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BenFranklin1902
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Tom in Exton, PA
25 Jul 2016
06:24:29pm

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I'm very pleased to present my Ben Franklin stamp, used on card from Pago Pago, Samoa. This was a US Territory in 1906, and a very elusive cancel to find! The card has great address script writing, only could wish the postmark was to the left of the stamp, but you can't have everything! Big Grin

Prior to this, the only examples I had seen were philatelic in nature, and there's a single stamp on a piece with an equal cancel, for $75 on eBay right now. My eBay search agent uncovered this one about a week ago. I put in a pretty high bid on my snipe software and waited. I was overjoyed to find out I won it for $14.50. Patience does pay!

Now the last possession I need is Canal Zone 4 on cover. There were a few examples on eBay within the past year but they went for obscene multiple hundreds of dollars!

But this one surely makes my week. Photos from the auction.

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dollhaus
25 Jul 2016
06:43:46pm
re: Almost Completed My Territorials! Happy Dance Time!

That is one nice piece! If I ever see a CZ anywhere, look out for an immediate message.

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musicman
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25 Jul 2016
07:19:19pm
re: Almost Completed My Territorials! Happy Dance Time!

Great card, Ben/Tom!


I'd like to have that one myself!!

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Mike
25 Jul 2016
10:23:59pm
re: Almost Completed My Territorials! Happy Dance Time!

Congratulations on the great find Ben.
Mike

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25 Jul 2016
10:37:39pm
re: Almost Completed My Territorials! Happy Dance Time!

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Superb card.
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There is a certain elegance to cards that pre-date the split address panel era. The writer usually said nothing; the recipient had only the image (exotic in this case) to gaze at and wonder about.


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simothecat
26 Jul 2016
11:48:02am
re: Almost Completed My Territorials! Happy Dance Time!

The card has a nice destination also. Gabriola Island (near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island) probably had a population of at most a couple of hundred at the time. (Based on Wikipedia saying the population consisted of 17 families in 1874, and had grown to 400 by 1950.) I didn't see a receiving cancel. Such a cancel would be quite scarce, with a rarity factor D (on a A to E scale).

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