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Need Help To Identify A Cancel On #116

 
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Posted 03/28/2020   8:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add widglo46 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Can anyone tell me if the cancel on this stamp is anything special? I was wondering if it could be from a US post office in Japan.
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Posted 03/29/2020   10:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Richard Frajola to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Although it is not a perfect match to the Yokohama cancels use on mail carried on the July 1, 1869 PMSS trip from Yokohama to San Francisco, it is probably a genuine Yokohama cancel from a piece of mail carried on that trip. It is quite similar to the cover in Figure 7-21 in the book "United States Post Offices in China and Japan, 1867 to 1874."

I am not sure what the Philatelic Foundation would say but it is my opinion that it is a variant, late state of cancel type "YOK-Can4".

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Posted 03/29/2020   2:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add widglo46 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks so much, Richard, for your opinion and for the reference to your book. You may see an order for a copy coming from me soon! I knew nothing about the US post offices in Japan until my interest was piqued by several 1869 pictorials in Siegel's upcoming sale of the Edward Morton collection. I noticed a certain similarity of the cancel on my #116 to the "X" cancel from Nagasaki, and I thought maybe mine could be from another Japanese city.
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