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Alex22/11/2018 13:41:06
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Another rare event for me, an envelope with actual stamps on it was delivered today. It was posted in Maidenhead and contained, ironically, a philatelic journal (with an article of mine within its hallowed pages).

As usual, Royal Mail hasn't disappointed me!

Not only have the stamps been cancelled with RMs 21st Century version of a cancellation device (this time by marker pen rather than the crayon used the last time) but, for good measure, half of the left side has been torn open so that a diligent member of staff could make sure the contents were of value. Sadly, I surmise, my humble article was deemed unworthy of further attention and the envelope was sent on its way without further mishap.

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ken mulford07/06/2019 11:11:02
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I personally would not jump to a conclusion like that as i have had similar mailings to me where the end of the envelope is damaged.

Cheap envelopes add to the problem.

I would be more inclined to suspect the automated handling machines to cause the damage.

More to the point of my reply is to comment on the way the cancellation of stamps is done.

Again i would suggest that the handling machines are not doing there job.

So when the posty delivers he has to mark the stamp so it cannot be reused, and nobody EVER reuses an unmarked stamp do they !

As of late i find THE BIRO to be a preferred way of damaging a stamp to render it unusable, to me it is also uncollectible.

Have you not noticed that if you buy stamps from Tallents House that they use prepaid envelopes ?

The post office do not even use there own product,,, unbelievable is it not.

Tried to show a jpeg pic of the envelope to prove my point but this site has no easy way of doing it.

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