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Canada/Covers & Postmarks : Queen Victoria Cover by CPR to Wisconsin

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Linus
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19 Jan 2021
01:23:22pm
I will share with the club a cover from my collection that I was researching today. The stamp looks to be Queen Victoria Scott #37 orange-red, measured at perf 12, from 1873. The cancellations include a bar-killer, a Canadian Pacific Railway Mail Car British Columbia index E July 27 3, and a Stoughton, Wisconsin August 1 ???? receiver on the back. I wish I had a better year cancel, but I am guessing this was postmarked in 1883 or 1893, not 1873 or 1903. I am also puzzled as to where this cover was actually mailed. Any ideas or comments?

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19 Jan 2021
02:26:33pm
re: Queen Victoria Cover by CPR to Wisconsin

The cancellation is Ludlow RR-23 (RF 140 / 500 - moderate). In use from 1886-1899, therefore the date is almost undoubtedly 1893. That jives with my first impression that stamp is in fact a #41, not 37, although the scan is not sharp enough to say for sure.

Even in those days, Banff was a tourist destination. The cover was likely mailed on a train between Banff and Vancouver, although it probably wasn't cancelled until it switched over to an eastbound train (Note the "E" for East in the cancel).

Aug 1 receiver makes total sense.

Roy

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19 Jan 2021
03:13:26pm
re: Queen Victoria Cover by CPR to Wisconsin

Thanks Roy, for the information. I will make a note, that it is very likely 1893 for the year. I admit that I am no expert in the ID of these Queen Victoria stamps, using only the Scott Catalogue for a reference book. Scott lists #37 as orange-red and #41 as bright-vermillion in color. The stamp, in real life, is rather on the orange side, so I assumed it was #37, but it makes more sense that it is really a #41. Here is a closer scan of the stamp. Sorry, that my scanner seems to turn the color more red than it actually is.
(I just got a new one as my old HP all-in-one scanner/printer died back in 2020. The new one needs some settings changed for more accurate color scans.)

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