Just when we thought there could be nothing else to report on the birds, a report from Cambridge that Birds 1 was in use in machine 2 this week. They were probably loaded in the machine on 23rd/24th, and were probably exhausted late on 25th or during 26th.
This is a set produced on 25 January.
Our reporter writes: "Normal usage is 95-100 transactions per day (and is remarkably constant)
and there were 193 transactions in a day and a half. So someone may
have bought a number of strips with individual receipts."
Despite our best endeavours (thanks John and Richard) we didn't manage to get any of these for our customers - yet. Apparently the person who loaded these into the machine "wasn't aware that it was old stock, or that the stamps were different from the current birds stamps." So if Cambridge can have some old birds hidden in a back-office, so could other Birds 1 offices!
Recycling in the RSFSR - Click on Images to Magnify Here is a March 1923 commercial registered cover from Petrograd to Berlin, the stamps cancelled with an oval railway station ...