in Postal History
England Domestic Usage
August 16, 1960
postcard was mailed
Scarborough seashore resort on the North Sea coast northeast of Leeds.
The card was machine cancelled with a round dial and wavy lines.
The destination was Brigg,
Lincolnshire, about 80 km due south of
The cover was franked with a 1958 2d light red brown Queen Elizabeth II
What is of most interest are the markings indicating postage due.
The Scarborough post office applied a huge outline T indicating 'tax.'
T is the international symbol indicating a shortpaid letter.
In addition, a notched box (unusual) was applied which read:
1 D. TO PAY | LIABLE TO | POSTCARD RATE | 693(?).
The last line should be the postal code number for Scarborough which
was 693 at the time.*
At the time the postcard rate was 2½ d.
The penalty doubled the short payment (½ d.) to give the 1d due.
If the sender had omitted the message it could have gone printed paper
rate which was 2d.*
In due course, the Brigg post office collected the 1 d.
They applied and cancelled a 1959 violet-blue postage due (SG D57).
Unfortunately the date is not legible.
The message is a typical vacationer's message to friends at home.
We are indebted to Mauro Mowszowicz for providing this interesting card.
*Thanks to Dave Parsons for deciphering the last line of the handstamp
and for his explanation of the derivation of the amount due.
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