I wondered if that were actually true or if this was just because of the small sample he was observing.ViccyVFU wrote:One thing that did occur to me (whilst chopping and formatting this lot), is that during the whole of 2019 (where I received about 5 or 6 items of mail a day)...
"Only two of these I received on cover" (The Christmas first and second class ones).Not ONE of the commems ..... (All the rest were Machin NVI's, or pre-printed indicia).
So I'm thinking "almost all modern usage must realistically be contrived, and all genuine commercially used is a very rare beast indeed".
Then I went back over my covers received in 2019 - not a single one with a stamp issued in 2019
So, the idea of this thread is to show scans of any covers you have received with any of the Royal Mail GB 2020 commemorative stamp issues, where the usage and the cancel is in keeping with both the year and time of issue. In other words, does the cover contain a commemorative stamp that has been used in the way it was originally intended?
Hopefully, this could be a record of any covers received by any members worldwide where the sender has bought the relevant commemorative stamp at the PO and popped it on the envelope.
Of course, every new thread needs an image to accompany it, but given that I haven't received any yet with the Video Games on (issued 21st January), here's one in today's post which shows the issue we are facing;
A Christmas stamp being used post-Christmas and not a commemorative. Nice slogan cancel though...
Over to you. This is what the schedule looks like;
2020 Stamp Programme
21 January - Video Games
20 February - Visions of the Universe (200th Anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society)
17 March - James Bond
7 April - The Romantic Poets
8 May - End of World War II (coincides with London2020 exhibition 2-9 May)
28 May - Coronation Street (TV soap opera)
18 June - Roman Britain
9 July - Queen (Music Giants IV)
30 July - Palace of Westminster (Royal Palaces series)
18 August - Sherlock (TV ?)
3 September - Rupert Bear (launched November 1920)
1 October - Brilliant Bugs
3 November - Christmas
13 November - Star Trek
Ideally, to qualify as being in period and commercial usage, the Video stamp would have to be received between 22nd January and 21st February 2020 with a legible cancel, and so on.
It will be interesting to see exactly how many covers we can record.