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Europe/Great Britain : 1971 Strike Cover

 

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23 Apr 2022
11:08:52am
Wikipedia -- sadly, my only source so far -- says that the 1971 British postal workers' strike gave business to many private couriers.

"Some were genuine commercial services that provided local, national and international deliveries, but many were set up by stamp collectors and stamp dealers to provide philatelic material for collectors." Because it has no addressee, I assume that my cover below was probably the latter.

But does anyone know if the City of London Delivery Service was a legitimate company that had real customers?

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23 Apr 2022
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Earwaves, thats a good question..someone here must have a catalog from the strike...i have these labels from Exeter..now i am wondering whether they are legit.Image Not Found

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23 Apr 2022
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23 Apr 2022
01:27:04pm
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Out of dozens of 1971 Strike Mail covers in my "Sold database", this is the only one I can be absolutely sure is not philatelic in nature (a few others are "maybe", but could just be addressed to collectors).

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23 Apr 2022
09:32:54pm
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Thanks for your thoughts, guys.

At the most recent meeting of the Wisconsin Postal History Society, a member had an improvement on the phrase "philatelically created." He calls such material "philatelically contrived."

In the case of First Day and First Flight covers, though, no one is trying to fool anyone and they at least go through the mail.

Which triggers another question...

Do First-Day cancellations always have to be requested, or if some non-collector happens to mail a letter on that day at the FDOI post office, will it get an FD lines postmark?

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24 Apr 2022
11:38:37am
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Interesting that Roy's courier mail to Toronto went by way of Paris, with a UK/Canada flag sticker and a French postage stamp affixed. Quite a cover!

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24 Apr 2022
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"Interesting that Roy's courier mail to Toronto went by way of Paris, with a UK/Canada flag sticker and a French postage stamp affixed."



That's the way "real" strike mail worked. Private courier service to France, and then French mail to Canada. It is interesting that the courier service had a specialized label for service to Canada. I wonder if they had other versions for other countries.

Other courier services used Netherlands and (I believe) Belgium as a way-point.

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25 Apr 2022
09:12:40am
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"Do First-Day cancellations always have to be requested, or if some non-collector happens to mail a letter on that day at the FDOI post office, will it get an FD lines postmark?"



almost all mail is handled at regional sorting centers; when I give the clerk at my PO an envelope to be delivered to the town clerk down the street, it is first sent to Albany (60 miles north) where it is sorted and sent to the appropriate POs for delivery (in this case, MY PO).

FDCs are cancelled by hand at the local facility where they issued or in the Caves.

I say this by way of indicating that in almost all cases, getting an unrequested OFFICIAL FDC cancel is utterly unlikely. Unofficial ones can happen.
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06 May 2022
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Well, at least I got to have a haircut in the Penny Lane barber shop.
23 Apr 2022
11:08:52am

Wikipedia -- sadly, my only source so far -- says that the 1971 British postal workers' strike gave business to many private couriers.

"Some were genuine commercial services that provided local, national and international deliveries, but many were set up by stamp collectors and stamp dealers to provide philatelic material for collectors." Because it has no addressee, I assume that my cover below was probably the latter.

But does anyone know if the City of London Delivery Service was a legitimate company that had real customers?

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23 Apr 2022
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Earwaves, thats a good question..someone here must have a catalog from the strike...i have these labels from Exeter..now i am wondering whether they are legit.Image Not Found

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23 Apr 2022
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23 Apr 2022
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23 Apr 2022
01:27:04pm

re: 1971 Strike Cover

Out of dozens of 1971 Strike Mail covers in my "Sold database", this is the only one I can be absolutely sure is not philatelic in nature (a few others are "maybe", but could just be addressed to collectors).

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Well, at least I got to have a haircut in the Penny Lane barber shop.
23 Apr 2022
09:32:54pm

re: 1971 Strike Cover

Thanks for your thoughts, guys.

At the most recent meeting of the Wisconsin Postal History Society, a member had an improvement on the phrase "philatelically created." He calls such material "philatelically contrived."

In the case of First Day and First Flight covers, though, no one is trying to fool anyone and they at least go through the mail.

Which triggers another question...

Do First-Day cancellations always have to be requested, or if some non-collector happens to mail a letter on that day at the FDOI post office, will it get an FD lines postmark?

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Well, at least I got to have a haircut in the Penny Lane barber shop.
24 Apr 2022
11:38:37am

re: 1971 Strike Cover

Interesting that Roy's courier mail to Toronto went by way of Paris, with a UK/Canada flag sticker and a French postage stamp affixed. Quite a cover!

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24 Apr 2022
02:01:23pm

re: 1971 Strike Cover

"Interesting that Roy's courier mail to Toronto went by way of Paris, with a UK/Canada flag sticker and a French postage stamp affixed."



That's the way "real" strike mail worked. Private courier service to France, and then French mail to Canada. It is interesting that the courier service had a specialized label for service to Canada. I wonder if they had other versions for other countries.

Other courier services used Netherlands and (I believe) Belgium as a way-point.

Roy
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Editor, Seal News; contributor, JuicyHeads
25 Apr 2022
09:12:40am

re: 1971 Strike Cover

"Do First-Day cancellations always have to be requested, or if some non-collector happens to mail a letter on that day at the FDOI post office, will it get an FD lines postmark?"



almost all mail is handled at regional sorting centers; when I give the clerk at my PO an envelope to be delivered to the town clerk down the street, it is first sent to Albany (60 miles north) where it is sorted and sent to the appropriate POs for delivery (in this case, MY PO).

FDCs are cancelled by hand at the local facility where they issued or in the Caves.

I say this by way of indicating that in almost all cases, getting an unrequested OFFICIAL FDC cancel is utterly unlikely. Unofficial ones can happen.
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Well, at least I got to have a haircut in the Penny Lane barber shop.
06 May 2022
11:10:35am

re: 1971 Strike Cover

Unrelated image for Charlie in Messages:

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