US Scott #1 with a blue PAID in a lozenge.
+$40 for blue cancel
+50 for PAID cancel
This Blue, Philadelphia Paid in octagon cancel is more common than some other PAID markings.
Philadelphia was a large city and a great source of such cancels. Smaller locations produced rarer markings.
Any #1 is a nice addition to a collection.
This one is a little tight in the Lower Left corner, but it is still clear.
It is an important quality of a collectible stamp to have a "face free" cancel.
It is also an important quality of a collectible stamp to have a "Sock-on-the-nose" cancel.
For me, it is the eyes. Slide this cancel over to the left 3mm and the A and I would cover Franklin's eyes. Ugh. I wouldn't like it. But this cancel was struck 'sock-on-the-nose" and still leaves Franklin able to see.
These are also plateable. I might have the plating images around here somewhere. I am moving offices and didn't see it when I was moving such books.
A few of the plating characteristics that I see are the two dots in the O of OFFICE - one in the Upper Left and another in the Lower Right.
There is also a scratch in the Lower Right Belly of the Lower Left numeral "5".
There appears to be something unusual at the top of the "S" in the Upper Right corner. My other copies have something there as well, but not as defined as this mark.
Overall, this is a beautiful stamp. The color is nice. The margins are more than adequate. The sock-on-the-nose blue, PAID cancel in a Lozenge misses the eyes, is at a pleasing angle (sometimes they are upside down or vertical or got marked 3 overlapping times and it just isn't an attractive thing at all.)