Friday, 20 August 2010
The big Gold labels with the Machin portrait, known as Horizon labels from the name of the computer that creates them at the post office, were introduced last year and now are in use nationwide.
Each label has a 1, 2 or 3 character code at the top to indicate the service that the label is paying for. The first trial label had code SD for Special Delivery. I'm not sure what the A is for, but another example is 1LG for first-class large letter.
For each service indicator, there are four varities. The ones used in Wales have Welsh text in addition to English. Also, a new version of the Horizon system has a thinner typeface. So there are two language versions in each of two typefaces.
In his Deegam report 89, published on July 27, Douglas Myall published a list of 17 different service indicators, making 68 different labels available.
Subsequently, he discovered five more services (to be described in his next report in October), making 22 indicators and 88 different labels.
Let me know when you've got them all!
PS I should explain the title. In American football, the quarterback is the guy who gets the ball from the center and puts it in play. The strategy for the play is generally decided in advance, but just before he gets the ball, the quarterback can decide to change the play by calling out a series of numbers and colors. This is called an "audible." Then, when he's ready to get get the ball, he calls "hike". So he might call out "34...52...Hike." I suspect collectors of these labels may do something similar when they see Douglas' reports.