HC Deb 16 August 1895 vol 36 c152

I beg to ask the Representative of the Postmaster General (1) whether he has observed that the postmarks on letters, &c., are frequently so smudged and indistinct as to be illegible and useless; (2) whether this is due to the imperfections of the machines employed; (3) whether he has noticed that the American postmarks are invariably clear and distinct; and (4) whether he will order that the American machines shall be adopted in the British Postal Service?


The matters mentioned in the first three paragraphs are already engaging the attention of the Postmaster General. American stamping machines have been tried, but it has been found that they are by no means free from objection.