Murray Stamp Shop, Edinburgh
Retail shop, auctioneers, mail order
Once you’ve collected everything, why not go for stuff that never existed in the first place ?
I was looking through a collection and already
several pages past these items when something in my head said
“Hold on – there was something odd there !”. The second glance
made it obvious that something was not right, and everything
fell into place over the following moments.
The two items were quite ordinary-looking pieces, each with a UK George VI threepence stamp. What was wrong, and quite obvious, was that the stamps were imperforate colour reproductions. In addition, the cancels just looked “wrong”. The shape, the lettering, the layout, the impression; something was wrong. Indeed if you look at the Stirling postmark the lettering and sizing doesn’t match what was in use at the time.
But the big giveaway was the Tannochrae postmark.
Tannochbrae never existed ! This was an imaginary town
invented by A.J. Cronin for his “Doctor Finlay” stories, and
made famous by the
These “stamped” items therefore fit into the dates for the ITV programmes, and are almost certainly cut from envelopes that would have been props. With all the effort they put into making these, it’s a pity they probably got the postage rate wrong !