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United States/Covers & Postmarks : Chicago postmark - comments please

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jamesw
01 Sep 2013
10:40:58pm
Picked up this envelope today, and I'll admit it was the cancel that caught my attention. The stamp is somewhat faded, so hard to ID but can anyone tell me about this postmark? I like it!

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edit - a closer look at the stamp makes me think it is an SC#206 (shading lines in arabesques on upper part of stamp)
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02 Sep 2013
11:11:28am
re: Chicago postmark - comments please

looks like a mute Chicago registry oval; probably used to cancel a third-class usage that didn't need to be dated

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02 Sep 2013
12:50:25pm
re: Chicago postmark - comments please

James - Nice cover and cancellation. Hard for me to determine what the actual stamp is for the scale of the photo. Could be a #206, looks like heavier shading. Here are some micro pic to maybe help identify what you have. 1st photo is of upper corner re-engraving detail and 2nd picture is a regular engraved. Re-engraved are quite obvious and much heavier shading.

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The other defining feature of the 1 cent Franklin is the bead to the left of the number 1 and has the small arc in the bead, better known as a secret mark. Following are examples without and with the mark. These are sometimes also quite faded out and hard to determine. I cannot tell what you have from your photo.

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Sorry I don't know a lot about cancellations. They are starting to catch my attention and I am paying more attention to note unusual ones.

Hope the above helps you identify your stamp. Don't forget to look for the a grill. You can usually tell if it has a grill by gently dragging a fingernail over the face of the stamp when is on cover. This particular stamp would only have the "H" grill, and be a Scott's #134 and they are not a common find.

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