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Posted 03/16/2015   12:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add rustyc to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I bought this stamp because I wanted an example of a preprint paper fold, but I was also intrigued by the marking, which I haven't been able to identify. I don't think it's a cancel, but it's obviously related to a patent medicine. Can anybody help?


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Posted 03/16/2015   8:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It is a cancel. Some companies put the appropriate revenue on their labels and then used a large advertising cancel to tie it. The only way to see all of the cancel is to find one still on a label. Alas. A 5 cent stamp means a product that retailed for $1.25.
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Thanks, rev. It's good to know that it's a cancel, but wow. I did a little Google searching for patent medicine labels, and, as your "alas" intimated, it looks like identifying the company is a needle-in-a-haystack proposition at best.
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Posted 03/16/2015   8:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There is no useful info here as far as a company name, or a location, or even a specific time period other than 1862-1871.
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