Canada Modern POCON Postmarks / Cancels ::: Cachets Canada POCON Modernes / AnnuleAny corrections, additional information, and Help, are most welcome.
POCON cancels started to be used approximately in April 1973. Older (1970's ~ 1980's) POCONs did not usually have a Postal Code included.
Pictures / photos of any readable P.O.C.O.N. (acronym for P
ffice Computer Organization N
umber) cancellation in the shape of an arch, circle, graphic, rectangle, or a square, with a 6-digit number
, a town or office name
, a Postal Code
(if shown) and a date
are welcome. Shown as being on stamps, covers or pieces of are welcome. The outside measurements
in millimeters of any framed cancel, which do vary due to line thickness, are also welcome.NEW:
When searching for a POCON number you can look on Canada Post
's web site under 'Find A Post Office' (see link below) and then, after searching for and finding the name of a Post Office, click (once) on that particular URL address and the 6-digit POCON number is at the very end of the URL address.
Different cancel dates or postage stamps are welcome. It is always nice to see different stamps.
Cancelling devices change over the years as they wear out, become damaged or lost, or are redesigned. Post Offices are sometimes closed or moved or reopened.
( POCON's may also be found on money order receipts, registered receipts, delivery notice tags and pick-up postcards, and on printed meter labels and newer Xpresspost bar code labels. ) Hopefully a new topic can be started to reflect these findings.
Searching Google Images https://www.google.ca/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi
for ' POCON
' and also the 6-digit 'Number' of the POCON cancel and the 'Town Name' and then the word 'Postmark' or 'Cancel' or 'Cachet' will bring up a picture and also a link back to the image on Stamp Community here. Canada Post
's online Glossary of terms:
The Postal History Society of Canada's
(PHSC) web page on Post Office Classification: http://www.postalhistorycanada.net/...es/intro.php Canada Post
's Find a Post Office
page (2013). Canada Post
has over 6,600 Post Offices across the country.http://www.canadapost.ca/cpotools/a...ce?LOCALE=en
See each Post Office's singular URL ending for the actual POCON number.
Canada Postal Codes List in Wikipedia, sorted by postal district and town name:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catego...es_in_Canada
Decoding Canadian Postal Codes in One Step, from http://stevemorse.org/jcal/fsa.html
Postal Districts of Canada map :
Abbreviations Found On Postmarks.BDP
= Bureau de Poste BP
= Bureau de PosteCC
= Concession Commerciale CDO
= Commercial Dealership Outlet CMC
= Community Mail Centre CP
= Caisse Populaire (Credit Union)CPC
= Centre Postal Communautaire CRO
= Corporate Retail OutletCSC
= Commercial Service Centre (mostly commercial customers)CSP
= Comptoir Service Postal (Counter for Postal Service)LCD
= Letter Carrier Depot PDF
= Poste De Facteurs (Postal Carrier Depot)PO
= Post Office PS
= Postal StationRPO
= Retail Postal Outlet STN
= Station (Succorsale)SUCC
= Succursale (Station)
See also Addressing Guidelines, which insludes abbreviations of Provinces and street types recognized by Canada Post
and the structure of the Canadian postal code.http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/m...ddress-e.asp