I receive three different club " Circulating Packets " here in UK and am usually resigned to getting Post Office labels for franking, but nice stamps are perceived as a pleasant bonus worth saving from the packaging.
THEN TODAY, --- Shock ! horror !! disbelief !!! disgust
At least 5 previous club members used the same packaging, and 4 of them ruined the previous stamps with labels and tape. Why would they be so cavalier about removing and recycling and still subscribe to the packet as " Stamp Collectors" ?
really choked off and GRUMPY !
Really strange, and you are quite right to be grumpy.
Is this a specialist circuit for Viet-Nam or Paraguay, and these people are so out of the loop that they don't understand about modern collecting?
I see Jersey stamps, but re-use in Guernsey with a label, and the another one in the IV postal area which presumably includes much of NE Scotland?
Incidentally if you don't want the GB label I can use it! I've already scanned it as an example of late usage of a white (not Machin) label with narrow font but ' / / ' between the dates rather than ' - - '.
But sheer vandalism it is. I would write in strongest terms to the society's journal editor with an image as you've shown here, suggesting that he remind all members that as members of a philatelic society it is incumbent on them to use stamps and save stamps, and not to destroy collectables in this way.
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