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StampWrangler
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19 Jul 2018
05:30:15pm
I've searched online unsuccessfully. Does anyone know what the numbers in the center of canoe postmarks designate?
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19 Jul 2018
06:44:19pm
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OK, I'll bite. What are canoe postmarks?

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smauggie
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19 Jul 2018
10:23:48pm
re: Canoe Postmarks

Are you referring to this style of duplex cancel?

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StampWrangler
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19 Jul 2018
10:46:11pm
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Yes! I'm sorry - I've always heard them referred to as "canoes" - maybe it's a local term! They usually have a number, or sometimes a letter in them. I have many with numbers 1 through 7, and one with a letter K.
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smauggie
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19 Jul 2018
11:22:27pm
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I have most often heard this called football killers (the killer being the part of the cancel that marks the stamp so it cannot be reused).

As to your original question, the number in the cancel is the postal station number. In a big post office in a big town you could have 30 or more postal stations with postal workers cancelling mail by hand. Each station is numbered and that number is reflected in the killer of the cancel.

Some small towns may have a star in the center as they only had one station.

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vinman
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20 Jul 2018
06:09:30am
re: Canoe Postmarks

The correct term is 'ellipse'.
Here is a link to Coles book on cancels, there is a chapter on the Ellipse style cancels.
https://d2jf3tgwe889fp.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/CL-TP-COLE-Cancellations-and-Killers-of-the-Banknote-Era-1870-1894-James-M-Cole-345p-%2B-10-pp-Bookmarked.pdf

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StampWrangler
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20 Jul 2018
12:04:58pm
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Thanks guys - great info!

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31 Jul 2018
10:04:19pm
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Hi I have some in the #30s. and I have A,B,C,D,Image Not Found

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vinman
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01 Aug 2018
08:20:43am
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For more information on Ellipse cancels check The American Philatelist. There was a series that ran from January 1935 to April 1936 titled "Standardized Hand Stamp Cancellations on the Bank Note Issues" by Gilbert M. Burr. This series of articles was put in book form in 2004 by The US Cancellation Club. If you are interested I can check to see if any copies are still for sale.

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vinman
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01 Aug 2018
08:52:50am
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Here are scans of the index for the US Cancellation Club's News Letter. It covers issues up to #273, November 2009. Most back issues are available from The US Cancellation Club. Issues run from $2.00 - $6.00 depending on year. I am happy to send you or anyone else that would like a back issues free to see if you may be interested in joining.

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StampWrangler
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01 Aug 2018
02:45:09pm
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Off topic here, but thanks Vinman for the reference to wrdv.org - I am a huge fan of big band and swing, and did not know this station existed - I'll be listening online daily!

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