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Could This Be A Legitimate Printed Cancel?

 
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Posted 09/17/2014   12:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add rustyc to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Here is the stamp, R5a:



In his pamphlet on printed cancellations, Howard Beaumont lists one for V. & S. as follows:

"V. & S. / FEB-20-63" printed vertically reading up in Roman caps 3 mm high. First line 15 mm long; second line 21 mm.

On this one, the top line is exactly the same. However, the cancel obviously reads down instead of up, there is a period rather than a dash after "DEC," and the second line is only 2 mm. high and 19 mm. long. So it's definitely different. On the other hand, Beaumont says that in some instances he had only one example of a cancellation to work from.

Any thoughts? I don't know if the cancel is so scarce that someone would be tempted to fake it on a very common stamp.
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Posted 09/17/2014   12:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It's printed. And it's genuine. These cancels were usually done by the sheet at the local newspaper office, using whatever type they had laying around. Being done at different times means they reset it, so the type and spacing were slightly different from Feb. to Dec. Often they were slightly different in the same sheet for the same reason.
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Thank you, revcollector. I continue to learn on this board after collecting basically in isolation for years.
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Posted 09/17/2014   8:04 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice!
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