Guess what I am sharing today!
If you guessed that I am sharing another 3c 1851 George Washington, you were right!
This one has a unique cancel, and I do not use the term 'unique' loosely. Unique means "being the only one of its kind". Not "rare" or Super-Duper Scarce", but there is only one example. And this is it. But don't take my word for it, ask the experts!! --->
Listed on pages 22-23 in Thomas J. Alexander's 1979 edition of "Simpson's U. S. Postal Markings 1851-1861", this townmark has a rarity rating of 10 - and that means unique. If you look at the tracing for the listing, it is obvious that it is this exact stamp.
COLUMBIA CITY Ia. /WHITLEY Co. (Date)
Postal Markings Generally -
The regulations required that every letter be marked with the name of the town and state of origin and the date (day and month, not year) of delivery to the originating post office. This could be applied in manuscript, and was commonly so applied at small towns. Most towns of any size, however, adopted a handstamped town mark that included this information.
With very few exceptions , year dates were not included in town marks until late in 1855. By 1857 the inclusion of the year had become commonplace.
Townmarks Specifically -
Straight Line, Oval and Fancy Townmarks
Relatively few of the post offices in the United States used handstamped town marks other than circles during the period covered by this work. These non-circular town marks may be
subdivided into three general classes: Straightline, Ovals & Fancy.
Straight Lines -
The very earliest handstamped town marks used in the United States were straightlines. As time passed, these gave way to the more popular circular style, and by 1851 relatively few straight lines were still in use. Most of these were made from local printer's type. Some straightline townmarks are enclosed in a single or double lined box. Dimensions given include the full name of the town and state plus any ornamentation, the horizontal measurement being given first and the vertical measurement next, all in millimeters. If the straightline is boxed, the measurements are from the center of the outside edge of the outer line of the box to the center of the opposite edge of the box.
Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana -
Columbia City is a city in Columbia Township, Whitley County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 9,892 (2020 Census), growing by 13% since the 2010 Census. The city is the county seat of Whitley County.
In the 1860 census, the population was only 887.
The Philatelic Foundation Expert Committee Certificate (#F233164) gives the year as 1853 and states that it is genuine, with this postmark, and that there is a "tiny corner crease at top right".
Cool cancel for someone who collects these things.
And that would include me!
Not yet plated.