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Scott #599 lightly striped horizontally and New York N.Y. precancel  
 

 
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Posted 05/17/2017   10:46 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add jonathan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
Don't know if the stripes were created in the process of stamping the precancel, but they give the stamp a rather nice look.

I don't have the specialized US Scott book yet. I've IDed the stamp as Scott US #599—feel free to correct me. Comments welcome. Thanks for looking!

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Posted 05/17/2017   11:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I agree, your stamp is a 599.

Your stamp looks like it was soaked from a business envelope which received a private cancel applied by the mailer. These are typically the product of the Multipost Company of Rochester, NY and are written up in a monograph published in 1997 by the Machine Cancel Society titled "The Multipost Company: History, Machines, and Markings". Here are several examples showing the variety of killers which often appear on precanceled stamps like yours. It is very likely the Spring Valley, NY cancel was made the user.





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Posted 05/17/2017   11:40 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jonathan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
@John Becker I can see in those pictures where the light stripes came from. I'm amazed by your ability to estimate the more specific location, and even the company, by the type of cancel lines. Thank you for the pictures and info!

Sadly the book was out of stock on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Multipost-Co...p/B007A0FDVE

Here's a picture of the Multipost machine via https://www.officemuseum.com/mail_machines.htm (feel free to correct)

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Edited by jonathan - 05/17/2017 11:47 am
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Posted 05/17/2017   11:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jonathan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Fascinating stuff down this rabbit hole. Google lists multiple granted patents to Multipost: https://patents.google.com/?assignee=multipost
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Yes, you illustrate one of the Multipost stamp affixers. The canceler is a different device, but the point being that they made a variety of mailing equipment. There were many users, so trying to identify the mailer by the additional killer bars is not really possible.
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If you are truly interested in the book about the Multipost stamp affixers you may purchase it from the Machine Cancel Society. $35.00 to non-members and $20.00 to members. Here is a link to their price list:
http://machinecancel.org/booklist_2016_05.pdf
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@John Becker Thanks for the further info.

@wtcrowe Thanks. I just might do that.
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