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06 Apr 2021
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06 Apr 2021
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I think they do it at our local post office...i can understand if they are U.S. stamps but why mutilate stamps from other countries ?

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06 Apr 2021
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Hi,
This type of cancellation is actually illegal at Canadian Post Offices, according to the post mistress at my local post office. They must be cancelled with a stamp with a date. I did see one of her assistants do this to one of my letters I'm sending and actually shouted at her to stop. After a discussion with the post mistress this type of scribble on stamps now has stopped, and all my sent letters and parcels are carefully cancelled with a clear stamp showing the post office and date.
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06 Apr 2021
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It is against the rules in the USA.

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06 Apr 2021
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"It is against the rules in the USA"



I'm calling the USPS Postal Police. I assume jail time is proportional to the value of the stamps mutilated?
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06 Apr 2021
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Never call the cops !

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06 Apr 2021
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06 Apr 2021
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My customer, who is a letter carrier, here in Ottawa, has been instructed to cancel all skipped stamps with a crayon or grease pencil.

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06 Apr 2021
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And recent postally used commems from Ukraine do not seem that easy to come by...

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06 Apr 2021
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I think this type of cover clearly states "this is from and/or to a stamp collector". As such, it then becomes a target for a disgruntled/unstable postal worker.

The fact that they don't just put a single stroke through the stamp (as I have seen countless times) but purposely scribble over the stamps is what a CSI person would undoubtedly describe as "overkill" - a clear indicator that this is "personal". And the fact that Tony has gotten a couple of these is also telling - perhaps your postie is philatelaphobic.

If I was Tony, I'd ask my neighbours if this has happened to them (chances are the answer will be "no", especially if their letters arrive with just one or a couple "regular" stamps). I'd also consider complaining to the postal authorities and ask them if they feel this is an appropriate action.

It really is disheartening that some people in the business of delivering mail - especially when it is obviously from/to someone who loves stamps (people who keep them employed BTW!) - decides to be a destructive vigilante.

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10 Apr 2021
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" ... It is against the rules in the USA. ..."

Can anyone quote where in the DMM this might be found ?
It would save me hours of searching through postal gibberish tomorrow.

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11 Apr 2021
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i'd be interested in seeing this rule, too. I'd never heard of it before. And it always seemed to me that revenue protection trumped any policies on use of killing devices.

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11 Apr 2021
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A question for those that collect stamps that are "used" or "been through the postal system"
surely the use of pens, sharpies, nails, sellotape, labels or moose poo qualifies to be collected as the stamps are "used" and "been through the postal system"?


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11 Apr 2021
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I suspect that this often gets confused with the regulations stated in the USPS manual regarding philatelic postmarking.

In that regard, it is not forbidden, but is frowned upon.


This from the manual regarding philatelic mail;

"164.221 Clear and Legible Postmarks. Employees should strive to furnish clear and
legible postmarks to stamp collectors by ensuring that cancellation machines and hand-stamp
devices are properly inked. Postal employees must give special attention to mail bearing an
endorsement of philatelic value or to requests for light cancellations and should avoid canceling
stamps by pen or illegible smudging; however, stamps must be canceled sufficiently to protect
postal revenue.
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As far as I know, there is no actual rule/regulation against cancelling stamps that defaces the stamp.

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11 Apr 2021
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" bearing an endorsement of philatelic value or to requests for light cancellations "



I think this is the nub of the issue.

Maybe we should add the phrase "Philatelic Value" on all our envelopes/packages. Or please cancel under rule 164.221
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12 Apr 2021
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thanks Randy

the emphasis is on protecting postal revenue; all other elements are guidance and suggestions, and require an endorsement by the sender to alert postal employees of these suggestions.

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24 Apr 2021
05:26:55pm
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Now if you do not want date time cancels, and want to have nice stamps, check out what arrived in the mail today. Check out the cancels.


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24 Apr 2021
08:46:22pm
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I will admit to being the sender of the 2nd example Mel posted.

In past, I have had members tell me the envelopes sometimes arrive without any cancellation or mutilated with pen marks (generally the former, seldom the latter). While these often find their way back to The Holocaust Stamps Project as donations, I know that some recipients have been disappointed that they didn't get a decent cancelled stamp.

So lately I have been driving them to my local postal outlet, rather than just putting them in a drop box near my home. Then I ask the clerk to use a circular cancel (like the one shown on Mel's envelope) which they are happy to do (although sometimes they use an oblong version).

It's a little more time/work and sometimes delays mailings a bit (I wait until I have a handful to mail, to save gas money) but I think by and large members appreciate seeing a variety of stamps with a decent cancel.

Dave.

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25 Apr 2021
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I do the same thing, Dave! I take the letters inside and have them apply the rectangular cancel to my letters!

I learned one of the clerks is a stamp collector as well. I was talking to him the other day & he said he found a round steel hammer canceller for Brighton! Although there's no year in it, he wants to resurrect it for guys like me that come in for special cancellations! I only have one, from the 1880's! Those cancels from my town are few & far between!

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25 Apr 2021
10:57:21am
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Interesting, Pete.

I've often wondered if there are/were official mandates to destroy obsolete cancelling devices. It would seem that these could be used for nefarious purposes - creating "fake" cancellations that would be indistinguishable from "genuine", for example.

Like, what would stop your stamp collecting postal employee from setting the date on his old Brighton cancelling device to a 19th century date, and cancelling some mint stamps to increase their value? Or, creating some covers cancelled on historical dates? Old fake first-day covers?

Or, maybe postal authorities aren't worried/don't care about this.

How many vintage cancelling devices are out there?

-Paul

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25 Apr 2021
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I live next to a house in my community that used to house the community post office in Black Point, Nova Scotia. The lady who ran it retired in the mid 1980's and, since I was running an antique store at the time, gave me the original (1940's) post office sign and the post office stamping equipment to do wish as I pleased. I kept the sign and will pass it on to the community center in nearby Hubbards at some point. The stamping equipment I sold, I really should have kept it! Anyway, it's out there somewhere in the collection of a person who collects that type of item. If he wanted to use it to make fake cancellations I suppose he could. There's probably a lot of that stuff out there!

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26 Apr 2021
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I’ve seen US cancellation devices for sale on eBay. I don’t know how the sellers came into them. I thought to bid on one just to have an old time steel cancel in my collection but they sold for more than I’d pay.

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27 Apr 2021
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Are the postal police like the fish police. Cause they are tough. Dont mess with fish. Party

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I think they do it at our local post office...i can understand if they are U.S. stamps but why mutilate stamps from other countries ?

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06 Apr 2021
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Hi,
This type of cancellation is actually illegal at Canadian Post Offices, according to the post mistress at my local post office. They must be cancelled with a stamp with a date. I did see one of her assistants do this to one of my letters I'm sending and actually shouted at her to stop. After a discussion with the post mistress this type of scribble on stamps now has stopped, and all my sent letters and parcels are carefully cancelled with a clear stamp showing the post office and date.
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06 Apr 2021
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"It is against the rules in the USA"



I'm calling the USPS Postal Police. I assume jail time is proportional to the value of the stamps mutilated?
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My customer, who is a letter carrier, here in Ottawa, has been instructed to cancel all skipped stamps with a crayon or grease pencil.

David G
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06 Apr 2021
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And recent postally used commems from Ukraine do not seem that easy to come by...

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06 Apr 2021
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I think this type of cover clearly states "this is from and/or to a stamp collector". As such, it then becomes a target for a disgruntled/unstable postal worker.

The fact that they don't just put a single stroke through the stamp (as I have seen countless times) but purposely scribble over the stamps is what a CSI person would undoubtedly describe as "overkill" - a clear indicator that this is "personal". And the fact that Tony has gotten a couple of these is also telling - perhaps your postie is philatelaphobic.

If I was Tony, I'd ask my neighbours if this has happened to them (chances are the answer will be "no", especially if their letters arrive with just one or a couple "regular" stamps). I'd also consider complaining to the postal authorities and ask them if they feel this is an appropriate action.

It really is disheartening that some people in the business of delivering mail - especially when it is obviously from/to someone who loves stamps (people who keep them employed BTW!) - decides to be a destructive vigilante.

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" ... It is against the rules in the USA. ..."

Can anyone quote where in the DMM this might be found ?
It would save me hours of searching through postal gibberish tomorrow.

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i'd be interested in seeing this rule, too. I'd never heard of it before. And it always seemed to me that revenue protection trumped any policies on use of killing devices.

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11 Apr 2021
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Jings!.....Crivvens!.....Help Ma Boab!


A question for those that collect stamps that are "used" or "been through the postal system"
surely the use of pens, sharpies, nails, sellotape, labels or moose poo qualifies to be collected as the stamps are "used" and "been through the postal system"?


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re: Killer cancels

I suspect that this often gets confused with the regulations stated in the USPS manual regarding philatelic postmarking.

In that regard, it is not forbidden, but is frowned upon.


This from the manual regarding philatelic mail;

"164.221 Clear and Legible Postmarks. Employees should strive to furnish clear and
legible postmarks to stamp collectors by ensuring that cancellation machines and hand-stamp
devices are properly inked. Postal employees must give special attention to mail bearing an
endorsement of philatelic value or to requests for light cancellations and should avoid canceling
stamps by pen or illegible smudging; however, stamps must be canceled sufficiently to protect
postal revenue.
"




As far as I know, there is no actual rule/regulation against cancelling stamps that defaces the stamp.

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11 Apr 2021
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" bearing an endorsement of philatelic value or to requests for light cancellations "



I think this is the nub of the issue.

Maybe we should add the phrase "Philatelic Value" on all our envelopes/packages. Or please cancel under rule 164.221
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thanks Randy

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24 Apr 2021
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Now if you do not want date time cancels, and want to have nice stamps, check out what arrived in the mail today. Check out the cancels.


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But, If you like nice date time cancels, check out the next.

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24 Apr 2021
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re: Killer cancels

I will admit to being the sender of the 2nd example Mel posted.

In past, I have had members tell me the envelopes sometimes arrive without any cancellation or mutilated with pen marks (generally the former, seldom the latter). While these often find their way back to The Holocaust Stamps Project as donations, I know that some recipients have been disappointed that they didn't get a decent cancelled stamp.

So lately I have been driving them to my local postal outlet, rather than just putting them in a drop box near my home. Then I ask the clerk to use a circular cancel (like the one shown on Mel's envelope) which they are happy to do (although sometimes they use an oblong version).

It's a little more time/work and sometimes delays mailings a bit (I wait until I have a handful to mail, to save gas money) but I think by and large members appreciate seeing a variety of stamps with a decent cancel.

Dave.

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I do the same thing, Dave! I take the letters inside and have them apply the rectangular cancel to my letters!

I learned one of the clerks is a stamp collector as well. I was talking to him the other day & he said he found a round steel hammer canceller for Brighton! Although there's no year in it, he wants to resurrect it for guys like me that come in for special cancellations! I only have one, from the 1880's! Those cancels from my town are few & far between!

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25 Apr 2021
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Interesting, Pete.

I've often wondered if there are/were official mandates to destroy obsolete cancelling devices. It would seem that these could be used for nefarious purposes - creating "fake" cancellations that would be indistinguishable from "genuine", for example.

Like, what would stop your stamp collecting postal employee from setting the date on his old Brighton cancelling device to a 19th century date, and cancelling some mint stamps to increase their value? Or, creating some covers cancelled on historical dates? Old fake first-day covers?

Or, maybe postal authorities aren't worried/don't care about this.

How many vintage cancelling devices are out there?

-Paul

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re: Killer cancels

I live next to a house in my community that used to house the community post office in Black Point, Nova Scotia. The lady who ran it retired in the mid 1980's and, since I was running an antique store at the time, gave me the original (1940's) post office sign and the post office stamping equipment to do wish as I pleased. I kept the sign and will pass it on to the community center in nearby Hubbards at some point. The stamping equipment I sold, I really should have kept it! Anyway, it's out there somewhere in the collection of a person who collects that type of item. If he wanted to use it to make fake cancellations I suppose he could. There's probably a lot of that stuff out there!

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26 Apr 2021
09:54:55am

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I’ve seen US cancellation devices for sale on eBay. I don’t know how the sellers came into them. I thought to bid on one just to have an old time steel cancel in my collection but they sold for more than I’d pay.

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