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Old 26th Oct 2021, 5:09 pm   #1
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Default Wartime Post Office van EL pass

Not technical as such but may interest some.

A pass issued in Bude on the 14 Aug 1940 to a Post Office van vehicle reg no BXT132 to allow passage through road blocks, probably around Cleave Camp and Davidstow airfields

I believe this to be the only one known to exist apart from two in the Royal Mail archives in London.
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Old 27th Oct 2021, 10:04 am   #2
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Default Re: Wartime Post Office van EL pass

The vehicle appears to be gone, the route to the document's survival would be interesting to know. Presumably it was still "se-creted" in the van when it was sold out of service and kept by subsequent owners.
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Old 28th Oct 2021, 8:27 pm   #3
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Default Re: Wartime Post Office van EL pass

The van was scrapped many years ago by a local garage. Somehow the pass got put in a piston ring catalogue and survived.

A friend ended up with some of the contents of the garage.

When he had a clear out quite a bit went into a skip closely followed by me.
I came out of the skip with a little pile of local interest paperwork.
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Old 29th Oct 2021, 3:33 pm   #4
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Default Re: Wartime Post Office van EL pass

Thanks for that fascinating information. I suspect the envelope was just used as a handy bookmark by a mechanic. I wonder if the marked page had any relevance to the van's engine?

The route to survival of ephemera can be as interesting as the items themselves!
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Old 29th Oct 2021, 4:58 pm   #5
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Default Re: Wartime Post Office van EL pass

I am visiting the "History on Wheels" museum on Sunday http://www.historyonwheels.co.uk/ they may be interested. A lot of films use their vehicles (my little tank from Hello Hello is there).
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