U.S. & Great Britain Mail Differences

Discussion in 'Stamp Chat' started by Gunny, Oct 23, 2020.

  1. Gunny

    Gunny Retired Jarhead Moderator

    Found this video comparing the differences in postal services between the U.S. & Great Britain. Interesting.
     
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  2. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    Enjoyed the video Gunny. It brings to mind many other differences: chips and fries, petrol and gas, bonnet and hood and motorway and highway.
     
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  3. anglobob

    anglobob Moderator Moderator

    US Post and Royal Mail do have something in common these days.They rarely cancel stamps on items of mail.........:chicken::chicken:
     
  4. Gunny

    Gunny Retired Jarhead Moderator

    I've notice that as well. I imagine it's because everything is automated now.
     
  5. BettyBoop

    BettyBoop Member

    I have lately received some from GB with ugly thick texta marks across the stamps, how can they ?
     
  6. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Who do you think is "they" ?
     
  7. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    Hochstrasse:

    Good to see you back on the Exchange!

    Don
     
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  8. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    Hi Don,
    I've sort of been busy with projects and have followed the APS emails which have been coming a lot more frequently since the pandemic. Anyway it's good to get back to a more regular routine and looking forward to seeing some of the content here.
     
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  9. BettyBoop

    BettyBoop Member

    I guess some person in the GB sorting post office who saw the stamps had missed normal cancellation, decided to stop anyone re-using the stamps. They wouldn't have bothered at this end..
     
  10. anglobob

    anglobob Moderator Moderator

    Betty......sadly the majority of stamped mail I receive from UK is not cancelled ,either due to faulty machinery or poor quality control.However, Royal Mail has come up with a new,extremely expensive piece of equipment to ensure all mail is properly cancelled and stamps cannot be used again. A sample is attached. Image (116).jpg
     
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  11. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    I personally think,such nice examples of obliterations have a lot to do
    with senders,who simply don´t care.
    If sending a mail to a stamp-collector,it takes of course some effort
    to go in person to the post office and ask the clerk for a nice
    cancellation.I never had the experience,that the clerks would not
    oblidge.
    Of course it still can happen,that the letter is later cancelled once
    more or that the stamps become damaged on route.
    But again,damaged stamps are often due to careless affixing by
    the sender.
     
  12. anglobob

    anglobob Moderator Moderator

    This is nothing to do with senders who don,t care.This is an example of shoddy work by the mail service.Also,the stamps here are properly affixed.This is not an isolated case either.
     
  13. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Sure it is shoddy work !
    But because it happens so often,at least people interested in stamps
    do know about it.And if they care they should think about,how to get
    a better result.
    In Germany there is a elegant solution for that problem:
    Bund n.jpg
    A special cancel for such mail.It is applied at the delivering-post-offices.
    It reads "Nachträglich entwertet" (subsequently obliterated) and
    "Deutsche Post".No date,because the date-cancel is applied at the senders p.o. only for legal reasons.
    The cancel is not often found on stamps,as it is unusual,that mail
    escapes correct cancelling.It can happen more frequently,if a letter
    is covered with several stamps,some of them in unusual positions.
    The cancel-colour is black or blue,I think somewhere I have seen also
    green or violet.
    As said,stamps with such cancels are not often found,but to find
    a full one is close to hit the jack-pot.
    I have two only.The other is even better than the upper one,but it is
    blue on a blue stamp.So no good for a scan.
     
  14. anglobob

    anglobob Moderator Moderator

    Werner...German Post does a far better job than Royal Mail.Every letter I have received from Germany has been cancelled .The majority of letters I have received from Great Britain have been uncancelled.
     
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