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[*] posted on 17-12-2018 at 09:38 PM


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Here's a scan of the Post Museum cancellation I had sent to myself: https://forum.postcrossing.com/viewthread.php?tid=115495#pid9059231
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And how do these hand stamps work? Do you have to mail your post to the handstamp centre or can you go there in person and present the post?
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[*] posted on 17-12-2018 at 10:41 PM


Quote: Originally posted by michiel071  
Quote: Originally posted by klaus3428  
Here's a scan of the Post Museum cancellation I had sent to myself: https://forum.postcrossing.com/viewthread.php?tid=115495#pid9059231
Can't upload on this thread.


And how do these hand stamps work? Do you have to mail your post to the handstamp centre or can you go there in person and present the post?


You can visit the museum - they have a postbox there (no postal services though only a "post & go" vending machine) - minimum first class postage required (£0.67 UK or £1.25 Europe & rest of world.

Or you can send items with the correct postage affixed for hand stamp cancellation to the relevant processing centre. This applies to permanent cancels as this one or others that are available, or one-off specials.

Please refer to the postmark bulletin on this link https://www.royalmail.com/personal/stamps-collectibles-gifts/postmar...

Of course requesting hand cancellation by post is more expensive, especially from outside the UK. I hope to send more cards from the museum as I can reach it easily on the Underground (from my office).
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[*] posted on 18-12-2018 at 04:36 AM


May I ask a question about how special postmark works in UK?

for example the Harry Potter special postmarks https://www.royalmail.com/business/sites/default/files/2018-11-30-po... here say December 4, 2018 on them, does that mean I have to send my postcards (with sufficient stamps) in before that date, or is there a certain time frame I get for that postmark?

thank you :)
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[*] posted on 18-12-2018 at 07:45 AM


Quote: Originally posted by klaus3428  
Quote: Originally posted by michiel071  
Quote: Originally posted by klaus3428  
Here's a scan of the Post Museum cancellation I had sent to myself: https://forum.postcrossing.com/viewthread.php?tid=115495#pid9059231
Can't upload on this thread.


And how do these hand stamps work? Do you have to mail your post to the handstamp centre or can you go there in person and present the post?


You can visit the museum - they have a postbox there (no postal services though only a "post & go" vending machine) - minimum first class postage required (£0.67 UK or £1.25 Europe & rest of world.

Or you can send items with the correct postage affixed for hand stamp cancellation to the relevant processing centre. This applies to permanent cancels as this one or others that are available, or one-off specials.

Please refer to the postmark bulletin on this link https://www.royalmail.com/personal/stamps-collectibles-gifts/postmar...

Of course requesting hand cancellation by post is more expensive, especially from outside the UK. I hope to send more cards from the museum as I can reach it easily on the Underground (from my office).


Thanks. I sometimes visit the UK and I was a bit disappointed with the cancellations if you put mail in the red postbox, sometimes they cancel the stamps with a biro or marker pen, especially the larger items. The machine-processed mail gets a machine cancellation, which often doesn't cancel all the stamps. In future I will mail the items to the hand-cancellation centre.
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[*] posted on 18-12-2018 at 10:44 AM


Quote: Originally posted by peipei  
May I ask a question about how special postmark works in UK?

for example the Harry Potter special postmarks https://www.royalmail.com/business/sites/default/files/2018-11-30-po... here say December 4, 2018 on them, does that mean I have to send my postcards (with sufficient stamps) in before that date, or is there a certain time frame I get for that postmark?

thank you :)


AFAIK, You need to send items in time for the advertised date, or date range of use.
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[*] posted on 23-12-2018 at 04:48 PM


Quote: Originally posted by klaus3428  
Quote: Originally posted by peipei  
May I ask a question about how special postmark works in UK?

for example the Harry Potter special postmarks https://www.royalmail.com/business/sites/default/files/2018-11-30-po... here say December 4, 2018 on them, does that mean I have to send my postcards (with sufficient stamps) in before that date, or is there a certain time frame I get for that postmark?

thank you :)


AFAIK, You need to send items in time for the advertised date, or date range of use.


okay, thank you :)
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[*] posted on 4-1-2019 at 06:13 PM


Quote: Originally posted by michiel071  
Quote: Originally posted by klaus3428  
Quote: Originally posted by michiel071  
Quote: Originally posted by klaus3428  
Here's a scan of the Post Museum cancellation I had sent to myself: https://forum.postcrossing.com/viewthread.php?tid=115495#pid9059231
Can't upload on this thread.


And how do these hand stamps work? Do you have to mail your post to the handstamp centre or can you go there in person and present the post?


You can visit the museum - they have a postbox there (no postal services though only a "post & go" vending machine) - minimum first class postage required (£0.67 UK or £1.25 Europe & rest of world.

Or you can send items with the correct postage affixed for hand stamp cancellation to the relevant processing centre. This applies to permanent cancels as this one or others that are available, or one-off specials.

Please refer to the postmark bulletin on this link https://www.royalmail.com/personal/stamps-collectibles-gifts/postmar...

Of course requesting hand cancellation by post is more expensive, especially from outside the UK. I hope to send more cards from the museum as I can reach it easily on the Underground (from my office).


Thanks. I sometimes visit the UK and I was a bit disappointed with the cancellations if you put mail in the red postbox, sometimes they cancel the stamps with a biro or marker pen, especially the larger items. The machine-processed mail gets a machine cancellation, which often doesn't cancel all the stamps. In future I will mail the items to the hand-cancellation centre.


It worked. I still had some British stamps, so I prepared a letter for a special postmark and I sent it to the Royal Mail in London (from the Netherlands). Today I got it back, with the Mount Pleasant hand stamps.

See here for the postmarks:
https://flic.kr/p/23oCFpv
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[*] posted on 4-1-2019 at 06:18 PM


Great !!

Did you send the envelope with the stamps in an envelope to this address ?

Northern Special Handstamp Centre
Royal Mail Tallents House
21 South Gyle Crescent
EDINBURGH
EH12 9PB

Quote: Originally posted by michiel071  
Quote: Originally posted by michiel071  
Quote: Originally posted by klaus3428  
Quote: Originally posted by michiel071  
Quote: Originally posted by klaus3428  
Here's a scan of the Post Museum cancellation I had sent to myself: https://forum.postcrossing.com/viewthread.php?tid=115495#pid9059231
Can't upload on this thread.


And how do these hand stamps work? Do you have to mail your post to the handstamp centre or can you go there in person and present the post?


You can visit the museum - they have a postbox there (no postal services though only a "post & go" vending machine) - minimum first class postage required (£0.67 UK or £1.25 Europe & rest of world.

Or you can send items with the correct postage affixed for hand stamp cancellation to the relevant processing centre. This applies to permanent cancels as this one or others that are available, or one-off specials.

Please refer to the postmark bulletin on this link https://www.royalmail.com/personal/stamps-collectibles-gifts/postmar...

Of course requesting hand cancellation by post is more expensive, especially from outside the UK. I hope to send more cards from the museum as I can reach it easily on the Underground (from my office).


Thanks. I sometimes visit the UK and I was a bit disappointed with the cancellations if you put mail in the red postbox, sometimes they cancel the stamps with a biro or marker pen, especially the larger items. The machine-processed mail gets a machine cancellation, which often doesn't cancel all the stamps. In future I will mail the items to the hand-cancellation centre.


It worked. I still had some British stamps, so I prepared a letter for a special postmark and I sent it to the Royal Mail in London (from the Netherlands). Today I got it back, with the Mount Pleasant hand stamps.

See here for the postmarks:
[url]https://flic.kr/p/23oCFpv
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[*] posted on 4-1-2019 at 06:33 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Jette  
Great !!

Did you send the envelope with the stamps in an envelope to this address ?

Northern Special Handstamp Centre
Royal Mail Tallents House
21 South Gyle Crescent
EDINBURGH
EH12 9PB



No, I sent it to the Special Handstamp Centre at Mount Pleasant in London: London Special Handstamp Centre
Royal Mail, Mount Pleasant, Farringdon Road, LONDON, EC1A 1BB.
Also because many years ago (in the 1990s) I was shown around the Mount Pleasant sorting office.
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[*] posted on 4-1-2019 at 06:40 PM


Quote: Originally posted by michiel071  
Quote: Originally posted by Jette  
Great !!

Did you send the envelope with the stamps in an envelope to this address ?

Northern Special Handstamp Centre
Royal Mail Tallents House
21 South Gyle Crescent
EDINBURGH
EH12 9PB



No, I sent it to the Special Handstamp Centre at Mount Pleasant in London: London Special Handstamp Centre
Royal Mail, Mount Pleasant, Farringdon Road, LONDON, EC1A 1BB.
Also because many years ago (in the 1990s) I was shown around the Mount Pleasant sorting office.



Thank you for the address :) .
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[*] posted on 4-1-2019 at 09:16 PM


@michiel071

Well done with that cover and the Mount Pleasant postmark. I like that style of handstamp - traditional. With all the complaints about Royal Mail when they get it right they get it right! The stamps are very familiar - from a bygone era.
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[*] posted on 5-1-2019 at 03:56 PM


Hello guys! I have question about postcards from British military territories. I will visit Cyprus next week and I would love to use option to send mail from Akrotiri if that is possible. Do you have any information about that? I am wondering if its possible to use local post service at base for tourists?
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[*] posted on 5-1-2019 at 06:39 PM


The UK bases on Cyprus are of course of a military nature and highly sensitive. Nobody is allowed entry without special permission - that's quite normal. I found a pre-arrival guide from the Cyprus base however that is/was only for authorised personal. Chapter 2 gives some details of postal services - not a lot of detail.
https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20121109055435/http://www...
I live very near a military base and the nearest I ever got was the road barrier manned by armed military police. If you aree adventurous you could try and ask at the gate of the base in Cyprus.
Note that even if you managed to post something from BFPO Cyprus the postmark will not give any geographical information, for security reasons of course.
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[*] posted on 6-1-2019 at 07:19 AM


Thank you, now its more clear to me! :)
Quote: Originally posted by klaus3428  
The UK bases on Cyprus are of course of a military nature and highly sensitive. Nobody is allowed entry without special permission - that's quite normal. I found a pre-arrival guide from the Cyprus base however that is/was only for authorised personal. Chapter 2 gives some details of postal services - not a lot of detail.
https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20121109055435/http://www...
I live very near a military base and the nearest I ever got was the road barrier manned by armed military police. If you aree adventurous you could try and ask at the gate of the base in Cyprus.
Note that even if you managed to post something from BFPO Cyprus the postmark will not give any geographical information, for security reasons of course.
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[*] posted on 27-1-2019 at 05:22 PM


Royal Mail Postmark Bulletin - Feb 2019

https://www.royalmail.com/business/system/files/2019-01-25-postmarks...

There are a number of special postmarks available for the Spring STAMPEX event.
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[*] posted on 29-1-2019 at 01:22 PM


Royal Mail narrows profit guidance as Brits set to send fewer letters than expected next year

If you are interested in these things - would expect higher postal charges (again) and further reduction in post office locations.

http://www.cityam.com/272361/royal-mail-cuts-upper-profit-guidance-...
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[*] posted on 4-2-2019 at 08:58 PM


Consumers could be prosecuted for reusing second-hand stamps as a vast online market is revealed

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/30/consumers-could-prosecut...

Just discovered an envelope which has 2 x "First Class Large" stamps not cancelled, current value £1.10 each - I have been warned ...

Also the UK Charities Commission recently issued guidance to charities relating to sales of used stamps:

https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/charity-commission-warns-fundrai...
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[*] posted on 12-2-2019 at 11:56 AM
How much to send a postcard and what do I need?


I am new to sending postcards and I understand it costs £1.25 to send to anywhere in the world is this correct. I shall buy a ton of stamps to equal £1.25 but do I also need to buy airmail stickers? Thank you
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Quote: Originally posted by emmajayne  
I am new to sending postcards and I understand it costs £1.25 to send to anywhere in the world is this correct. I shall buy a ton of stamps to equal £1.25 but do I also need to buy airmail stickers? Thank you


Correct - good to know: First Class stamp (68p) + Second Class (57p) = £1.25. I think you may be able to get also a single stamp for £1.25 if in stock. Air Mail stickers are not necessary as most mail goes by air anyway (and they are normally free) - but I like them as it's traditional - it's called "International Standard" these days.

There's also an "International Economy" which costs £1.10 - it's supposed to take longer but not by much in my experience - no label required.

For reference: https://www.royalmail.com/sites/default/files/Our-prices-2018-effect...

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[*] posted on 12-2-2019 at 12:51 PM


Thank you so much x
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[*] posted on 18-2-2019 at 07:27 PM


@emmiejayne - just be aware that postage costs are likely to go up soon - nothing announced as yet but I assume there'll be a price hike in march like last year. So maybe don't buy too many £1.25 stamps.
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Quote: Originally posted by vjr123  
@emmiejayne - just be aware that postage costs are likely to go up soon - nothing announced as yet but I assume there'll be a price hike in march like last year. So maybe don't buy too many £1.25 stamps.

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Just received a mailshot from Royal Mail advising an increase in postage rates from 25. March 2018:

Domestic:
First Class (letters up to 100g) from £0.68 to £0.71
Second Class (100g) from £0.57 to £0.60

Europe:
Letters/cards (up to 20g) from £1.25 to £1.35

Rest of World:
Letters/cards (up to 10g) from £1.25 tp £1.35
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[*] posted on 22-2-2019 at 12:08 PM


Nooooo, first and second class stamps won't match anymore... :(
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[*] posted on 23-2-2019 at 10:04 AM


And economy (up to 20g, outside Europe only) is up to £1.20

Full list of prices here. (Expand the first section, then click the first link to download.)
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[*] posted on 23-2-2019 at 02:54 PM


Royal Mail postage increases - the sequel:

Royal Mail 'sorry' for raising stamp price above cap
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47331801
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