his special issue stamp with picture of Helen Glover. He do ask for several days running at the Post Office he do use (4 miles from Penzance) who do wait expectantly then ring up Royal Mail and so on. But no stamps arrive. Eventually Royal Mail tells our sub-Post Office that they ain't going to be sent any Helen Glover stamps.
The Old Man stomps off in high dudgeon.
If they can't supply our Post Office when all around are receiving theirs... so be it. No stamps bought then.