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SG GB 4436
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Stamp with Postmark
(Mac OS Big Sur) HP Deskjet 2654 (1200 DPI, 24-bit Colour) through VueScan 9; Edited with GIMP; Lossless compression with ImageOptim; converted with Pixallon (NCH Software) to 600 DPI with 50% Lossy JPEG Compression
Queen Elizabeth II
3 Nov 2020
Good to Fine
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This postmark shows the Christmas, 2020, 2nd Class issue tied to a relevant machine cancel. The wave-canceled stamp itself is based upon the stained glass window at St Andrew’s Church in East Lexham, Norfolk; it shows St. Andrew holding the Son of God. The machine cancel is dated the 17th of December, 2020, and would have been marked shortly before the final cut off date. The postmark reminds the receiver that they need to send their post early to get it in time for the 25th of December. Indeed, 2020 was a particular bad year for both the Post Office and Royal Mail owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of hand delivery presents and cards they were instead dispatching them by the millions which lead to massive backlogs. There were (semi-infamously) copious amounts of late mail, with lots not arriving until the new year - if at all. Images showing mountains of full postbags stuck in sorting offices made the rounds on social media around this time. This was compounded by staff shortages (due to the pandemic) and the then impending logistical nightmare of Brexit. In either case it was eventually resolved and mostly forgotten!
Machine cancel: Delivered by Royal Mail & Royal Mail Gatwick Mail Centre / 17/12/2020 04:44:31 / 2221007717 & Shop Early, Send Early this Christmas / send.royalmail.com & Waves
Window Of St Andrew’s Church, East Lexham, Norfolk.
1 band (centre)
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