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Linus
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21 Nov 2017
05:55:42pm
Up for discussion is this USA $10.75 space shuttle express mail stamp from my collection that has a USPS red and blue bi-color cancellation from San Jose, California. Some may argue this is two cancels, one red and one blue, but I think it was cancelled in two colors with one whack! Anybody heard of a bi-color cancelling device? I welcome anybody to add to this post with any additional information...

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21 Nov 2017
06:02:52pm
re: Bi-color Postmarks From The USA

I have never seen one from the USA, but I could provide lots of examples of special two-colour cancellations from Czechoslovakia in the 1930s.

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21 Nov 2017
06:10:34pm
re: Bi-color Postmarks From The USA

This is a received marking, not a standard postmark. This of course makes this item more interesting as it was cancelled incorrectly.

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Linus
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21 Nov 2017
06:36:07pm
re: Bi-color Postmarks From The USA

That makes sense, smauggie, that it was a misuse of a receiving cancel. I soaked this stamp myself from a clipping that was received in Des Moines, Iowa at a local company. I had several gals who received a foot-high stack of express mail envelopes everyday, and they clipped off the stamps for me from the few envelopes in the stack that did not have a meter sticker. This cancel was on one express mail letter from San Jose to Des Moines, but I just got a short-clipped corner of the envelope; they could not give me the whole thing.

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Linus
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21 Nov 2017
07:28:34pm
re: Bi-color Postmarks From The USA

I would be interested in contacting him. I do not think this stamp is of great value, more of an oddity, but people do collect all sorts of odd things in this hobby.

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Tom in Exton, PA
21 Nov 2017
10:35:53pm
re: Bi-color Postmarks From The USA

It would have to be a self inking stamper that would have two ink pads, in a configuration that protects the center from the surrounding red ink. And the center rotates to point at the correct day of the month. Interesting!

Since I've been trolling New Jersey post offices for postmarks, I've seen a lot of interesting new cancels, but don't have any information on them. Someone has to be documenting these, a question I'll pose to the PMCC that I recently joined.

Here's a few more modern postmarks I'd like to identify:

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Four short bars. I believe this is a self inker too.

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This is the first one I've seen with two lines.

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Here's an interesting one that repeats the town name, and says "USPS"

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03 Oct 2018
01:00:42pm
re: Bi-color Postmarks From The USA

I recently discovered this bi-color postmark from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania residing in the depths of my collection. The outer two rings with Philadelphia, PA and zip code 19104 are in black ink, while the date is in red ink, mostly. There is some black mixed in with the date, perhaps the result of a postal clerk using a black ink pad right after using a red ink pad? At least that is my best guess on this one, take a look...

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