Friday, 29 May 2015

Set of stamps picturing closed Post Office branches

Although the programme of Post Office branch closures has reduced in recent years, the move to the 'local' system of combining an existing self-standing branch into a local mini-market or other shop to the detriment of the established Postmaster, who loses his livelihood, continues unabated.  (See This is Money)

This A4 poster was spotted recently in a local church hall.  I have no idea when it was produced, or where.  But it is quite clever.  Does anybody know if actual 'stamps' were produced?  They would be cinderellas, of course, but they would be quite collectable!


UPDATE 31 May 2015
It was reported in the GBPS Newsletter 303 as having appeared in Private Eye for 27 Oct–9 Nov 2006. And from the 'comments' below (thank you Adrian):
Not sure about the bottom left, but the other post offices (clockwise from top left) are:

1. Ludford, Lincolnshire
2. Hixon, Staffordshire
3. Clovelly, Devon



12 comments:

  1. Was this perhaps produced in Neasden?

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  2. Or Newcastle-under-Lyme? (My original home town.)

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  3. This bought a smile to my face. Very clever, although of course, Royal Mail has nothing to do with Post Offices any more than the GPO has anything to do with British Telecom any more. Not to mention the fact that you can't buy the stamps that you want in Post Offices, anyway! Those days are long gone.....

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  4. If no stamps have been produced, I'm sure some will be now!

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  5. Not sure about the bottom left, but the other post offices (clockwise from top left) are:

    1. Ludford, Lincolnshire
    2. Hixon, Staffordshire
    3. Clovelly, Devon

    Is anyone able to identify the last one?

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  6. Neasden under Lyme in the Black Country? Not the Black Country I grew up in!

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  7. Love it!!!!

    Ron Knee (59)

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  8. Sid and Doris Bonkers2 June 2015 at 18:04

    They should stamp out this sort of thing!

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  9. And the missing one from my list (bottom left) is Pentraeth, Anglesey.

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  10. The photo for the bottom right stamp was taken outside the Clovelly Post Office in Higher Clovelly, in 1936. The local postman, Roy Fisher, is accepting sacks of local post from the Bideford van. This was then loaded onto the post-donkey (!), which was vital to efficient and regular deliveries in this isolated village in North Devon. Those were the days ...

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