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Posted 04/17/2011   12:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add wt1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I know there are many websites that catalog the use of fancy cancels and the like, but I have a number of "slogan cancels" from the 1940's through the 1970's and was wondering if there was a way to identify either the earliest known use or last known use for them.

To start off with, here's a slogan cancel for the Red Cross dating to 1936:



...and one supporting hiring the handicapped as far back as 1953:



Anyone know if these are considered early uses for those slogan cancels, or did they date back a lot earlier than these examples would suggest?

Frankly, I never studied these very much, but did obtain a large accumulation of cut squares from this period and found that compiling the different types of slogan cancellations made for a rather interesting collection.
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Posted 04/17/2011   1:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add imunhinged to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have a U.S. Postal Slogan Cancel Catalog by Moe Luff. It is a revised edition dated 1975.
Your first item, Red Cross Roll Call - Join - with a large black cross is listed as #4900B used in 'various cities' from 1924 - 1940. There are similar cancels with small variations.
Your second item, Hire the Handicapped Its Good Business is listed as #3410, issued in various cities from 1948-1974. There is a second variety with IT'S instead of ITS.
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Posted 04/17/2011   2:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Russ to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
wt1, the red cross slogan was from a International Postal Supply Co. Model E42 and was used during 1935-36. The second cancel was from a International Postal Supply Co. Model D26 and was used from 1953-54.
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Posted 04/17/2011   2:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks everyone for the information. Yet another collecting discipline to consider.

Here are a few other slogan cancels from 1957-1959. I found these interesting because of their specific references to organizations such as Goodwill Industries, TB Association, Heart Fund, United Way (and that's an early United "Way", I would assume, as they used to be known as United Fund or Community Chest):










...and by the way, anyone know when the first "Pray for Peace" slogan cancel came out? Although very common in the 1960's and 1970's, a 1959 slogan cancel seems a bit early to me, as it was between wars:

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Posted 04/17/2011   3:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Russ to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The Philly was a International Postal Supply Model D42 used in 1957. Woodstown was International Postal Supply Model D30 I don't have date info. York were both Universal Model D110 no date info. Pray for peace was International Postal Supply Model J30 no date info.

The Pray For Peace slogan cancels were first used in mid 1956. By August of 1956 over 10,000 Pray For Peace cancel dies had been issued by the POD.
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Posted 04/17/2011   3:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great info.! Thanks again for the help.
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Posted 04/17/2011   8:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add panda.bear to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As someone who was always intrigued by slogan cancels I'm loving this thread! I hope many more will post their own as I certainly will.
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Posted 04/17/2011   10:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
panda.bear: You may be sorry you encouraged me ... here are a few more slogan cancels I found:

From 1957 (Give - Mental Health Fund):



From 1967 ... and this one is a double-strike with two different dates (National Children's Dental Health Week):



And yet another from 1967, that says "ABCD Mail For Better Business Service". By the way, does anyone know what "ABCD Mail" meant? I doubt anyone was asked to alphabetize them "A-B-C-D..." but yet I do seem to recall years ago there were stickers placed on packets of mail destined for a particular zip code or city or region of the country. Could this be the beginnings of it? Or maybe "ABCD" was an acronym for something else (?) ...

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Posted 04/17/2011   11:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Russ to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
First is a International Postal Suppy Model J30 1957. The last 2 were Pitney-Bowes Model A110 which ran a variety of slogans (there were 3 2 of the cancel machines installed in 1967).
Edit: sometime I have a hard time counting to 2.
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Edited by Russ - 04/18/2011 10:32 am
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Posted 04/18/2011   10:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Although not the best impression, here's another slogan cancel from 1960 (that I suspect was only used that year) given the slogan used "25 Years: Social Security in America":

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Posted 04/18/2011   11:12 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Russ to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That cancel was from Internation Postal Supply Model J30. My database does not list that slogan from station 3 only from 8. This is not unusual as historically most people paid little attention to these cancels and many cancel had not been reported at the time my DB was compiled.
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Posted 04/18/2011   11:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I also find this one dated 1958 to be interesting. It suggests that the new minimum size for envelopes will be 2-3/4" x 4", effective July 1, 1959. I measured it out as shown and that's very small, especially by today's standards ... considerably smaller than a standard index card!

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Posted 04/21/2011   5:50 pm  Show Profile Check Nells250's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Just started a thread in TOPICALS about slogan/pictoral cancels from all years. But can I share here, too?


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Posted 04/22/2011   12:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add danstamps54 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The amount of knowledge on this board never ceases to amaze me!

It looks like I'm going to have to put Luff's book on my want list.

Russ, that is quite an impressive DB you have. I'm interested in different machine/slogan cancellations but the only information I can find is by machine type. Is there anything similar to the PSS catalog for machine cancellations?

Thanks!
Dan
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Posted 04/22/2011   7:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here are some others with the "Buy Bonds" theme from 1936, 1941 and 1953:






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