Monday, 6 August 2012

Taxing - Sunday Stamps (on Monday)

I must have had a taxing time at the weekend as I missed the window for the link to Viridian's Sunday Stamps.

The theme this week was "stamps that leave you wondering: what is this stamp trying to show? What does it commemorate? Or, who is this person on this stamp anyway?"

In my case the stamp is quite clearly a GB definitive of King George VI.

Stamp receipt 1951
Apparently it was the practice for cash receipts to carry a stamp depending on the value of the goods - in this case 2d for purchases up to £20.

This receipt was for a carpet bought by my future mother-in-law in 1951. Neither my wife nor I can remember this practice after we were married in 1958.

It may have been abolished in 1971 when decimal currency was introduced. So there's the mystery; can anyone tell me more?

All I've turned up is the Receipt Duty explanation in this link

Despite my lateness you can still check out other posts at Sunday-stamps-82


Alan Burnett said...

I have seen such stamps on bills often but never really understood their significance or the reason for them being there.

Jo said...

I remember them too Bob, but have no idea when the practice was stopped.

Rob From Amersfoort said...

To me the pre-decimal currency is a mystery...