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    Default Air mail labels (UK)

    On the last two occasions when I visited my local post office (the main branch in a large city) they had absolutely none of the blue air mail labels. This was so unusual that I asked a member of staff about it and I was told that the labels have been discontinued, since they are not needed any more. If the right amount has been paid for air mail, then it will go by air mail. Apparently you don't even need to write 'air mail' on the envelope any more. Had anyone else heard anything like this? I would like to think it is correct, since then I don't have to try and maintain a stock of them!

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    Default Re: Air mail labels (UK)

    I have not heard this.

    I don't know how much Royal Mail type stationery you use, but you can go to Royal Mail.com, set up an account, and order all of the online mail supplies that you need from them. I have just been onto their web-site and can confirm that I can order sheets of Air Mail stickers (P25a) under International supplies.

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    Default Re: Air mail labels (UK)

    I've contacted a source on postal stuff about this. Will let you know if I get an answer.

    I like the air mail labels, especially in Wales as I can use POST AWYR / par avion labels from Post Brenhinol!
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges....
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    Default Re: Air mail labels (UK)

    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaine View Post
    I've contacted a source on postal stuff about this. Will let you know if I get an answer.

    I like the air mail labels, especially in Wales as I can use POST AWYR / par avion labels from Post Brenhinol!
    I saw the special Welsh Air Mail labels on the RM web-site last night.

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    Default Re: Air mail labels (UK)

    The last time I went into the little post office at the far end of town they still had red and blue edged Air Mail envelopes.
    Some days, it's hardly worth chewing through the leather straps....

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    Default Re: Air mail labels (UK)

    Heard back from my source - he's not heard of anything. Also, heard back from Royal Mail - they are aware of no such change - if the post office hasn't got any, they can order more.
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges....
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    Default Re: Air mail labels (UK)

    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaine View Post
    Heard back from my source - he's not heard of anything. Also, heard back from Royal Mail - they are aware of no such change - if the post office hasn't got any, they can order more.
    I placed an order. I will report back if I receive it.

    I keep trying to get one of those plastic template things so that I can check all of my Large Letters, but so far I haven't received one.

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    I got a Tiger-branded postal template ruler thing with letter sized slots in from Amazon.
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges....
    Best wishes,
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    Default Re: Air mail labels (UK)

    Quote Originally Posted by Kathleen View Post
    ...I was told that the labels have been discontinued, since they are not needed any more....
    It's now the same Stateside. I use vintage-style airmail rubber stamps.

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    Default Re: Air mail labels (UK)

    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaine View Post
    I've contacted a source on postal stuff about this. Will let you know if I get an answer.

    I like the air mail labels, especially in Wales as I can use POST AWYR / par avion labels from Post Brenhinol!
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    Default Re: Air mail labels (UK)

    Quote Originally Posted by Kathleen View Post
    ...If the right amount has been paid for air mail, then it will go by air mail....
    Stamps on envelopes and postcards posted from the UK, and within the USA, are only franked half the time anymore, so I wonder who (or what) bothers to look to see if sufficient postage is applied to mail. My guess is that correct postage is down to random checks and post offices keep that a necessary secret. Meanwhile, mail will go to wherever it's addressed subject to the off-chance a postage scofflaw is caught.

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    Default Re: Air mail labels (UK)

    I recently sent a letter to a friend in the US and forgot to put a stamp or an airmail sticker on it, It arrived slightly faster than usual with no surcharge. Maybe hand written letters are so rare that it got special treatment.
    Some days, it's hardly worth chewing through the leather straps....

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    Default Re: Air mail labels (UK)

    Quote Originally Posted by oldstoat View Post
    I recently sent a letter to a friend in the US and forgot to put a stamp or an airmail sticker on it, It arrived slightly faster than usual with no surcharge. Maybe hand written letters are so rare that it got special treatment.
    That was lucky.

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