Evening Duty p7

General Post — Inland office — Evening Duty 1830-1840

In 1830, a further change was made by transposing the month and the code letter. This was in use for ten years, and in this time variations occurred. In some stamps there was a hyphen between the month and the day, and the lettering was not always the same, some having thicker lettering than others. This is to be expected because, as previously explained, they were recut frequently, and it would not be possible to have completely identical stamps in those circumstances over that period of time.

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Like the previous example, this evening duty stamp is of the type in use from 1830-1840, with serif letters, code letter above the month, and in this case also a hyphen between the month (December) and the date (the fifth).
The other two stamps show that it was transferred to the London Twopenny Post the next morning for delivery in Lombard Street. The morning duty stamp shown in red was applied by the Westminster office, where the black '2' was applied to indicate 2d must be paid on delivery.

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This very clear strike of this type of stamp, has a hyphen between the month and the day, but it could be, in this case because there is only one figure in the date, i.e. AP -2 1834. The red stamp is the 'morning duty' stamp of the London Twopenny Post, Westminster office of the next day, April 3rd.
It is of historical interest to note that the black border shows this was a 'mourning' letter, and the black wax seal used has a figure of The Grim Reaper, with the words 'NOT LOST BUT GONE BEFORE clearly visible around the rim. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to scan a successful image of such a black wax seal.

no hyphen in date     hyphen included

These two examples show that even with 2 figures in the date, sometimes a hyphen was included and sometimes not.

Copyright 2002 E. J. Shanahan

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