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jmh67
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25 Aug 2020
05:27:46am
I've been busy putting together a list of abbreviations commonly found in postmarks and their meanings, starting with items in my possession. Most of them I could easily interpret, but there are some I am not quite sure about. Any help is appreciated.

What do the following ones mean?

A.P.C.
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APO
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CFC
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SLO (might just be an abbreviation of the place name)
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Thanks in advance, Martin


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amsd
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25 Aug 2020
07:47:46am
re: Abbreviations in postmarks

Martin,

the APO on a US cover would be Army Post Office. I think the Brits use FPO (field, not fleet), but maybe that's an American base? these are guesses

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jillcrow
25 Aug 2020
11:32:25pm
re: Abbreviations in postmarks

CFC = Culler Facer Canceller


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nigelc
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26 Aug 2020
12:18:43pm
re: Abbreviations in postmarks

APC = Automated Processing Centre

I suspect the Watford postmark is also "APC".

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27 Aug 2020
12:25:30am
re: Abbreviations in postmarks

I believe you're right, Nigel. I spent about a half hour doing research on US bases in the UK. It was interesting, but I did not find any base in Watford post WWII.

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jmh67
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27 Aug 2020
01:36:17am
re: Abbreviations in postmarks

Thank you so far! Two down, one (or two?) to go.

Based on your comments I would guess that APO could stand for "Automated Post Office" although I have only found this designation in a US and Canada context. Did it also exist in the UK?

Martin

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mozzerb
13 Oct 2020
06:09:40am
re: Abbreviations in postmarks

I agree they're both "APC" -- those postmarks don't always strike well. You do see "APO" used for Army Post Office sometimes, but those are numbered, not with a specific place name.

"CFC" is Culler-Facer-Canceller as stated -- a type of mail processing machine that Culls oversize packets for manual processing, Faces the remaining letters so that the stamps are top right (which normally gets the addresses all facing the same way too) and Cancels the stamps. The "A" is simply a code to identify the particular machine.

"MLO" is Mechanised Letter Office.

The "SLO" is I think a slightly poorly struck "SL 0-9" -- i.e. the range of postcode areas covered by the sorting office.

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