Monday, 1 May 2017
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Windsor
The British Royal Mail provides special pictorial postmarks for philatelic mail. There are 44 different postmarks that can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to one of the Special Handstamp Centres (SHC) as listed in the Postmark Bulletin.
The Europa stamps 2017 have the central theme 'castles'. The British stamp has Windsor Castle on it. Since there is just one Europa stamp and it is only possible to buy the complete series of six stamps, I decided to use two stamps to obtain the Windsor postmark. The envelope was sent back in a plastic bag, a perfect service by Royal Mail.
Postmarks and addresses can be found in the Postmark Bulletin: royalmail.com/postmark-bulletins.
Images of all pictorial postmarks can be seen on the website of Norvik Philatelics: norphil.co.uk/postmarks/perm.
Date sent: 18 April 2017
Date postmark: 24 April 2017
Date received: 26 April 2017
Number of days: 8
Envelope in collection: 18