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An unusual way to get a postally used low value stamp on FDC

Barbados 1953 FDC 4 x 1c on plain cover to Grenada

It’s always a challenge. How can you get a postally used First Day Cover when the stamp value is below the minimum rate for any route?

These days, it’s not so much of an issue as you can ask Royal Mail (or your country’s equivalent mail service) to cancel anything for you and return it in a separate cover paying the correct rate, but back in the 1950’s, it was still a challenge to get postally used FDC’s.

So, here’s what one enterprising person did;

Barbados 1953 FDC 4 x 1c on plain cover to Grenada
Barbados 1953 FDC 4 x 1c on plain cover to Grenada

They sent a cover to Grenada and instead of using the current 4c stamp, they used four 1c stamps, all nicely canceled.

Now that’s a clever solution to the problem and an interesting First Day Cover!

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