A new acquisition, one of the coolest revenue fancy cancels, part of a skull and crossbones on an R14c.
Credit for the research on this one goes to Bruce Baryla:
This 'Skull and Bones' handstamp was known to collectors of fancy handstamps by its appearance as a 'sender's mark' on covers mailed in 1857 by the 'Society of Twenty-Two,' a Yale University based fraternal group associated with the famous Skull and Bones Society.
This same handstamp was used years later as a stamp canceling device. As it turns out, the secretary of the 'Society of Twenty-Two' in 1857 was Robert A. Beckwith. He became a photographer and co-owner of the Whitney & Beckwith studio - and he repurposed the handstamp from his college days to cancel revenue stamps.
A great link! An even better exhibit by Bruce Baryla. I really enjoyed it, thanks.
30 year APS Member It's my hobby, not my investment. Life is not a race or a contest. Nor is life a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body. Me, I will slide in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming WOW! What a Ride!