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General Philatelic/Identify This? : Great Britain Precancel???

 

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Dakota
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12 Feb 2021
06:38:34pm
I found these stamps in some Kiloware. Are they a precancel or what? ThanksImage Not Found

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Brechinite

12 Feb 2021
06:51:07pm

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re: Great Britain Precancel???

They are not precancels.

At one time when you paid a bill, the receipt would have a 2d stamp added and the bill would be signed as paid.
To ensure that employees did not use the stamps for other purposes the company would print the company name on the stamps.
These stamps were used similar to Perfins but with the company name on them they should not have been used as postage on mail.

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12 Feb 2021
07:03:13pm
re: Great Britain Precancel???

In Canada we call those British stamps "Commercial Overprints".

David
Ottawa, Canada

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Dakota
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12 Feb 2021
07:34:46pm
re: Great Britain Precancel???

Thanks for the quick response. I found these in some Danish kiloware that I purchased.

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13 Feb 2021
08:34:37am
re: Great Britain Precancel???

The fact that they are cancelled with "PAID" indicates that they came off of receipts, and were used for Revenue purposes (not postage), supporting Brechinite's comments.

Note that the stamp has dual purposes, as indicated by the "Postage / Revenue" inscription.

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sheepshanks
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13 Feb 2021
09:26:01am
re: Great Britain Precancel???

The overprint looks to read "Cheltenham Corporation" which would be a local town council and was probably from a rates receipt.
They can be found with overprints from most towns as well as from electricity, gas boards and water supply businesses.

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nigelc
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13 Feb 2021
09:57:01am
re: Great Britain Precancel???

Here are some examples of other British Commercial Overprints from my collection:

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The tax was originally fixed at 1d, then increased to 2d and stayed the same until the tax was abolished shortly before decimalisation.

Commercial overprints can also be found on some higher values to pay taxes on hire purchase agreements, insurance policies etc.

This is a great site dedicated to these stamps:

https://commercialoverprints.com/

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13 Feb 2021
10:09:24am
re: Great Britain Precancel???

Stamp used as revenue on receipt.

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Dakota

12 Feb 2021
06:38:34pm

I found these stamps in some Kiloware. Are they a precancel or what? ThanksImage Not Found

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Brechinite

12 Feb 2021
06:51:07pm

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re: Great Britain Precancel???

They are not precancels.

At one time when you paid a bill, the receipt would have a 2d stamp added and the bill would be signed as paid.
To ensure that employees did not use the stamps for other purposes the company would print the company name on the stamps.
These stamps were used similar to Perfins but with the company name on them they should not have been used as postage on mail.

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12 Feb 2021
07:03:13pm

re: Great Britain Precancel???

In Canada we call those British stamps "Commercial Overprints".

David
Ottawa, Canada

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Dakota

12 Feb 2021
07:34:46pm

re: Great Britain Precancel???

Thanks for the quick response. I found these in some Danish kiloware that I purchased.

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13 Feb 2021
08:34:37am

re: Great Britain Precancel???

The fact that they are cancelled with "PAID" indicates that they came off of receipts, and were used for Revenue purposes (not postage), supporting Brechinite's comments.

Note that the stamp has dual purposes, as indicated by the "Postage / Revenue" inscription.

Roy

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sheepshanks

13 Feb 2021
09:26:01am

re: Great Britain Precancel???

The overprint looks to read "Cheltenham Corporation" which would be a local town council and was probably from a rates receipt.
They can be found with overprints from most towns as well as from electricity, gas boards and water supply businesses.

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nigelc

13 Feb 2021
09:57:01am

re: Great Britain Precancel???

Here are some examples of other British Commercial Overprints from my collection:

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The tax was originally fixed at 1d, then increased to 2d and stayed the same until the tax was abolished shortly before decimalisation.

Commercial overprints can also be found on some higher values to pay taxes on hire purchase agreements, insurance policies etc.

This is a great site dedicated to these stamps:

https://commercialoverprints.com/

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smauggie

13 Feb 2021
10:09:24am

re: Great Britain Precancel???

Stamp used as revenue on receipt.

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