Lois says…………

Jun 1, 2021

3 Responses to “Lois says…………”

  1. Niblet Says:

    I would imagine that for the person tasked with stamping a UK price on stacks of US comics, the rare appearance of a pristine white area on the cover was too good to pass up. I wonder if the ‘stamper’ was presented with a stack of issues of the same edition and, having decided where to land their inky rubber marking device, could just continue to apply it to the same area time after time. The haphazard distribution of comics of the period leads me to suspect that a pile of random comics confronted the stamper, meaning that the unfortunate Thorpe and Porter employee had to make a split-second decision as to where to apply the mark each time. I remember buying some stamped comics in a newsagent back in the 70s. My selection of issues were all stamped as being 5p or whatever the price was then, but one stamp had been overladen with ink resulting in a splodge, which the lady behind the counter took to represent a half penny. I paid up. But I never got over it.

  2. Worse would be walking the mile to the newsagents with 10d clutched in your hand only to find the prices had risen overnight to One Shilling and having to buy your fourth choice comic tucked away at the back that still showed 10d and leave the new stock of Supermans and Batmans for another day.

    And even in the 1960s you would have thought they could have mechanised the process or put the stamps on the back cover but no. I always imagine Ethel and her team sitting there 8 hours a day getting repetitive strain injuries with mountains of “My Greatest Aventures” and similar to stamp thinking “Doom Patrol??. Who writes this rubbish?”

  3. I think Lana is saying “No price variant” and Lois is saying “Thorpe & Porter, stamp cycle two, one shilling”.

    Am I right?

    Either that or something about the bloke with the beard’s outfit.

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