Rubber Stamps
The Bank's staff used a large variety of rubber stamps as part of their everyday activities,
particularly cashiers prior to the computerisation of the Bank's records.
The following are examples of some of these stamps:
Branch Name stamp:
used on passbooks and any form requiring
the branch to be identified. These stamps
were produced in a variety of patterns and type
Other examples of branch name stamps.
Datal stamp:
used by branch staff as a general receipt on utility bills, credit transfers, etc.; they were also used by Head Office departments, including Safe Deposit.
Other examples of branch stamps.
Number 2 Department:
placed on deposit and withdrawal slips, transfer forms,
etc to clarify which Department the relevant account is in
Oval branch stamp:
general purpose branch identification stamp
placed on a transaction slip that has been entered in the Bank's records, but not in the depositor's passbook. The posted transaction in the ledger was marked accordingly so that it will be entered in the passbook at its next presentation at the branch
placed on deposit slips for an account at another branch, as shown on this example for a deposit for 7/4d for a No 2 Department account at Sparkhill branch
Annual Interest:
placed in passbooks against the entry of the annual interest credit. New stamps were issued to branches each year, and old stamps would often be amended with a razor blade so that they could be used for preceding years with a suitable annotation.
The stamp was also used in Ledgers.
House Purchase Allowance:
used to mark a credit to a depositor's account in respect of a mortgage interest adjustment as described in the History of the House Purchase Department for 1947
marked against transferred amounts in passbooks
Acknowledgement of Registration stamp:
placed on documents (eg on the back of Death Certificates) presented for recording in the Bank's books.
    Registered in the books of the Birmingham Municipal Bank.
Spaces to enter:
    Account Number
    Initials of Officer
Special Stamps:
produced and used for one-off purposes. The top example was used for passbooks and ledger accounts on the closure of Sherlock Street, when all outstanding accounts were transferred to Horse Fair branch.
The second example was impressed in some copies of the Regulations;
and in passbooks, early passbooks having had the rate of interest printed therein.
Post Received Stamp:
used by Head Office's Secretarial Department to record when correspondence etc was received.
Ledger Stamps:
used to identify particular types of Account
to indicate some particular action taken, eg: 
  - IR = Account advised to Inland Revenue on Annual Return
            where Interest Credited exceeded amount specified by Tax
            Authorities as requiring reporting
   - Serial Number of Home Safe Issued to Depositor
   - Auditor having confirmed passbook balance with ledger
   - Depositor(s) granted a Mortgage
   - Account details transferred to a new ledger
(Except for 'IR', 'MORTGAGE GRANTED', and
  'TRANSFERRED TO NEW LEDGER'  the stamp may also have
    been impressed on the Depositor's Passbook)
Passbook Stamps:
producing the passbook of a closed account enabled that account to be renewed rather than a completely new account being opened. This did not apply after
computerisation, and blank pages were stamped
This portion of a passbook illustrated shows examples of a rubber stamp used to:
  - enter a deposit (with its date) which replaced
     the Bank's original system of a manual entry
  - indicate the amount of Capitalised Interest
  - show the conversion of the account balance at
As with deposits, a stamp eventually replaced the word "Repaid" that was originally written in passbooks   against a withdrawal transaction
Credit Advice S/D and Credit Advice:
this stamp was introduced in 1956. A Head Office circular instructed branches to
place it in passbooks against N.I.P.B. (NOT IN PASS BOOK) deposits that were
received from employers as Salary Credits or Deductions from Wages. A later
version omitted the 'S/D'.
Address Stamps:
four types of stamp used for mail, etc:
 - Bank Title
 - Branch Name and Designatory Letter(s)
       in this example, AD = Farcroft branch
 - Branch Address
       in this example, Farcroft branch
 - Branch Name and Address
     (Smethwick and Head Office)
       principally used in passbooks
Branch Designatory Letters/Numbers:
Impressed into a passbook, prior to the numerical account number, to indicate the branch at which the account was kept
('HB' indicating Heybarnes branch and 'SS' indicating Sherlock Street branch)
later replaced by an all-numerical system ('55' indicating Smethwick branch,
'2' indicating an account in the No 2 Department)