.

On the positive side, split the pairs and you have a mint set and a fine used set!

You can still use the decimal ones of course.

Doug Graham 126/04/2018 21:11:28
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Hi, thanks for the response. Yes you are probably right about the sub-postmaster. If you put the quarter cancellations together you get one small post office in Silk Street in Paisley. I might keep them as is, just as a curiosity. I personally wouldn't be that interested in a phony used set.

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