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February 29 - Leap Day - Leap Year Cancels

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Posted 10/09/2018   2:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very neat thread. A lot of nice stuff.

I've often thought of doing some date-centric collection, but have never gotten around to it.

One other fun collection would be to collect January 1st (or early Jan) dates where the year slug wasn't changed, and is obviously the prior year.
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Posted 10/09/2018   8:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chipg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's my only one:
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Posted 10/10/2018   01:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Perfin_RK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you, Interesting area for collecting, never thought of it myself.


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Posted 02/27/2020   7:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A second round of year-by-year covers for 2020:

1812 Folded letter datelined at Amenia, New York on Feb 27, 1812, and postmarked at Poughkeepsie, New York on leap day. Rated at 12-1/2 cents for 90 to 150 miles. Sent collect.


1824 Folded letter datelined at Deerfield, New York on Feb 27, 1824, and posted at Utica, New York on leap day. Rated at 12 cents for 80 to 150 miles, but no doubt interpreted as 12-1/2 cents. Sent collect.


1832 Putnam, Ohio manuscript postmark and rating. Originally rated at 6 cents for not over 30 miles, it was subsequently marked "undercharged" and re-rated to 10 cents for 30 to 80 miles. The difference being "as the crow flies" and distance actually carried on post roads. Sent collect.


1836 New York, New York handstamp in red and 12-1/2 cent rate marking for 80 to 150 miles to Philadelphia. Sent collect.


1840 New York, New York handstamp and arced "PAID" markings, both in red. Rated at 10 cents for 30 to 80 miles. Sent pre-paid!


1844 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania handstamp and "PAID" markings in blue. Rated at 12-1/2 cents for 80 to 150 miles. The signature at the upper left translates into Elisha Sheldon Goodrich / Transcribing Clerk Senate. State officials had no free franking authority, but his signature and title no doubt authorized the postage prepayment at the post office.



1848 New York, New York with a Boyd's City Express local stamp (20L4) on folded letter tied by NYC handstamp with "5 cts" within the bottom of the dial. Sent collect to New Haven, CT.


1852 New York, New York "paid 3" handstamp. The 3-cent prepaid letter rate began in 1851, and this device is known used into 1853, thus 1852 use.


1856 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania postmark and matching blue "PAID 3" in an oval.


1860 Boston, Massachusetts red city date stamp and black "PAID". Stamp with double frame line at left.



1864 Taunton, Massachusetts postmark with internal year date and a nice star-in-circle killer.


1868 North Manchester, Connecticut double-ring circle device with separate concentric circle "target" killer.


1872 Lancaster, Ohio handstamp with quartered cork killer on stamp printed by the National Bank Note Company showing type B relief which first appeared in January 1872.


1876 Lewisville, Indiana manuscript cancel on UX3 postal card to Bentonville, IN. (Fricke, SP-26)


1884 West Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts toothed double circle handstamp with duplexed star killer.


1888 McGrawville, New York with "M.C. Bingham, P.M." at the bottom of the CDS, and with duplexed star-in-circle killer on UX5 postal card used locally.


1892 Two for one! Hurleton, California and Forbestown, California. Handstamped county cancels on registered package receipt card. Forbestown was one of only 5 or 6 towns to use the famous "kicking mule" duplexed killer.


1896 Chicago, Illinois American flag machine cancel on cover with advertising text for DeWitt's patent medicines.


1900 - not a leap year.

1904 Shenandoah, Iowa with a Doremus machine cancel.


1908 San Francisco, California with a steel duplex cancel on leather postcard used locally.


1912 Uncashed Post Office Department check for 1 cent made out to George H. Burfeind, probably the coin and curio dealer in Washington, DC.


1916 Baltimore, Maryland, Towson & Catonsville R.P.O., American flag machine cancel. A streetcar cancel.


1920 (Sunday!) Centerville, Iowa American flag machine cancel. 1920 leap day cancels are particularly difficult to find.
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1924 New York, New York with an early meter imprint out of the Madison Square Sta.


1928 Kansas City, Missouri with an unusual modified permit or meter machine installed at the Federal Reserve Sta. These were used in very few locations. The stamp is from the White Plains souvenir sheet, provable by the top margin. Philatelic, but eye-catching.


1932 Los Angeles, California roller cancel, a very unusual style.


1936 Binghamton, New York with a two cent meter imprint for a local rate letter, forwarded to Ft Lauderdale, FL which then required the 3 cent inter-city rate and the 1 cent due stamp added at Ft L.


1940 Harrisonville, New Jersey registered cover to Swedesboro, New Jersey which arrived there on the same day.



1944 Bridgeport, Connecticut airmail cover chasing a soldier to 30th General Hospital at APO 514 (Mansfield, England), then to several other hospitals afterward!



1948 (Sunday!) Seattle, Washington Universal machine cancel on UC14 or UC15 airmail envelope.


1952 St. Albans (Vermont) & Boston (Massachusetts), R.P.O., steel duplex with R.M.S. within the killer bars.


1956 Balboa, Canal Zone, "Paquebot" cancel on U.S. Scott C39 booklet stamp.


1960 Chicago, Illinois cancel on International Reply Coupon, IRC16, 13 cents revalued to 15 cents.


1964 Hillsboro, Ohio, Sugar Tree Ridge Rural Station 4-bar handstamp.


1968 Hamilton, Ohio International Flier machine cancel touting the use of Zip Codes, but using a dial without it.


1972 Union City, California International machine cancel on change of address card.


1976 (Sunday!) Rockford, Illinois facer-canceler style machine cancel on returned warranty card for buying a wig.


1980 Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a Milcopex'80 show cachet emphasizing historic preservation.


1984 Sitka, Alaska with Universal Model-D machine on a souvenir cover from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Woodruff.


1988 Oshkosh, Wisconsin Facer canceler with 140th anniversary slogan for Berlin, WI touting the fur and leather industry there.


1992 Muncie, Indiana paired machine and spray cancel, cropped from a full cover.


1996 Larsen, Wisconsin (International HD-2); Castle Rock, Washington (Universal Model D); and Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota (Universal Model K) small offices had small machines, the first and last examples here being hand-cranked. Most all of these machines have been retired in favor of central processing at regional facilities.


2000 Pensacola, Florida machine cancel, cropped from a full envelope. This almost has the look of a Chamberlain ASC (Advanced Small Canceller), introduced in small post offices about 1990 or some similar machine. Specifically I would note the use of a 5-digit zip code, the lack of any punctuation marks, the irregular digit shape and positioning in "2000", and the wide gap between the dial and the wavy killer bars. I know the USPS was also trying to increase interchangeability of parts between machines in this era. I don't think it is a regular 4-head facer-canceler. It just doesn't "feel" right. Insights welcome.


2004 (Sunday!) Rob Haeseler took this piece of junk mail he received on 2/24/2004 back to his Sidney, Ohio post office on February 29 to have it canceled as a souvenir. Rob wrote-up this item in his April 19, 2004 Linn's column.


2008 Clarksburg, West Virginia, adhesive paper tape applied over the counter.


2012 Two meter imprints on business mail, showing presort discount. Not as exciting to most of us as stamped mail, but how many of these will get saved?


2016 Indianapolis, Indiana spray cancel provides dating, and like modern metered mail, does not traditionally cancel the forever stamp leaving its coded area readable.


The most recent items certainly show how mail processing and postal history are constantly changing. What will 2020 bring?
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Posted 02/27/2020   9:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Indeed, a tour de force through US postal history based on just one date, John Becker.
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Posted 02/28/2020   6:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Corner the market much, JayBee ?
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Posted 02/28/2020   6:30 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I seem to recall that there was a Feb 30 postmark and the Leap Year/International Date Line (American Samoa?) used in a pinch back close to WWII?
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Posted 02/28/2020   7:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The fact that many of your covers are also interesting usages makes this even better.

Very impressive collection.
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Posted 02/28/2020   8:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hoosierboy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Let's all help John out. If he will provide a good mailing address let's send him a card or letter postmarked tomorrow. I think I have a good address and plan on sending out a note franked with the current US frog stamp(s) from my small town.
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Posted 02/29/2020   11:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Happy Leap Day, 2020! I've really enjoyed this thread.
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Posted 02/29/2020   12:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StateRevs to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Some revenue canx to enjoy:

29 Feb 1864



29 Feb 1868



29 Feb 1872



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Some additional leap year postal history notes

In Alan H. Patera's article titled 'POST OFFICE CENTENNIALS' he says

Quote:
Perhaps of special interest from this issue's list are the four post offices established on February 29.
Melby, MN
Arcadia CA
La Jolla CA
Kentwood LA


And in Richard Helbock's article "NINETEENTH CENTURY POST OFFICES OF WALLOWA COUNTY, OREGON" he states,


Quote:
Leap Post office established April 22, 1892. When Fairview, the original name of this place, was rejected by postal authorities because of duplication, it was decided to call the post office Leap because it was leap year. The Leap post office was located about 9 miles east of Wallowa near Middle Fork Whiskey Creek, and in section 8, township 1 north, range 44 east.

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Some additional revenue uses:

1868 Revenue stamped paper RN-B1 used from Jersey City, New Jersey.


1872 Revenue stamped paper RN-C1 used from Paris, Illinois.


1940 Beer stamp REA183 used by the Dobler Brewing Company of Albany, New York. Second image is the back side (reversed to read correctly).

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Great thread guys.

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