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United States/Covers & Postmarks : USA Mystery Cancel on Hong Kong Block

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Linus
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11 Oct 2017
11:28:20am
I have been trying to figure out the smudgy USA reddish purple cancel in the center of this block of 8 Hong Kong stamps. I may never figure it out it because it is so bad, but does anybody have any guesses of what city, state or post office station this could possibly be?

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11 Oct 2017
06:10:52pm
re: USA Mystery Cancel on Hong Kong Block

My guess is registry receiving cancel

Usually just on back, but ....

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Ningpo
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12 Oct 2017
07:12:47pm
re: USA Mystery Cancel on Hong Kong Block

With the assistance of a US based member of another forum, the nomination for worst applied postal backstamp is most likely:

WINSTED, CONN., WINCHESTER STA.

However, this was arrived at by a process of elimination based on just a few characters that were visible.


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Linus
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12 Oct 2017
08:35:57pm
re: USA Mystery Cancel on Hong Kong Block

Winchester, Conn. is a town of 11,242 and Winsted, Conn., population 7,321, is part of the town of Winchester. A good possibility, Ningpo. It would be nice to find a readable cancel like my smudge cancel with this combination on it. I originally thought it might be in California or Connecticut.

I bought this block on EBAY back in June. It was listed as a Scott #155 block of 8 with a 2017 cat. value of 25 cents per stamp, $2.00 for the block of 8. Just by looking at the scan on EBAY, I thought it looked like the "Coarse Impressions" on "rough surface paper" variety. When I received it in the mail, I checked the perfs and sure enough, it was 14 and one half (across the top and bottom) by 14 making this a block of Scott #155a, 2017 cat value $6.00 per stamp and $48.00 for the block of 8. I was the only bidder at 99 cents plus a dollar shipping.

Thanks for the help,

Linus

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