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Posted 04/04/2021   11:26 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Partime to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I picked up this item because it had Scott O3/O8, ACSC 102(OS) in a non-philatelic usage. Addressed from Adelaide to the Secretary at Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewage Board, Brisbane. It is dated 24 Sep, 1932.

My question concerns the underlying envelope style. The closeup below shows that the O.H.M.S is centered above a horizontal line, and there is a nice cancellation right on top of it. However, there are some letters that seem out of place. Just below the 24 Sep, I see, "10M - 6.32". I think this is part of the Envelope, not the cancellation. Any idea what it means? Thanks for looking.


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Posted 04/04/2021   2:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add perf12 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think certain government departments had their own pre printed code identification next to ohms,
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Posted 04/04/2021   2:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Not seen anything like it before.
Guess
Some form of Internal auditing or despatch confirmation
(Sort of a automatic time register machine, as you would when clocking on for work)

Interesting.
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Posted 04/04/2021   2:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cjd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Guessing...

Bureaucrats can't help but code their forms. I bet 6.32 is a June, 1932, revision date and 10M is either the envelope itself or a number assigned to a particular department.

But only guesses. It appears that I don't have anything that lists these. Perhaps because of the absence of preprinted indicia?
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Posted 04/04/2021   2:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
10M 10 O'clock AM perhaps ?
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I like CJD's guess about revision date and size of envelope. Bureaucracy at it's best. It certainly looks like this additional lettering was printed on the envelope before it was addressed, stamped, mailed, and cancelled. Probably a big stack of them somewhere.
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bzzz "Marge, bring me a 10M slash C"
"Sir, we're all out of the slash C"
"Oh, all right then, bring me a 10M. And requisition some more slash Cs."
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Posted 04/04/2021   4:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mml1942 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The "10 M -- 6.32" could well indicate a printing of 10,000 envelopes in June 1932.

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Posted 04/04/2021   4:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
bzzz "Marge, bring me a 10M slash C"
"Sir, we're all out of the slash C"
"Oh, all right then, bring me a 10M. And requisition some more slash Cs."


Maybe it was
"Bring me a 6.32, Marge"

"10M" would have been already known M = Metropolitan Water Board.

Here we have a "Gladys, please restock the T.E 201's"
(Technical Education School)


10M 6.32 and T.E. 201 are Permit Numbers for OHMS Australian Stationery

Thanks for the corrections

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Posted 04/04/2021   4:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I fully agree with Mike:
"10,000 envelopes in June 1932."
This is a very common type of code seen on a variety of printed materials.

Add: Here is an example from the Boy Scouts:

to print 1,500,000 copies in November 1969.
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Posted 04/04/2021   4:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hmm OK
have dropped off an email to the Aust. Postal Stationery Soc, for comments.
I am curious as to how they audited these.
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Posted 04/04/2021   9:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Had an immediate response, which was great but no luck.


Quote:
Not my collecting area I am sorry but yes it does seem to be some sort of batch number which might have Ben a code of some sort


It seems incongruent to me, that a batch number would be printed on official stationery, without some other reason.
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Posted 04/04/2021   9:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If not a batch number, perhaps a stock code?
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Posted 04/04/2021   9:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Bobby,
I am happy to take Mike and John's solution, makes sense,
however, I have similar markings on Australia Post early (Post Office ) stationery, Parcel post stickers etc.

Seeing it on Official envelopes seemed odd,
I thought I had numerous OHMS covers, but it seems not.
I was hoping to find another example.

Surprised the Oz stationery Soc, had no def reply.

Batch Number, Stock Code, Internal Audit ref, all have possibilities.
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Here's an example from Canada mailed in 1931:

Scans of envelope, letterhead, and close-up of the print code areas for the number of copies and when printed:



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Posted 04/04/2021   10:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks John,
I'll be keeping an eye out for future examples.
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