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egertoni
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02 Oct 2018
07:24:17pm
U.S. fancy cancels is an area relatively new to me and I'm finding it difficult to figure out how to use what I assume are the basic reference works for these cancels. I had assumed that these references would include one or more examples of the most common fancy cancels among the many they feature. For that reason, I'm puzzled that I cannot find in Skinner and Eno's United States Cancellations 1845-1869 any example of what I think is a common type of fancy cancel from that period. (Hey, if there are several in my collection it's got to be a common cancel.) This is a circular design featuring a number of wedges. Perhaps I just missed it or perhaps it's not considered a fancy cancel. The authors state they're providing a representative sample of the "more ordinary" cancels. Clearly, I need some help. Here's an example such a cancel on a cover from the 1860s with a 3 cent Washington (Scott #65) that was sent from New York City to Waterbury, Connecticut.

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musicman
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02 Oct 2018
07:33:44pm
re: Using References on Fancy Cancels

Vince - AKA 'vinman' here at SOR - can probably help you regarding fancy cancels.

Maybe he will chime in here soon!

Happy


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02 Oct 2018
07:51:20pm
re: Using References on Fancy Cancels

6500 Fancy Cancels in a free online database.

http://stampsmarter.com/features/FancyCancels_Home.html

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vinman
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02 Oct 2018
09:08:27pm
re: Using References on Fancy Cancels

egertoni,
The cancel you show is a more common type. Most of the literature will not have a listing for the more common material. Your cancel is a circular cancel of eight wedges. New York city had many different types of these cork cancels and you could make a nice study of the different varieties.
If you have an interest in US cancellations I can send you a sample copy of "The US Cancellation Club News". We study all types of US cancellations. Send me an email with your request. My adress is listed in the member's profile. This offer is open to all Stamporama members.

Vince

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egertoni
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02 Oct 2018
10:49:58pm
re: Using References on Fancy Cancels

Vince

Thanks for your response which gives me a much better feel for the literature. And, yes, I have a growing interest in the 19th century US cancels. I will email you separately to get a copy of The US Cancellation Club News.

Jim

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