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Star Fancy Cancel - Seguin Texas 1898 2 Cent - #220 Cover

 
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Posted 01/02/2023   3:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add stallzer to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Another interesting find. Have never seen this cancel before. Wish they would have captured the entire star.

So far I've come up empty finding another.


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Posted 01/02/2023   4:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Type "star in circle" into Ebay's search and many will come back.

To paint broadly without many specific dates, until the mid-1890s, postmasters of lower classes offices had to buy much of their own equipment, including cancels. The introductory pages of the Postal Guides contained ads for private companies making various cancels for these small offices. There were many town-mark styles and killer styles including stars.

January 1882, Postal Guide (2 images):



January 1887 Postal Guide:


PMG John Wanamaker's business acumen changed a lot of postal operations in the 1890s. Sometime between the 1893 and 1902 Postal Laws and Regulation collective volumes, postmarking devices became issued to all offices:

(1902 PL&R, section 567.4):


Many postmasters continued to use their purchased handstamps until worn out. And certainly exceptions can be found where an old device was called back into service, used at the nixie desk, etc.

Sol Salkind's "U.S. Cancels 1890-1900" illustrates hundreds of fancy killers, many of which were duplexed into these postmaster-purchased devices. And of course earlier, Edward L. Willard's two volume work "The United States Two Cents Red Brown of 1883-1887", and the wheel of fortune cancels discussed in this thread:
http://goscf.com/t/70304
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Posted 01/05/2023   11:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Mrita75 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice, just seeing this. Very cool Stallzer. My Parents (who live in San Antonio) also have land and a little ranch house very near Seguin, TX - they are specifically in New Berlin, TX.

Fun Facts:
The town of Seguin, TX was founded August 12, 1838, named in honor of Juan Seguín, a Tejano Texian freedom fighter and early supporter of the Republic of Texas months after Texas won its independence at the Battle of San Jacinto, making it one of the oldest towns in Texas.

New Berlin, TX obviously named after the German capital was founded in 1868 by German immigrants who came to the area. Carl August Edward "Ed" Tewes is considered the founding father.
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Posted 02/03/2023   7:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostalHysteria to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As Seguin is only 40 miles away I enjoyed seeing this cover.
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Cover with more of the star visible:



From an eBay listing several years ago.
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Edited by mml1942 - 02/03/2023 10:24 pm
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