Monday 8 January 2024

January 2024 slogan postmarks and other interesting postal markings.

Last year Royal Mail were concentrating on the invalidation of Machin definitives (originally January) and the slogan postmark in use at the turn of the year reminded us of that.  

The first new slogan marked Holocaust Memorial Day - and that is likely to be the case again this year.

Meanwhile the current default slogan is for Royal Mail's staff-chosen charity, the British Heart Foundation.  

The slogan has the BHF logo and web address.  The first example in the new year is from Dorset & S.W. Hants mail centre 03-01-2024, thanks to JH.

British Heart
Royal Mail supporting
heart health with

BHF slogan from Dorset & S.W. Hants 03-01-2024

The annual Holocaust Memorial Day slogan is in use this week. Royal Mail announced this on social media and their 'proof' clearly shows the time as 8pm rather than 4pm last year.  

Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 slogan publicity image

This is useful because I received two examples from Norwich Mail Centre this morning dated 23 and 24-01-2024 in which the time looks more like 2 or 3!

Holocaust Memorial Day
Light a candle
in your window
8pm 27 January 2024

Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 slogan at Norwich Mail Centre 23-01-2024

UPDATE 29 January: Thanks to OT for this better (but still same format) copy of the slogan from Jubilee Mail Centre 25-01-2024

Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 slogan at Jubilee Mail Centre 25-01-2024

A final showing of the standard BHF slogan (see February for the change) in the other layout, from Cumbria Dumfries & Galloway on 29/01/2024.  Nice to see an £2.20 airmail rate Christmas stamp.

BHF slogan from Cumbria Dumfries & Galloway 29/01/2024


A reader in Canada has sent me a photo of "A nice cancel from a local post office" - in fact, MY local post office of Dereham Norfolk, although I didn't send it.  It gives me the opportunity show a similar cancel from a different self-inking datestamp at the same branch.  The one with code E has not had the year rolled over to 2024 instead reading 05. JA 23.

UPDATE. The same correspondent has provided this nice clear self-inking-datestamp impression from Wolviston, which is "is a village and civil parish within the borough of Stockton-on-Tees and the ceremonial county of County Durham, England. The population of the civil parish as of the 2011 census was 877 (Wikipedia).  

They are lucky in still having a post office, and even luckier that the people working there know that they should cancel the stamps on large letters!

Wolviston self-inking-datestamp 15 January 2024.

A very picturesque post office!

Wolviston Village Post Office (Google)

Any more, anyone?

If you have any other slogans used this month, or any other interesting postal markings, please send them to the email address in the top right of this blog.  Thank you.

Remember, all postmarks appearing in January 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.

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