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Two Different Christmas Design Postmarks Used November 1st

As the following images show, the postmark used on November 1st in Chester & North Wales was the Fred Egerton from Newcastle-under-Lyme mark as expected but, once again the Nottingham Mail Centre appear to be running a day behind most others as they used the Oliver Miller from Oswestry postmark we expected to be in use the day before.

Fred Egerton from Newcastle-under-Lyme postmark

Oliver Miller from Oswestry postmark

So it seems Nottingham Mail Centre has frequently been running a day behind schedule with these special postmarks. Whether this is due to a technical issue isn't known but it's also been noticed that at least one of their postmarking machines is possibly in need of some attention.

Over the past few weeks we've seen numerous examples of these postmarks from many parts of the country including a large number from Nottingham. In every example of Nottingham cancelled mail, and no matter how apparently cleanly the envelope was postmarked, the top line of text featuring the winner's name has been an unreadable jumble as in the example above. Fortunately the locations given on the next line have enabled identification. We're now speculating that the inkjet print head has an issue affecting the very top section of postmarks produced by Nottingham and we will be keeping an eye out for more marks displaying a similar issue in coming weeks.

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Two Different Christmas Design Postmarks Used November 1st

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