Australia - 1917-1988.
Slogan cancellations: Send Birthday Greetings ... - Melbourne.


The Send Birthday Greetings ... slogan was used in Melbourne from 15 July 1937 to 1 November 1940.

The 11 identified dies used at Melbourne with this slogan:

  1. have a circular date stamp with no box number and VIC. AUST. at the base; or
  2. have a box date stamp with no code number and VICTORIA at the base.

Within each of these broad types of dies, there are variations.

The date stamp usually had TIME then DAY/MONTH then YEAR although there are several examples with variations to that order.

The listing below is type of date stamp and then Code number within that grouping. The following Table provides a guide with hyperlinks:

Shape and
words at the base

Die number Earliest date Latest date % of Melbourne Census
Circle - VIC AUST 1 19 April 1940   4%
  3A 3 October 1938  

4%

  5A 3 February 1938   4%
  5B 15 July 1937 3 October 1938

4%

Box - VICTORIA 2A 31 October 1940   10%
  2C 4 October 1938 17 October 1939 48%
  5A 1 November 1940   4%
  5B 1 February 1938 11 September 1939 18%
Box - PAID 3B 14 September 1939   4%

There are 29 slogans in the Census.

Datestamp: Circle;

Number: None;

Base inscription:
VIC AUST.

Characteristics:
Die 1 - the G (of GREETINGS) is slightly outdented from the S (of SEND).

Only recorded date of this format:
19 April 1940.

Number in the Census: 1.

1940
19 April 1940.
Datestamp: Circle;

Number: None;

Base inscription:
VIC AUST.

Characteristics:
Die 3A: G begins about the middle of S above.
The T of TELEGRAPH is aligned under the middle of the R above.

Only recorded date of this format:
3 October 1938.

Number in the Census: 1

Piece
3 October 1938.
Datestamp: Circle;

Number: None;

Base inscription:
VIC AUST.

Characteristics:
Die 5A: G begins about the middle of S above.
The T of TELEGRAPH is aligned with the right side of the R above.
N starts above the L below.

Only recorded date of this format:
3 February 1938.

Number in the Census: 1.

Circle 1938
3 February 1938.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: None;

Base inscription: VICTORIA.

Characteristics:
Die 2A: S and G are aligned as are the O and C in lines 4 and 5.
Time is in the middle line.

Earliest date of this format:
29 October 1940 (in Wallen).

Latest date of this format:
31 October 1940.

Number in Census: 2.

AIF Die 2A
31 October 1940.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: None;

Base inscription: VICTORIA.

Characteristics:
Die 2C: S and G are aligned as are the two Os in lines 4 and 5.
Time is in the top line as is intended.

Earliest date of this format:
4 October 1938.

Latest date of this format:
20 April 1940.

Number in Census: 9.

Pair roos
4 October 1939.

 

Characteristics:
Die 2C: S and G are aligned as are the two Os in lines 4 and 5.
Time is in the middle line.

Earliest date of this format:
17 July 1938.

Latest date of this format:
17 October 1939.

Number in Census: 2.

Edments
17 July 1938.

Datestamp: Box;

Number: None;

Base inscription: VICTORIA.

Characteristics:
Die 5A: The T of TELEGRAPH is aligned with the right side of the R above.
N (of ON) begins above the vertical of L below.

Earliest date of this format:
1 November 1938.

Number in Census: 1.

Gray
1 November 1940.
Datestamp: Box;

Number: None;

Base inscription: VICTORIA.

Characteristics:
Die 5B: G begins at the right of S above.
The T of TELEGRAPH is aligned with the right side of the R above.
N (of ON) begins well past the vertical of L below.

Earliest date of this format:
1 February 1938.

Latest date of this format:
11 September 1939.

Number in Census: 2.

Koala
1 February 1938.
First Day of Issue of the 4d green Koala.

Characteristics:
Die 5B: G begins at the right of S above.
The T of TELEGRAPH is aligned with the right side of the R above.
N (of ON) begins well past the vertical of L below.

Date line (DD-MM) at the top and time (11:30 pm) as the centre line.
On the reverse side, there is another cancellation of this slogan for 4 October at 4:30 am and the order has been corrected to that normally used.

Only recorded date of this format:
3 October 1938.

Number in Census: 1.

Oct 3 Roo
3 October 1938.

Characteristics:
Die 5B: G starts at the end of the S.
The N (of ON) begins well after the vertical of L (of COLOURED).
Year date slug is inverted.

Only recorded date of this format:
7 October 1938.

Number in Census: 1.

Inverted
7 October 1939.
Year inverted.

Datestamp: Box;

Number: None;

Top inscription: MELBOURNE/VIC.

Base inscription: PAID.

Characteristics:
Die 3B: G starts about the middle of S.
The T of TELEGRAPH is aligned with the right side of the R above.
O (of ON) is to the right of O below.
No time slug but 2D.

Only recorded date of this format:
14 September 1939.

Number in the Census: 1.

Melb Paid
14 September 1939.