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MACHINE BACKSTAMPS: Type 3 ('EM TPO - VIC' & four horizontal lines) light but very fine strike of OC24 - 1910 on reverse of beautiful P&O advertising PPC of SS "Morea", GB 1d tied by boxed 'PAQUEBOT' h/s with 'PORT-TAUFIQ' (Egypt) cds alongside, message headed "Nearing Suez" (so the ship was in the Suez Canal). Rated RRRRR: the earlier of only two recorded examples - six days apart - m aking this another great rarity of mechanical postmarks of the world .
Bill Purves' and Molnar & Waugh's illustrations of this postmark are wildly misleading. To create their caricatures, Purves used a typewriter!; Molnar & Waugh used a computer. Both attempts were abject failures. Molnar & Waugh state "It has two very close horizontal lines at top and at bottom and another...at the mid-point". We can only assume they described it from collective memory, and before Les actually acquired this card. In fact, there are four equi-distant horizontal lines, that we hope will be obvious from our illustration.
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