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General Philatelic/Gen. Discussion : Recent Acquisitions 16

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vinman
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26 Dec 2018
09:12:46pm
I guess it's time to start a new thread.
Here are some "Patent" cancels I picked up recently.
I used my microscope for close up views to show where the cancel cut the stamp to help the ink soak in better to help prevent reuse.

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This is the second stamp. The first did not show very well. The ring cuts the paper. I have seen copies where the ring is completely removed which I believe was the intention of the Post Office. Easy to find, it was used in Rochester,NY & Albany,NY.
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The area around the small squares shows where the cancel cut the paper.
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The small diamond shapes are where the cancel punched through the stamp. This cancel was used in several cities and there are many variations. Another cancel that is easy to find on and off cover.
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This cancel leaves no doubt it was meant to deface the stamp
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Tom in Exton, PA
29 Dec 2018
12:36:59pm
re: Recent Acquisitions 16

Great cancels Vince!

I just won the following lot on eBay and am anxious to receive it in the mail. I have a search agent looking for Canal Zone 1903-1906 covers and post cards. The post card one gives results almost daily, but mostly unused post cards. So I sat bolt upright when this came into view!

This was a two card lot that I don't believe the seller had any inkling that the stamp on cover is rare. No indication at all in the text, you had to look at the images to see it. Starting bid of $9.99 and I thought I was the only person who had noticed it buried in the postcard section

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Card number one... decent non philatelic usage. Blurry cancel, I can make out ANCON as the locale, the message is dated 10/30/04 on the reverse to confirm the date. I'm happy to have it in my collection.

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Card number two... Doah! As Homer Simpson would've said. Beautiful cancels, it seems someone at Ancon finally cleaned the cancel device, but no stamp! Man! It is part of the same correspondence, and postmarked on December 12. The missing stamp area in the cancel does appear to be wider, so maybe it wasn't a Franklin. Either way it was a tag along cover. I'm happy just to get the first one.

Of course I there were no bids until the last few seconds. I had mine stored in eSnipe and someone else must've done the same. I wound up paying $44 for it, still a happy camper.



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30 Dec 2018
07:00:47pm
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I just won this great addition to my collection. It's an unused 1840 Great Britain 1 cent Mulready envelope. It appears to be in excellent condition and I'm happy with the 20% of cat winning bid. These envelopes were issued on May 1st 1840, 6 days before the penny Black was put into service. Like the penny Black the Mulready was an experiment to see which would be more popular. The Mulready was not that well received (for several reasons) and the penny Black/stamps won the day and the future.

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jbaxter5256
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31 Dec 2018
01:49:44pm
re: Recent Acquisitions 16

Very nice Mulready envelope!

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Bobstamp
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31 Dec 2018
03:57:14pm
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I've always liked "oddball" philatelic items, so it didn't take me long to put this block in my APS StampStore shopping cart:

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My "aircraft on stamps" collection contains a number of nice airmail stamps picturing birds, so this block is an ideal addition. Triangle stamps have always intrigued me.

Bob

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londonbus1
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01 Jan 2019
03:23:48am
re: Recent Acquisitions 16

Just landed, along with others from the series, are these from the 'Commune Libres de Montmartre'.
These are from the 1st Series, 1921-23. The values inscribed were for fund-raising purposes for additions and improvements to the Sacre Coeur Basilica in the Montmartre District of Paris.
The French Post Office objected to the values and they were overprinted with Black or red lines. The 2nd series from 1924 were printed without values.
The two pairs below show both types from the 1st series but on pink paper. I have only seen one of these on pink paper previously, that being on a Philatelic Cover from 1924.
Philatelic items from the Free Commune rarely come on the market and the exact numbers printed are not known.

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Tom in Exton, PA
10 Jan 2019
06:16:52pm
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I just picked up this interesting cover via the 'bay. It's an international mail, registered cover franked with 20 of Scott 314, imperforate stamps. It's franked with a block of ten, a block of six and two pairs for a total of 20 cents postage.

It was mailed from Howell, Indiana on August 29, 1918. It made it's way to New York City's Foreign Mail office by September 1st. And then off to Augsberg, Germany by September 13th. That's not bad for early 20th century ship mail.

It appears to be business mail, but I'm open to suggestions. These imperforate stamps were made to be sold to companies developing stamp affixing and vending equipment to apply their own perforations. Of course, they were sold to collectors and are not all that scarce on cover. So I'm thinking that the sender was a stamp collector.

I generally avoid philatellically induced covers, especially with stamps used long out of their circulation period. For instance I avoid covers using these stamps during the 1930s by stamp dealers. This one wasn't too far out of it's 1908 issue date, and I see some of the private perforations on commercial mail this late.

The seller originally had this out there with a "Buy It Now" of $500 without any takers on two tours through the system. Last time he put it up for auction and I bought it for $113, a far cry from their original asking price!

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10 Jan 2019
06:24:44pm
re: Recent Acquisitions 16

Hi Tom,
It is a philatelic creation by a well known collector and postmaster. As you mentioned, stamps used 12 years after release date was a tipoff.

Here is more info on Ernst Heusler
http://conceptsindustrial.com/stamps/trans-miss/pdfFiles/Huesler_Exhibit.pdf

The huge asking price and eventual high selling price is due to the connection with Heusler and the fact that it is a philatelic creation probably did not bother those who sought the cover.
Don

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Tom in Exton, PA
10 Jan 2019
07:05:58pm
re: Recent Acquisitions 16

Thanks Don! I put it on the board because I had a hunch there would be a story! And a great one at that. I am happy to have this bit of history. It's up there with my Alvin Filstrup / Covel Mfg Co covers!

Upon reading the information at the link you provided, the good doctor died in 2017, so I took a second look at my cover and noticed it was mailed in 2013, not 2018. The Howell address is listed as his last address. I noticed that this is a later cover than the ones in the exhibit too.

Oh I love the history of all of this. No matter how long I've been collecting the Franklins, I keep learning new stuff!

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10 Jan 2019
07:12:19pm
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I think you got a very nice cover. You can find some of his material in Siegal auctions.

The 1913 usage is not considered contemporaneous, but this is a good example of little impact to value. This cover will make a great addition to your collection.
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pigdoc
11 Jan 2019
10:16:46am
re: Recent Acquisitions 16

Tom, I can't help but notice that Heusler's return address is Howell Sta., but the postmark appears to be plain Howell. Jim Forte's site says that "Howell Sta." was in use between 1890 and 1893. Then, "Howell" was in use between 1893 and 1898. Then, "Howell Sta." was back in use from 1898-1907. Then, "Howell Br." was in use from 1907-1916. Then, it went back to "Howell Sta." until discontinuation in 1950.

Notwithstanding the Postmaster's inevitable frustration with the thought of having to replace his handstamp every few years, it appears that the postmark on the cover is incorrect for the time period, 1913. It should have been the short-lived "Howell Br." at that time.

Also, as an infrequent creator of philatelic covers, I always struggle with who to send them to, to be assured that I'll be able to get them back to add to my collection. This always makes me wonder about the relationship between sender and recipient for covers like these. Add to that the intervening Atlantic Ocean! What was the relationship between Mr Heusler and the Magistrate of Ausburg, Germany?!? Were they related?

Nice cover!
-Paul

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Tom in Exton, PA
11 Jan 2019
12:14:08pm
re: Recent Acquisitions 16

Thanks for the history on the post office Paul! The fact that the sender was a postmaster may have had some bearing on the changes.

It doesn't seem to be because of the US Geographical Survey in 1895, that simplified town names. Even with those, some of the NJ towns that were to simplify, as in two words becoming one, are seen on cover past that date with the former name. Part of the ruling was that the changes were to be implemented upon change of postmaster. So I'm betting that a lot of towns never did the change. Towns did go back to their former spelling around 1905, and I have yet to find the law that allowed that to happen.

Note that the return address is Howell Sta, while the postmark reads just Howell. And ya'd think the postmaster would have given his own philatelic mail clearer postmarks!

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sheepshanks
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11 Jan 2019
06:05:08pm

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Maybe this would have been the more correct thread for that which I posted here.https://stamporama.com/discboard/disc_main.php?action=20&id=11686#157103

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