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Europe/Great Britain : I.D. for this?

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Mavakay78
08 Aug 2017
01:40:28pm
Hi, please help me identify? Thank you.Image Not Found

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smauggie
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08 Aug 2017
02:10:04pm
re: I.D. for this?

It is a cutout from an early Great Britain postage meter.

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To learn more about them you can visit: The International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog (Great Britain Section)


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Mavakay78
08 Aug 2017
02:49:03pm
re: I.D. for this?

Great! Thank you! That was fast! I was assuming it was a meter stamp but I could not tell for sure. Probably not worth much, especially without the whole piece, but thank you, I can move on now.

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08 Aug 2017
02:53:20pm
re: I.D. for this?

True, no value, but I always liked that 3D style design.

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Mavakay78
08 Aug 2017
06:32:36pm
re: I.D. for this?

Oh yes..quite illusional I think..lol. thank you again..Happy.

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Winedrinker
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08 Aug 2017
08:24:57pm
re: I.D. for this?

Just trying to claw my way out of my own ignorance here: the 1/2 penny would indicate something other than a standard letter I presume. Postcard or newspaper? Or something else?

And the time stamp of 6:30 PM -- did that indicate folks were still plugging away at the post office at that time?

Lastly, that is indeed an attractive postmark, or meter mark if you will. Reminds me of an on-rushing train in a Poirot mystery.

Cheers,
Eric


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smauggie
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08 Aug 2017
10:39:37pm
re: I.D. for this?

Yes, a meter, not a postmark. Keep in mind that meters were predominantly used at places of business, not at post offices. So the place of business was still operating at the time that particular meter impression was made.

There may have been a discounted rate for using meters, or it may have been for local (within the city) delivery.

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09 Aug 2017
07:19:30am
re: I.D. for this?

if British meter development followed American development, the 20s are its infancy and meters were not adjustable. They paid a single fee: 3c, 2d, etc. So, if you needed to pay mutliple different rates, you'd need different meter slugs. it's likely the business carried a 1d and a 1/2d slug, and would use as many of each as needed; say 2x 1d and 1x 1/2 to make the 2 1/2 rate (I'm making up that rate for illustrative purposes)


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