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Posted 04/26/2008   7:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add bigdawg_cb to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I found a Benjamin Franklin stamp looks very similar to the picture posted EXCEPT the top and bottom are straight cut and not 11 perforations. The same cancelation but from Omaha Nebraska. If anyone knows what year and if it's worth anything I'd be very greatful.

NOT ACTUAL PICTURE OF MY STAMP the top and bottom on mine is straight


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Posted 04/26/2008   8:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nr-notrare to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Hello bigdawg.....

Welcome to the club.......

Stamps with opposing straight edges are called coil stamps, either horizontal or vertical. That type of cancel is called a 'pre-cancel'.....canceled before being used by government agencies as a security device to stop employees from trying to use the stamps on personal items. And, there are hundreds of cities & towns to be found on pre-canceled stamps.

It is not possible to identify a Franklin stamp from just a description or image because there are quite a few look-alikes for that issue. Also, you mention '11 perforations'.....this leads me to think that you are counting the perforations. Perforations and the spaces between them need to be measured with a 'perf gauge', not counted. Here' s a look at one type:


Here's another type of pre-cancel:


The time period for those types of Franklin stamps was the 1920 - 30's.


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Posted 04/27/2008   9:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bigdawg_cb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you I'll do some more research and see what I can find about it. If I remember I'll post an exact picture of the stamp I found. A lot more information about stamps then I ever knew.
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