KGVI Wartime slogans

Machine postmarks with slogans

This is an area of specialised collecting, and there is a handbook, which we do not possess, giving details of when the slogans were in use, how many dies were used for each of them (when known). We have very few of these, but thought they should be included. The first two examples are local posts within Exeter.

slogan Help to win

This example is on an envelope with the 1d value of the 1940 commemorative issue for the centenary of the adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black. The date stamp is EXETER, DEVON 6.30 pm 8 JLY 1940. This one was in use in both 1940 and 1941, and there were 50 known dies for the one in use in 1940.The slogan is in three lines,
HELP TO WIN
ON THE
KITCHEN FRONT

GROW MORE FOOD DIG FOR VICTORY

The date stamp is also Exeter, but this time with no time slug just the date 23 DEC 1940. This has the 1d red basic definitive value stamp. There were 50 known dies of this one as well in 1940, and it was also used in 1941. The slogan is in two lines
GROW MORE FOOD
DIG FOR VICTORY

SAVE WASTE PAPER METALS BONES RAGS

This has the same basic 1d red definitive stamp with the slogan in three lines,
SAVE WASTE
PAPER METALS
BONES RAGS
and was posted in London addressed to Exeter. The date stamp is LONDON G 3.45pm 27 FEB 1941. This was used in 1940 and 1941 and there were also 50 dies of this example used in 1941

The next one is different, is does not have a slogan in words but is the machine cancellation used to celebrate the end of the Second World War - this one is for the end of the war in Europe. The date stamp shows SANDOWN ISLE OF WIGHT 4.45 pm 15 May 1945.

Victory cancellation

The image is of two bells, with a letter V between them, set in between 5 wavy lines, the 1st, 3rd and 5th of which are partially dotted.

The surprising thing about this example is that there were 400 known dies of this Victory cancellation. The example in the Dr. Whitney book of Collect British Postmarks shows the 2nd and 4th wavy lines with dotted breaks at the right of the two bells, which is not shown on our example.


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