Friday 3 August 2018

August slogan postmarks

August gets off to a flying start with the first slogan postmark being another literary one. 

Again, our thanks to MB, who has regular mail from the North West Midlands Mail Centre at Wolverhampton, for this example posted on 2 August

Henry Perry
Winner of the 2018
Wainwright Prize
UK Nature &
Travel Writing

I have been told (thanks JE) that Henry Perry didn't win the prize, the winner was Adam Nicolson, for his book The Seabird’s Cry
Apparently Henry Perry is a Royal Mail External Relations Manager and the Postmark Programme Manager, whose name was presumably used in drafting the slogan text, and it was the draft which was transmitted to Mail Centres.

8 August 2018:   What may be the first in a series has been sent by DP.  Unfortunately it is on a Post and Go stamp so the date details are unclear, although Norwich can be clearly discerned.  There will be others around to confirm the date of use, I'm sure.

First World War

This one is also from Norwich, on a letter I posted yesterday 7 August to a customer.   This was a c5 envelope and although the overall height of the Royal Mail/wavy line portion seems to be the same, the lettering on at least the first two lines of the slogan are noticeably larger.

We now have some better examples of the Amiens 100 slogan, all used on 8 August 2018. First the small example from Aberdeen (not often represented here); the large example from Swindon; and the other layout from Romford Mail Centres.

Update 21 August:  Today I had an incomplete but identifiable Amiens100 postmark from Cumbria Dumfries & Galloway dated 20 August.  This is either a late usage, or this has been an unusually long campaign.  Does anybody have any other dates since the start of the campaign? 
++ I've been told of another that is dated yesterday, from Romford. ++

Update 29 August:  BM has sent this clear postmark from Gatwick MC on 24 August nicely placed on a WWI stamp - but then ruined by unnecessary marker pen vandalism by Royal Mail.


Update 31 August - received another today from Southampton, Portsmouth & IOW dated 29/08/2018.

Looks like we may not get any more slogans in August....... except late uses.

UPDATE 31 August: Thanks to HW who has sent the Tyneside example of RA250 used on 29 August!

As usual, all August slogans will be added to this post, so please check here to save your time scanning slogans which have already been reported.


  1. I thought the prize went to Adam Nicolson for The Seabird’s Cry.

  2. Out of interest, the winner of the prize was Adam Nicolson. Henry Perry is not even a writer, he is the Royal Mail's press officer. Perhaps this ridiculous error should make the slogan more collectable.

  3. Chester & North Wales 18/8/18 - Aniem 100
    Edinburgh 20/8/18 - Royal Mail/supporting youth/mental health with/Action for Children

  4. I have the Leeds version (North & West Yorkshire) in my postal history of Leeds collection. I was extremely puzzled when I looked for the winner before I wrote it up. Good job that I found this excellent blog!


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