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Rude delivery

Post always brightens up the working day. It's knowing that someone has taken the time to choose a card or postcard, write a personal message and post it to you, rather than sending a naked e-picture of a body-builder as a birthday email card. Those, we think, are a bit like receiving bills: necessary but instantly forgettable (until the electricity gets cut off.) And what better way to adorn a heart-felt letter to a loved one than with a rude and suggestive stamp slapped on top of its envelope.

For the Royal Mail though, the thought of Leeds' company Bamforth's saucy seaside postcard images of busty women adorning its packages and post whilst depicted as being the subject of slap-n-tickle meets Benny Hill type escapades was too much to consider, the BBC reveals. The plan to release a celebratory collection of the stamps was binned, much to the chagrin of Bamforth boss, Ian Wallace:

'They are just fun, you take them for what they are, there's no malice. This is social history and that point seems to be totally lost on the Royal Mail.'

'Mr Wallace added: 'They [the postcards] are not having a go at anyone, we are having a go at everyone actually. This is social history and that point seems to be totally lost on the Royal Mail.'

Maybe the Royal Mail doesn't want to lower its rates of successful deliveries even further by distracting its postmen with stamps of such a suggestive nature!

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