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It's me again - whilst I'm in the mood, here's another one that will go on display at our next meeting!

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It's damned difficult to find threads when somebody decides to change the subject line or merge it with another one. There was I, knowing that I had posted examples on the

Show us your "VANDALISED" covers from your Post office.

thread but could I find it by searching? Could I [at]$**&[at]# !

So know I know where it is, and can change my bookmark, thanks whoever did it!

Here's the latest one that arrived this morning. Should have been postmarked at the PO counter, but instead was scribbled later in its journey. Contacted PO on twitter, and they have asked where it was posted. (Which would have been obvious if there had been just one postmark!) I'll have to write to the sender - snailmail only with him.

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There seems to be a pattern emerging here. The three covers above appear to have near pen cancels. And here's a fourth;
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I'm not entirely sure if they are under instructions from head office to make them neat these days but like Gordon above, I'm tempted to display this one :lol: :lol:

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Nice job on destroying a few nice stamps on my recent mail....
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Friday's mail:
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I hadn't seen one of these before :twisted:
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Luckily this one missed the dreaded pen
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The pen vandal didn't see it
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This one could not escape execution by the killer texta:
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Another GB cover struck by pen
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This arrived in today's mail. Our regular postman delivered it. I asked if it was him who had pen-cancelled the stamps. He said it wasn't and I am pretty sure he was telling the truth.
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norvic wrote:It's damned difficult to find threads when somebody decides to change the subject line or merge it with another one. There was I, knowing that I had posted examples on the

Show us your "VANDALISED" covers from your Post office.

thread but could I find it by searching? Could I (at)$**&(at)# !

So know I know where it is, and can change my bookmark, thanks whoever did it!

Here's the latest one that arrived this morning. Should have been postmarked at the PO counter, but instead was scribbled later in its journey. Contacted PO on twitter, and they have asked where it was posted. (Which would have been obvious if there had been just one postmark!) I'll have to write to the sender - snailmail only with him.

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I used Royal Mail tracking to find out where the letter I received this morning was posted. I clicked the button for full journey and got the place of posting. Obviously you can only do that with tracked mail. You'd have thought Royal Mail could have done that themselves in your case Ian.
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Well this would be more appropriate to the other title of the thread, 'Show us your Vandalised covers' because the cancels are fine, but RM's treatment is not....

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Cover from wattsup, vandalized at my end ... most stamps ripped off
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I don't have an image to add, but just wanted to point out something told to me by the counter clerk in our local P.O. today.

I think this may have been mentioned in another thread but I could not find it.

I was sending a large letter 'International Standard' and had part-paid with stamps and the clerk had to add a label for the rest. I asked if he could cancel the stamps because I thought that was the regulation in this circumstance.

He told me that they have had instruction not to cancel stamps at the counter because it can result in charges to the recipient because the stamps may appear to have been reused.

I said that how can that be thought to have occurred if the stamps are clearly postmarked with the same date as the label, but he didn't have an answer.

He did cancel them for me on request, but said the recipient could face a charge.

I just wonder whether this approach from the P.O., if it has been adopted throughout the UK, will result in fewer stamps appropriately cancelled and more use of the killer pens?

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chaddy wrote:As I sat reading this article the doorbell rang. It was the postman delivering my copy. Strange coincidence. The parcel had 6 nice stamps from the millennium series attached, but some moron had cancelled them with a black marker pen. On the up side, it is a very much improved catalogue.
Well, its done by the outbound sorting office, as I've just received exactly the same.

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Lakatoi 4 wrote:That level of laziness to cancel with a marker pen is hard to comprehend when I virtually never receive mail from within Australia with cancels. This is particularly so with larger covers where the feint orange bar code can be on the rear, upside down, etc.
To avoid deraling the other thread I'm answering this in the proper one.

It's not laziness, and your argument that you never receive mail from within Australia with cancels counters that suggestion, because it takes MORE work to use the pen than to do nothing.

So let's consider how this occurred.

a. Machineable mail doesn't always get caught by the machine, but being part of the automatic sorting system, nobody will notice until the final stages of hand-preparation for actual delivery. In some of those delivery offices there are no postmarking devices - neither what we regard as handstamps, nor the self-inking wavy-line handstamp.

b. Stamped non-machineable mail handed over the PO counter (large letters and parcels) should have those stamps cancelled at the counter. Similarly premium items which are subject to security and which are not machine-processed at all (special delivery, international equivalents) should have stamps cancelled at the PO counter. As we have seen from examples above, this does not always happen.
However, if a mailer has a large volume of stamped mail taken to a PO branch, sacks will often be provided. I have been told by one mailer that their PO insisted that sacks were used, and accepts that everything is stamped correctly. The stamps on the contents are not cancelled at the counter as they should be.
Sorting offices or Mail Centres are not set-up to cancel stamps on this mail. It arrives in sacks or pouches and is processed: this process does not include checking the stamps are cancelled. The result is inevitable: the staff at the many receiving delivery offices cancel the stamps and probably bitch like hell about their colleagues in mail centres.

c. Stamped mail which is collected from businesses (in sacks) is treated at the mail centres in much the same way as that described above (b). Even when it is collected by a Royal Mail van and taken to a Royal Mail mail centre, there is - apparently - no process by which the parcels are checked for stamps and those stamps cancelled, by any means. The result is again inevitable. We know this is the case because Philanglia of Warrington have their outgoing auction lots or other parcel mail collected and taken to Warrington MC. Some MCs may spot such mail and cancel the stamps in the way shown, but they are probably the exception.

I suspect these mailings fall under category 'c'.

Until Royal Mail realise that a lot of their 'reused stamps' fraud is caused by failures in their own operations - at the early stages rather than the later stages - this will continue. They have little control over what happens at the counters (being a separate business) although I am pursuing the PO branch failures with Post Office Ltd, and with throughput targets being monitored closely, the pressure is on to move parcels rather than to protect revenue.

Top-level managers have to re-evaluate their priorities to solve this problem. The ruination of stamps by employees at the 'last mile' is not their priority but avoidance of that would make life easier for some of those employees and for us.
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It seems like the "phenomenon" of vandalised mail can go back a fair way.

This 23 April 1953 airmail letter to the USA has a strip of 4 of the 3d se-tenant "Produce Food", a strip of 3 of the 3.1/2d se-tenant "Produce Food" and a 1.1/2d QM making up the correct rate of 2/- for the first half ounce. But because the roller cancel did not cover everything, some clown has applied his individual touch to the rest!

But still, it gives me a nice commercial usage of this food set.

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Looks like Royal Mail have run out of ballpoints and black markers, so had to use a highlighter on this one.

Sent from Kent to South Wales.

Does this sort of thing get done at the despatching office or mail centre or the local delivery office here?

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More ugliness to add to this conga line; it seems there really is no end to this stupidity.

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Inbound from the USA, because clearly, I'm going to soak these off for reuse... :evil:

Likewise with this lot from Canada;
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What do they imagine we are going to do with these? I can understand Royal Mail in the UK defacing GB stamps to prevent reuse but this... :?:

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Infuriating!

A likely modern rarity ruined!
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Another infuriating cover

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This one has been nicely cancelled first :roll: :roll:. Still, look on the bright side, three of the cancelled stamps escaped the pen.

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... unlike this monstrosity

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Ok so the stamps not exciting, but.... I don't have one of these in my GB collection yet, and the last three that have arrived? Have been like this.

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CMJ wrote:... unlike this monstrosity

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That is shocking! But I can see why the post office do it, stops this kinda thing, a very poor attempt at getting free P&P! :lol:

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And that was from an eBay stamp seller!

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I hated this

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GYDAM wrote:Image

It seems like the "phenomenon" of vandalised mail can go back a fair way.

This 23 April 1953 airmail letter to the USA has a strip of 4 of the 3d se-tenant "Produce Food", a strip of 3 of the 3.1/2d se-tenant "Produce Food" and a 1.1/2d QM making up the correct rate of 2/- for the first half ounce. But because the roller cancel did not cover everything, some clown has applied his individual touch to the rest!

But still, it gives me a nice commercial usage of this food set.

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You know how it is - someone doesn't balk at the tracking postage, but has a request for "some specific stamps".

Have them in the book, Bingo (you think).

All the effort you go to, then arrive at the PO, and its "infill staff" that don't follow their own procedures.

You end up with this .....

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... and a very angry recipient "wanting a postage rebate".

Grrrr.

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ViccyVFU wrote:You know how it is - someone doesn't balk at the tracking postage, but has a request for "some specific stamps".

Have them in the book, Bingo (you think).

All the effort you go to, then arrive at the PO, and its "infill staff" that don't follow their own procedures.

You end up with this .....

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... and a very angry recipient "wanting a postage rebate".

Grrrr.
Subject to the availability of post offices in your area, you should have insisted that the stamps were hand cancelled at the counter. If they refused, you should have asked them to call the help line to confirm that your request was valid. If they refused again you should have gone to another PO. Of course that presumes you have plenty of time :D

I think you should contact Post Office (not Royal Mail) Complaints Department and say that your property, specially requested by your customer, has been ruined because the Post Office counter staff did not follow correct procedure. Prepare for banging head against wall; but the message has to be got through. You could also email Paula.Vennels@postoffice.co.uk while she is still there; it will go to the top team then.
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norvic wrote:Subject to the availability of post offices in your area, you should have insisted that the stamps were hand cancelled at the counter. If they refused, you should have asked them to call the help line to confirm that your request was valid. If they refused again you should have gone to another PO. Of course that presumes you have plenty of time :D

I think you should contact Post Office (not Royal Mail) Complaints Department and say that your property, specially requested by your customer, has been ruined because the Post Office counter staff did not follow correct procedure. Prepare for banging head against wall; but the message has to be got through. You could also email Paula.Vennels@postoffice.co.uk while she is still there; it will go to the top team then.
Hi Ian, thanks for the reply. I'm not sure any further action wouldn't "just be throwing good money (/ time) after bad". I've complained before, and basically got nowhere.

This was Harrogate Main Post Office, on a Saturday.... a place that looks like "a day centre for care in the community", with queues and a "now serving customer 27" type system. (Try to tell them anything, and you'll likely be escorted from the premises).

Remember that I'd already gone through all the formalities of registration and entry into the system before they whipped the parcel away. (A bit late to reclaim it).

As for complaining, well their standard response appears to be "we can cancel them however we see fit".
I can't deny I had the service paid for, so technically they see the problem as "my unrealistic expectations on stamp cancellation".

So, I'll pass on escalating it, because all I'll get is a "we will try harder" letter (which is a corporate nonsense for "oops, till the next time").

Customer has calmed down a bit, realising its nothing I've done that's to blame (and perhaps checking the contents - always a pacifier!!). I can square it off with them on next sending (Luckily, I've got loads of the self adhesive coil NVI's).

I'd normally use Ripon, who are very collector friendly, but happenstance put me in Harrogate that Saturday ...
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A client of mine sent me this image today, which I've blurred for privacy:
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Can't imagine why somebody would not only deface the stamps, but spend so much time to comprehensively destroy a stamp. Nice work, back-room marker Nazi at Ironbark.

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During April I have received some nicely franked covers, thanks
to the effort of various senders.

However, some were not cancelled at the originating Post Office
or mail handling centre. A few of those covers completed their
journey and reached me with the stamps still uncancelled.

But more of them were noticed en route by someone with a ballpoint
pen, and PEN CANCELLED, presumably so that the unscrupulous
recipient (me) would not be tempted to reuse them. As a result, some A+
items have been devalued to D- or F quality.

I wonder how many other Stampboarders have been subjected to this
inconsiderate philatelic vandalism/abuse/destruction.

I am convinced that the pen-cancellers are not at my home Post Office,
where all the counter staff know I collect stamps, and pay extra attention
to handling my inbound and outbound mail.

The manager even spontaneously
apologised to me recently when she handed me a pen-cancelled envelope that
had to be collected at the counter because it was too large to fit into my mailbox.

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Notice that the last cover shown has both a digital cancel and a PEN CANCEL,
"to be sure to be sure".

Remember that dumb cancellers (with no date slugs) have been used in
the past when cancellations were needed but dates were suppressed for
one reason or another.

Couldn't the pen-cancellers be given dumb cancellers
and required to use them instead of their pens to cancel attractive stamps that
are likely going to stamp collectors (who pay a portion of their wages)?

If other Stampboarders have received PEN CANCELLED covers recently,
I invite you to post images on this thread. No need to be "over the top" in
your posts — the covers themselves speak loudly enough by themselves.

I believe that if we have a significant number of contributions of this type,
it will provide enough evidence to bring to the attention of the Philatelic Sales
Department of AusPost
to take corrective action on behalf of stamp collectors.

If we just shrug and mutter "nobody listens to us, they're only interested
in the money", we are failing to count on the power of group action. I'm an
optimist, and I'm prepared to run with this because I think the administrators
are influenced by weight of group opinion and discontent.

If sufficiently many stamp collectors support the same cause, it does have
implications and consequences for AusPost's financial bottom line. We stamp
collectors are not the primary source of AusPost's income, but we are a significant
part of its customer base and our financial contributions cannot be ignored.

Thanks for your anticipated contributions!

/RogerE :D
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Just a bunch of totally lazy philatelic senders, who do NOT politely ask for neat cds at their PO.

I always do, and others should. Shame on them.

All 20 year old franking, and all from members here I am sure, so all collectors, and ZERO excuse. :roll:

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Roger

I moved your thread to this one so you can see you are not alone & that such vandalism is not restricted to the "Land of Oz".

Read & weep :!:

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Post by RogerE »

I've just found my post in this thread, rather than in the new thread
"PEN CANCELS by AusPost" that I intended it to occupy.

Brad = BigSaint, I see that in moving my post to join with other posts on
the thread "Killer stamp cancels! Post your cover UGLIES here" you wish
to convey the message "you are not alone". I get that. I read and wept.
(In fact, I have had my share of such covers from UK and Canada.)

But my intention was to have a new thread dedicated to PEN CANCELS by AusPost,
not by GB sources or classical Indian practices, etc. My aim is to have enough posts
showing this kind of desensitised, destructive, discouraging and devaluing treatment
applied within AusPost's handling that in due course someone (such as myself) can
communicate to the highest philatelic sales level of AusPost, and give the url link to
that relevant, concentrated, AusPost-specific thread.

If it's diluted by the other examples not produced within AusPost, that would only detract
from the impact of the group opinion when it is brought to the attention of AusPost — it would
encourage the response: "It's a worldwide practice, we at AusPost are no different, and we
will not make local exceptions".

On the contrary, I hope to build such a convincing trove of AusPost-specific mutilations
that the economic implications of hurting philatelic sales will persuade AusPost that they
can and should make a policy change.

So Brad = BigSaint, please think over my original intentions, and reconsider allowing
my post to start a new thread. It seeks to start an honorable and worthwhile campaign —
rather than just grumbling, actually doing something positive about it.
Thanks :!: /RogerE :D

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RogerE wrote:If other Stampboarders have received PEN CANCELLED covers recently, I invite you to post images on this thread. No need to be "over the top" in your posts — the covers themselves speak loudly enough by themselves.
Sorry, no. Maybe that is all that is needed in this thread but not generally. It is important to remember that if members - even you - want to find a particular post later when they remember the contents, that process is greatly assisted if there is at least a minimum narrative description for every image and every post.

The board search process can't find images, only text. The Google search box below will also bring better results if there is a caption to images.
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As many have said before- Royal Mail and other countries' agencies make money from philatelic purchases (in the GB case so do Post Offices) but they apparently couldn't care less about organising proper cancellations.

Answer- stop buying all the new rubbish they are producing just for the collector market- and let them know!

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Roger

Another thread you may look at & see the pen cancels have been around for a long time:
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=67375
How much extra would I have paid without the crayon strikes on this rare fdc.
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The late Michael Hudson, a Sydney Stamp Dealer of Sydney Stamp Centre & Wesley Cover Service, his theory was to lodge a claim form for every mail item that had been defaced. It got him nowhere.

I tried it a couple of times & it was a waste of time & just had postal regulations quoted back at me. I felt that I was throwing snowballs at a battleship. I have had better success, although not 100%, growling at my local LPO.

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I do not get a lot of decent mail these days with stamps on it. The last half decent piece was this I got a couple of years back. Half decent because the post office got to work on it on route. They also managed to bend the item inside almost to snapping point. Even though I had to sign for it the postie was holding the item folded in two in his hands. A big grin on his face which soon disappeared when I laid into him for folding the said item. It was sent from a stamp dealer and contained a card full of stamps.

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One of our posties used to bend everything in half to get it through the door. Apparently he was told to do so by his superiors as it was "easier and quicker to post mail that way and avoid dog problems from some houses on route". We don't have a dog. For a long time I stopped buying bits and pieces on line as I just could not get anything without it being badly bent in two. I even complained on several occasions when items got damaged. Luckily the letter bending postie is no longer working in our area.
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Words. Fail. Me.

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Battyrat wrote:
One of our posties used to bend everything in half to get it through the door.
My wife caught our 'new' postie doing that yesterday to a 'DO NOT BEND' card backed envelope with FDC's in it.
Battyrat wrote: A big grin on his face which soon disappeared when I laid into him for folding the said item.
She did exactly the same and sent him away with his tail between his legs.

This morning, we get a nice card through the letterbox advising that the 'large item' was round the side in our safe place.

Apparently, they can be trained. But unfortunately not out of this dreadful biro fixation... :twisted:

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I think you jinxed me Roger. :)

There is a young fellow at Brighton Philatelic Society who collects fish but someone filleted these with a biro.
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Here are some more covers I have received recently
with attractive, collectable stamps turned into sad
defaced scraps by Australia Post PEN CANCELS.

Two personal mail covers with Australia Post PEN CANCELS:
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Two covers from Philatelic sources with Australia Post PEN CANCELS
(evidently the senders also don't follow the advice to request date stamp
cancellations at the counter — or do they face an unfriendly/uncooperative
counter staff who refuse such requests?):
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And two international covers, these from Sweden (Philatelic source) and UK (personal),
with Australia Post PEN CANCELS.
The Swedish mailing received no datestamp (did they request one?). The UK
mailing did get nice date stamps, but still received Australia Post PEN CANCELS,
(to be sure to be sure, or else by a checker who didn't recognise the "foreign"
date stamps):
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Do other Stampboarders have similar covers recently defaced by Australia
Post PEN CANCELS
to share? Please post them under the thread
Range of recent PEN CANCELS from Australia Post
so they can be found easily in a single search. Thanks :!: /RogerE :D

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Commiserations to BigSaint on your recent cover from USA with "filleted fish".
Low jinx, not high jinx... BigSaint posted:
There is a young fellow at Brighton Philatelic Society who collects fish but someone filleted these with a biro.
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[Fri May 17, 2019 19:25:05 pm]
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=25147&start=850

I assume the biro enhancement is another example of PEN CANCELS from Australia Post,
just as my Swedish and UK covers [same url, Sat May 18, 2019 11:10:18 am] were treated
within the Australia Post part of their journey to you.
/RogerE :(

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I had an irresistible thought when I read BigSaint's comment about his filleted fish
in connection with my posts on Range of Recent PEN CANCELS by Australia Post.
[See BigSaint's UGLIES post timestamped Fri May 17, 2019 19:25:05pm]:
There is a young fellow at Brighton [Philatelic Society]
I felt sure that this was the start of a limerick.
With apologies to BigSaint and the fish collector,
I've decided to offer the following for light relief:

There was a young fellow from Brighton
Whose favorite author was Blighton.
Marine stamps were his wish
Bred by her book "Great Big Fish",
But all that AusPost cast a blight on.


/RogerE :D

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Roger

I am not sure this young fellow would read such "racist, xenophobic and sexist" literature.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enid_Blyton
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I just made a post elsewhere showing nicely franked parcel pieces,
with excellent cds cancels because the senders had requested neat
cancellation at the PO counters. :D Unfortuately, one of those pieces
(8 May 2019) is also relevant here. :(

Notice that an AusPost pen-canceller struck "OUT!" two of the Cricket stamps
(even though they were neatly cds cancelled), and the pen strike extended over into
the barcode of the Signature on Delivery label — doesn't that prevent scanners
from reading the label for tracking and final handling? :(
/RogerE :D :D

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No Roger. Just makes them harder to read.
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Another UK example recently received

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That is such a pity. Those Victoria stamps pairs are nice. Guess the post office staff cannot read.
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I just came across a PEN CANCELLED cover from March 2019, one month before
I joined Stampboards.

This one contained my March 2019 issue of Stamp News.
Not every philatelic business asks for/receives nice circular datestamps from AusPost:
I can imagine a PO staff member being unwilling to neatly hand-cancel a large number
of such envelopes in a single mailout.

However, philatelists are still paying part of the wages of every AusPost employee.
That should be motivation and justification for treating philatelists as a class of
customers meriting particular attention to their requests.

Remember when larger Post Offices had a special Philatelic Counter, and the one or two staff
members who served at that counter gave patient, professional, pleasing help to collectors?

My PEN CANCELLED by Australia Post cover.

I've just shown the righthand part of the envelope — it was slightly too big for my scanner.
/RogerE

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Battyrat wrote:The last half decent piece was this I got a couple of years back. Half decent because the post office got to work on it on route.

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I'm going to be pedantic again.

1. The Post Office did not "get to work on it en route" - the Post Office failed to apply the normal rules and cancel the stamps on this special delivery item at the counter.

2. Royal Mail have no way of cancelling secure items which are 'caged' at mail centres and delivery offices to keep them secure until the go for delivery. But at some stage in the custody of Royal Mail, the pen was applied as they are entitled to do in the absence of any hand-held cancelling device at these places*. (* There are handstamps at mail centres both for packets and revenue protection purposes, but these would not be adjacent to the secure area.)

The only fault for the absence of the normal postmark lies with Post Office Ltd. It's too late to find out now which branch that was as the tracking number is off the database.
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