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Author:  Mike Jackson [ Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:00 pm ]
Post subject:  KGVI CANCELLED postmark

The following query comes via Tim Burgess via Tony Walker:

I recently acqured some GB covers and there is one where I have something I could not ascertain.

The envelope is addressed to Buenos Aires, Argentina. It carries 2 2 pennies KG VI stamps. It has no date stamp but postmark that reads "CANCELL". In the back there is no arrival cancel from Argentina, so we do not know if the cover was actually sent there. The close up of th stamps and the CANCELL PMK i under the next of the message. The scan of the entire envelope is attached to this message.

I tried looking in some of the catalogs and handbooks but coulod not find anything.

Do you have any idea of what does the CANCELL over the stamps mean? Was it used by the Royal Mail or is it a private mark?

Your help would be greatly appreciated

Best regards, Enrique Setaro

(455.73 KiB)

Author:  Harvey [ Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 501

This cancell mark appears to be part of the word CANCELLED. If the address is a viable one, then I suggest either that the envelope was one of a batch made up but not used by the sender (? a firm?) who then made application to the GPO for a refund of the unused postage, or that this was used in one of the many Post Office Training schools around the country.


Author:  agenteinrebus [ Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 503

The suggestions offered by Harvey closely match my own thoughts - particualrly 'Cancell' being truncated 'Cancelled'. The cover bears no indication of having been used - no postal marks or 'fair wear and tear'.

Author:  Tim Burgess [ Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 506

Thanks to everyone for there kind input. I thought that this might be an example of a temporary WWII dumb cancel but as others correctly pointed out there is no receiving marks or any other evidence that this item went through the mail stream.

I invited the owner of the cover to visit the GBPS discussion board and would be pleased to see suggestions from others!



Author:  bobphillifent [ Thu Oct 14, 2010 7:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 1463

I think much depends on whether the 2 x2d values are the dark colour or the pale colour types, the latter being introduced in October,1941 .I cannot believe that such a large envelope could be sent to S.America for 4d. unless it was sent prior to 1st.May,1940 when the rates were 2 1/2d plus another 1 1/2d for an extra step. If it was sent after that date then the 2nd.step letter rate would have been 4 1/2d and the letter would have be underpaid.So I suggest that this envelope was NOT sent anywhere and is in fact an "escapee" from one of the Post Office Training Schools and the stamps are indeed marked CANCELLED!

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