London Post — Morning duty date stamps 1787 onwards.
These were usually applied to incoming mail at the Chief Office because of the arrival and departure times of the mail coaches. For this reason, much of this mail would be addressed for delivery in London. It could however be in transit through London. In both these cases the date stamps would be applied on the back of the letter, as it was the practice to write the postage on the front, and put the date stamp on the back. If it was in transit, it would usually bear other stamps in addition to the morning duty stamp. When the volume of mail was heavy, there were additional stamps used which had double rims.
|These examples were in use prior to 1796, 1800-1810, 1810-1836 and double rims from 1810-1844.|
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|These examples were in use 1834-1840, 1844-1853, and 1846-1857|
|The stamps were also cut new every day, so there would be slight differences. It must have been bedlam, and makes me wonder why they organised it this way. I would have thought it would be easier all round if the mails coming in were staggered in times, but the schedules were organised so that they all arrived at the main GPO at 8 o'clock in the morning.|
Copyright 2002 E. J. Shanahan
By EARS Leisurewrite
Morning Duty p2
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