Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Another Missent to Bristol Station

The envelope below, from Manchester to Newport, Monmouthshire also received the rarer "MISSENT-TO / BRISTOL STATION" cachet (see here for my previous post on the other example).

Sunday, 16 January 2022

Undated "BRISTOL" handstamp, c.1940

 The envelope below is undated but went from Bristol to London around 1940.

Other uses of the handstamp have been when stamps have not been cancelled by machine cancels.

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Undated "BATHFORD.BATH / SOMERSET" handstamp & "BATHFORD" 23mm Single Ring handstamps

The Parcel Post receipt below has a "BATHFORD . BATH / SOMERSET" single ring handstamp.  

Other postmarks from Bathford are quite scarce.  Small sub-offices did not use their handstamps other than for receipts, as mail was postmarked at the main office.  The Post Office Savings Bank book below, used between 1910 and 1920, has examples of "BATHFORD" 23mm single ring handstamps.

Sunday, 9 January 2022

Envelope "Found open or damaged and officially secured"

The envelope below, from Bristol to London in February 1982, was "Found open or damaged and officially secured".

The contents are still present and were an entry for the Mephisto crossword.

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

"Tatcho" for the Hair

Below is a postcard sent sometime between 1913 and 1921 advertising "Tatcho" for the hair.

The product had a musical hall song in its honour:

Sunday, 2 January 2022

Undated entire from Crewkerne via Taunton to Bristol, c.1759-1769

The undated part-entire below has a "CREWK / ERN" handstamp that appears to measure 27x13 mm, so could match SO 382 which is only known used in 1740 in an Archive or SO 385 known from 1759-1761 also only known in an Archive.

The "TAUNTON" handstamp appears to be SO 751, in use 1759-1769.

The contents of the part-entire are a family tree.

At the bottom of the tree is the marriage of John Blagrove to Ann Cobb which genealogical records indicate happened in August 1745, so the entire must date after that, consistent with 1759-1769.

Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Clifton Postage Due, 1909

 The unfranked postcard below, sent from Clifton to Barrow Gurney in 1909, incurred 1d postage due, being double the ½d postcard rate.  The "1d" in a circle postage due mark was previously known used from 1883 to 1907;  this postcard extends the known usage.


Sunday, 26 December 2021

Chard 1975: Invalid Postage Stamps

The envelope below from Chard to Honiton was franked with 6½d of pre-decimalisation Wilding stamps rather than 6½p of post-decimalisation stamps.  The Wilding stamps were not cancelled and the envelope incurred 13p postage due, being double the 6½p deficiency.


Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Bristol to London 1982: Found Open or Damaged

The envelope below, dated February 1982 and addressed to "Mephisto 1127, The Sunday Times", was sealed with Post Office tape having been "Found open or damaged and officially secured".  The contents, an entry for the Mephisto 1127 crossword, are still present.

Sunday, 19 December 2021

Returned Letter to Bath, 1856

The returned letter below from London to Bath in March 1856 has 2d postage due to pay.  It was returned because the addressee refused the letter, presumably because it was not franked or had postage due.