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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : Postage Markings

29 Jan 2015
I am starting to collect postage markings. Just wondering if anyone here know the proper way to store the postage markings and also ways to identify the markings? I cant really find a definitive guide such as Scott etc on postage markings.
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29 Jan 2015
re: Postage Markings


First, if I remember, you are interested in postal markings of Singapore; if true, that's beyond anything with which I have any familiarity, so I can't help you there. I will use my experience in US postal markings to give you some ideas.

There are cancels (either hand stamps or machine applied) that both deface the stamp and identify its origin. In the US, there are probably 50 different books on various aspects, from location, period, special events, etc. Arno Forst is our most knowledgeable here, and has experience with US and many European countries' cancels. I have one book solely on 19th century fancy cancels.

There are censor markings, usually military and usually during time of war. There are a number of books on these for US censors.

All sorts of transit markings, from RTS to Nixie; from Missent to Damaged in Plane Crash. Often there are receiving cancels from the city to which the cover was sent.

There are registration, certification, insurance, RRR, special delivery, etc., all of which offer a specific EXTRA service.

No single book could possibly cover all these. My book on Censor markings covers US military markings only, from 1941 to 1945 and is probably 300 pages.

This is typically beyond the reach of any stamp catalogue; Scott does list a few Exhibition cancels, but they are the exception (what is Scott if not a collection of exceptions).

Anyway, this provides no specific help, but I hope it points you to areas of focus on which you can begin to build


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