They destroyed my stamps

I created this thread as cemetery of all beautiful stamps got destroyed during their travel.
Warning for stamp lovers, you may get heart attack seeing this thread.

Let me start. Look what they did to the Queen :scream:

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This is terrible! :astonished: Such stamp cancellation?

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That’s not good

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They didn’t get cancellation, only scribble by postal worker

Is this a letter you received from UK, or you have the same stamps?

The scribble IS the cancellation!

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:scream:

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Yeah this is the common way of cancelling mail in UK, I believe. Most of my UK mail has arrived like that, although it feels like in this case the postal worker took extra care to make sure nobody will never ever be able to use those stamps ever again… Or they were angry and needed to use pen aggressively.

I don’t remember any destroyed stamps (there probably have been few but I have happily forgot about them), but sometimes people put tape over the stamps and it is not always possibly to remove the tape :frowning:

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It looks like there’s tape over the stamps in the photo as well.

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Deutsche Post has a “Nachträglich entwertet” (“Canceled subsequently”) rubber stamp that they use on foreign stamps that haven’t been canceled sometimes. I find this to be a much better solution!

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Yes. Unfortunately it’s “too much effort” to take this punch out of the bag (not my words!!). So they prefer to use a pen most of the time 🤷🏻

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That breaks my stamp-loving heart :disappointed_relieved::broken_heart:

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Besides getting pencil scribbles or not getting cancelled at all, stamps from Canada often get cancelled like this:

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and canada has some nice postmark i.e. this one :wink:

I just received today :wink:

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these days i often get cards without postmarks.

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I’ve only received one postcard with a pen cancel and it was from the USA, a real pity because the stamps were beautiful.

Oh no! :joy: I understand they were canceling it but they seemed to take special care in obliterating the queen :speak_no_evil:

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Ouch! That hurts to look at :pleading_face:

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My lovely letter from Portugal that arrived today, with a stamp sheet used for postage, that the courier company stuck a whopping big sticker on top of. The told me it would peel off, but nope. It took part of the sheet with it.

There is one post office in my city where they rip off pretty stamps. This is very sad. The postcard comes damaged and without a stamp (or with a half-torn stamp).

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