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Marker Monkeys And Other Stamp Crimes.

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Posted 03/02/2009   1:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add djd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Johnstamp
I think to a degree that it is not as attractive as light circle cancel,
as opposed to the dreaded pen marker.
it is a legitimate cancel.
This is reason I position my stamps a little lower and to the left a bit more,I try to catch the circle or slogan rather than the bars.
David
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Posted 03/02/2009   1:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add johnstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for the advice!! I will do that in my next mail
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Posted 03/12/2009   6:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 1775mac to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What really is bad on this one other than the nice older copies now shot.
Is that the stamps were all hand cancelled to begin with.
Then some monkey comes along and does this.

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Posted 03/12/2009   7:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kirks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I missed this thread before starting my own about Pen Cancels, but these examples are horrendous. I don't know the post office regs, but I understand the clerks have a job to do and that they need to be sure that stamps get canceled.

For example, if a carrier were about to put a letter in my box and noticed there was no machine cancellation, he might scribble it with his pen. I have (almost) no problem with that. But if I take it to the counter and they scribble it there instead of picking up the rubber stamp, it makes me want to scream!

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Posted 03/12/2009   7:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 1775mac to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No problem Kirk, this is just one of my pet peaves whith the Post Office.
Some not all mind you, just do not have any care for the collectors.
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Posted 03/12/2009   7:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chicken to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Oh, 1775mac, that latest one just hurts!
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Posted 03/12/2009   9:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add laswabbie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No doubt about it Mac - you are the first place winner (or looser) in this post. That is just horrendous!
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Posted 03/14/2009   3:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kirks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
For you APS members, the Marker Monkey is featured on page 212 of the March 2009 issue of American Philatelist.
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Posted 03/14/2009   11:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add johnstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Does anyone have a scan of the article for us to read? thanks
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Posted 03/14/2009   11:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add e7sara to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
1775mac.... That is outrageous! Especially since they were already hand cancelled. Why would someone do that? I realize that many postal workers don't know or care squat about collecting, but someone had to go out of their way to do that. And considering the stamps were already cancelled they weren't worried about job security. The head clerk at our post office is a collector and he'll go out of his way to hand cancel a cover if asked. To think that some yahoo down the line might trash his thoughfulness for no good reason really makes my blood pressure rise (even with my meds)!
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Posted 03/15/2009   12:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modern_who to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Why would someone do that? ...the stamps were already cancelled....


Because they are malicious, envious, small. They are people who try to steal your enjoyment and pleasure. People who think that if they can't have or enjoy something, you shouldn't either. People who try to keep you in your place lest you surpass them or find some happiness or pleasure or independence apart from their lack of self-esteem or their misery. You'll find them everywhere. From bullies to bosses to bureaucrats, I have seen them all my life.
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Posted 03/15/2009   03:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add WpgLwr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Take them to your local Postmaster and complain. Maybe it happened in his office. He could probably put a directive on the bulletin board about this kind of behaviour, and keep an eye out for it.

Doesn't hurt to try.
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Posted 03/15/2009   07:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dianne Earl to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I guess I'm lucky that this hasn't happened to me yet. It had to have been done on purpose I agree that you should registar a complaint, I see no need to deface stamps this way.

Dianne
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Posted 03/15/2009   10:09 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kirks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
John:

It wasn't really and "article" -- just a letter to the editor...



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Posted 03/15/2009   12:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add johnstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the Post!
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