Wednesday 10 November 2021

November postmark slogans - and other interesting postmarks.

In November the slogan postmark scene starts of with the climate change continuation from October, as COP26 is still running in Glasgow.  But as expected the Remembrance Day slogan follows quickly.

All slogan postmarks will be shown here for November; please check for latest updates before spending your time scanning, but if you have something new or another format, then please do send it in for publication.

Recognising the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, otherwise known as COP26, Royal Mail introduced a new slogan in October which continued into November.  The example shown is from Nottingham Mail Centre on 01/11/2021.

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UN Climate Change Conference slogan used atNottingham 01/11/2021


UPDATE 9 November.  As predicted Royal Mail have produced a slogan for the annual observance of Armistice Day.  I don't know whether there will also be one for Remembrance Sunday.  Examples here from Northern Ireland Mail Centre 08/11/2021 and Jubilee Mail Centre 08-11-2021. Thanks to KD for the NI, and one of our correspondents from NW London.

Lest We Forget.
Armistice Day

11 November 2021

UPDATE 12 November. Silly of me to think that Royal Mail might keep the Lest We Forget slogan running until post is delivered before Remembrance Day.  But they have decided to start the 'Post Early' campaign two weeks earlier than last year, but repeating the same slogan.

Shop Early,
Send Early this

Thanks to Trevor for sending this example from Exeter Mail Centre dated 10-11-2021.

Shop Early, Send Early this Christmas slogan, Exeter Mail Centre 10-11-2021.

UPDATE 15 November.
MM sends this example in the other layout from Nottingham Mail Centre 12/11/2021

Shop Early, Send Early this Christmas slogan, Nottingham Mail Centre 12/11/2021.

UPDATE 27 November:   JG has sent a third version of this slogan which ought to be the same as Exeter above but has the text arranged on three lines.  This is from Medway MC on 23-11-2021

Shop Early, Send Early slogan on three lines, Medway MC 23-11-2021


The Unusual.

AB has sent this picture of an unusual and irregular anonymous 'postmark' on a piece of Condition 9 Access mail (aka bulk mail).  Similar to test pieces used by engineering, this one identifies the machine as ILSM 1 and the use on 25-10-2021.  

ILSM1 'test' type impression on live bulk mail.

We last covered one of these in May 2018 and remarked on the similarity to Engineering Test Pieces.

UPDATE November 15:   PA tells us that 

"There are actually two somewhat similar versions used by the iLSMs. I think this is the preflight image for checking that the tag/route codes and postmark are printing clearly (not that they bother much about the latter!). The other version is a default image when no instruction image has been given.

"    When a fresh tray of mail is placed on the sorter an instruction is given (via a barcode) as to what type of mail has been added – In this case it should have been told ‘C9 mail’ and then it would know that no cancellation was to be applied - clearly the wrong instruction was given."
AB sent further pictures, of the red barcode applied for mail routing.  PA used his contacts to provide this information:

it is confirmed as ‘Peterborough iLSM1’ (tag 410, day 25, time 29, item 00126). The Z confirms the time quoted is GMT, hence the time is 29th half hour GMT. 
Tag codes are always in GMT, whereas the time normally printed is BST when relevant.

Remember, all postmarks appearing in November will be added to this post, so check here before you spend time scanning and emailing.  I'll try to add new ones as quickly as possible.

And get ready for the back-up use of Universals during the Christmas posting season!

1 comment:

  1. I've only just noticed that the wavy lines have been reduced to three.
    I think that they have always been an odd number, nine for many recent years and five on the postmens' 'plonker' for example.

    I've got a similar 'test' type impression on a meter franked envelope from a few years ago.


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