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Posted 12/18/2020   03:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This was an interesting cover which I have no background on, but I liked the cancellations. Three different handstamps from Indian Diggins, CA, were used, all dated Sept. 29. One from 1899, another from 1934, and one without a year date, but it looks to be from the 1850s.

Sep. 29 wasn't a FDoI for any of the stamps. I'm thinking it may have been the last day of use for that P.O., which appears to be a DPO now. All the cancels look genuine -- do you think they brought out all the old canceling hammers and put them to use on the final day?

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Posted 12/18/2020   03:48 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If desired, you can download the Postal Guides for different years and lookup to see when the Indian Diggins PO was closed.
https://stampsmarter.org/learning/P...GuideS4.html
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I seem to recall a thread on Indian Diggins before. Yes, I agree, these are strikes of old devices in the early 1930s era of lots of philatelic contrivances, although this one has considerable historic appeal. Obviously they didn't have the appropriate sizes/styles of current year dates for the old devices. I do not know how/why the 1850s device lacks the G, perhaps a later remake?

I use a different method to quickly find the exact date.

From the post office listings on Jim Forte's website:
"Indian Diggings, El Dorado County (1853-1869)",
and without the "G" as
"Indian Diggins, El Dorado County, (1888-1935)"

This narrows the year search for using the uspostalbulletins.com website which has the Postal Bulletin of November 18, 1935 (issue 16825):
"Discontinued ... Indian Diggins ... effective November 30, 1935."

The two websites are at:

https://www.postalhistory.com/

http://www.uspostalbulletins.com/Home.aspx
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Posted 12/18/2020   1:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for those links! The first one had several more Indian Diggins covers. Looks like that earliest handstamp got a lot of later use!


So obviously my cover wasn't a last-day. Probably just a contrivance, as you say, but an attractive one.
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Posted 12/18/2020   3:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Looks like that earliest handstamp got a lot of later use!


As well as it's later use, that device (ELD-1930) was in use from 15 Aug 1861 to 10 Oct 1894. 33 years is the longest usage I've noticed!
A note below the town name/s says "the change to Diggins occurred between 1860 and 1868"
From Williams California Town Postmarks
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