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BenFranklin1902
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Tom in Exton, PA
21 Jun 2016
09:09:21pm

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Here's an interesting cover I put aside years ago. I was sorting through some stuff looking for airmail stamps on cover to add to my newly assembled USA Airmail album. I thought the group here might just appreciate it.

As the forever battle for "Philatelic Mail - PLease Cancel Lightly" it seems a long gone postal work took exception to this request and proceeded to shoot down the plane. Took him three cancels to get a direct hit. This was mailed in 1945... geez! The war was over, stop shoot down planes... especially OUR planes!

I'm glad this survived as a cover since the stamps are pretty much toast!

But an interesting cover it is, and into the album it goes! Happy

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Bujutsu
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22 Jun 2016
12:32:41pm
re: On Light Cancels and Shooting Down Aircraft

For myself personally, I wouldn't classify your cover as 'toast'. While the type of 'obliterator' used may not be the most desirable, it is still a piece of postal history, even though the powers that be at that time did ignore the request to cancel lightly. For collectors who collect the different types of 'obliterators, this is still collectible. Notice, I did not use the word 'cancels' because it does not apply here lol.

Chimo

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ikeyPikey
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22 Jun 2016
07:56:39pm
re: On Light Cancels and Shooting Down Aircraft

Reminded me of a 1950s sci-fi movie, wherein the graphics department was trying to show radar pinging off of the aircraft.

Where is Ed Wood, now that we need him?

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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