Today in Postal History



England Domestic Usage
August 16, 1960

This picture postcard was mailed in Scarborough, Yorkshire.
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 Scarborough.

The cover was franked with a 1958 2d light red brown Queen Elizabeth II (SG 573).

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 2 d.
The penalty doubled the short payment ( 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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