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Posted 01/18/2020   6:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add DonSellos to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Does someone know what D.P.O. stands for in this Cleveland hand cancel?

Thanks.

Don
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Posted 01/18/2020   6:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I believe it's Depot Post Office, as in depot at a railway station.
Also referred to as Distributing Post Offices.

According to C.L. Towle, in his book 'U.S. Route and Station Agent Postmarks' Distributing Post Offices were instituted in 1810. Local post masters were able to supplement their incomes through these Distributing Offices, and in h 1850s many of them made more per year than the Postmaster General.
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Edited by jamesw - 01/18/2020 7:42 pm
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Posted 01/19/2020   2:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, James.

Don
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