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Posted 07/23/2014   4:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add littleriverphil to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
As it was the very first 3C Agriculture stamp I aquired, the center stamp in the top scan below has always interested me. Was it a favor cancel from Washington, DC or a manuscript year date cancel from Hayseed, USA? Probabaly a question that will never be answered, but it did expand my interest to pen cancels. I found the rest of them on eBay. Can anyone read them all?





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Posted 07/23/2014   4:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kevin504 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
They appear to be year cancels...
1st...probably month, day, year
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Posted 07/23/2014   5:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, but where were they canceled? Do you think that some tiny post office canceled them with a pen or were they favor canceled in Washington, DC?
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Posted 07/23/2014   6:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Littleriverphil, I believe they are indeed cancels as Kevin504 said in his answer. The whole idea was to make them unusable. Years ago, at my fathers' electronics store in the Netherlands I had to do the same thing if someone came in and paid a large sum of money. It was the means by which revenue was collected.
On the Dutch tax stamps was actually a place for the date and year!

Peter
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Posted 07/23/2014   7:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kevin504 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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The whole idea was to make them unusable

YES.
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Posted 07/23/2014   8:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampcrow to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What is meant by "favor cancel"?
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Posted 07/23/2014   8:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kevin504 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"favor cancel"....just what the term implies.
Someone did you a "favor" and cancelled these stamps.

EX....Like James Farley signing some Nat Parks imperfs for
a collector at the time.
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Posted 07/23/2014   9:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampcrow to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you.
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Posted 07/23/2014   10:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The Official stamps were not avaible to the general public, except at the main post office in washington, DC, where you could buy them at face value, but the clerk had to cancel them. At the time they were current ( 1973 to 1884 ) they were difficult to come by used, except in Washington,DC.
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Posted 07/23/2014   11:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampcrow to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ok, I'm tracking now. Thanks folks.
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Posted 07/24/2014   09:55 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rileysan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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The Official stamps were not avaible to the general public, except at the main post office in washington, DC, where you could buy them at face value, but the clerk had to cancel them. At the time they were current ( 1973 to 1884 ) they were difficult to come by used, except in Washington,DC.



Thanks for the explanation. It appears we were missing the point due to a difference in terminology. I think most of us would recognize the term CTO (cancelled to order). I did not realize these were available to the public like this. Good info!

Brian
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Posted 07/24/2014   8:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sorry, used to older terms, most of everything written about Official Stamps was written quite a while back and use the older terms, such as "favor cancel ", I'd forgotten the newer termology.
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