It's been mentioned before that some PO branches hadn't really taken any notice of which Birds rolls they were loading into the Post and Go machines, and I suppose that was especially important if they were busy.
Well maybe the Central PO in Bath has run out of Machin Faststamps - because they were using the Sheep (due for issue on 24 February) yesterday:
Thanks to Robert for this fine example - his other one didn't get a postmark - still time to repost it and try again for an early posting example!
Note that Bath is also using the original font, which means that the Worldwide 10g stamp will be printed with no weight on, and all service indicators and branch/session codes will overlap the picture.
Please let us know if you see any early uses from Bath (when did they actually start) or anywhere else!
UPDATE: Malcolm reports more sheep were let loose at Farnham and were on sale on Saturday 18th February. These were the standard (by which I think he means new) font.
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