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Belgium Scott 94 (Design A42), 103 (A45), 105 (A45)- With T.b.r. Cancel

 
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Posted 04/26/2021   12:44 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add bmbmbm to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi,

I was going through a kiddie album and I came across these 3 (pretty bad looking) stamps in the Belgium section.

I noticed that a very rough "T.B.R" was stamped on each one in about the same place, at the same angle.

At first I'd say they all came off the same envelope/package, and was stamped as part of the cancel, but yet the other cancels on them (CDS, wavy line) look different, like each stamp must be from a different envelope.

I'm curious what the cancel/overprint is for, if anyone has any ideas about it. It caught my eye, and just looked "interesting".

Thanks!

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Posted 04/26/2021   12:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add vayolene to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi.
T.B.R or T.B.P ?
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Posted 04/26/2021   01:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nothing in US or French Glossaries.
Not seen it prior.
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Posted 04/26/2021   03:23 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Johan Buvelot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Have not seen this before.

T.B.R. in Dutch/Flemish is an abbrevition for: Ter beschikking Regering.

Roughly translated : At Governments disposal.

I will ask some friends in Belgium.

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Posted 04/26/2021   05:27 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bmbmbm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If it helps, I looked in another album that was in the box, and found what looks like 3 more with that cancel.

Also, it does appear to be T.B.R, not T.B.P, as there seems to be the downstroke to make it an "R" on all the letters, even if it may be harder to see on some of the stamps.

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Posted 04/26/2021   07:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I do not see many, if any, smudgy, light ink cancels, in all my Belgium.
I am becoming suspicious.

The last 2 Zondag cancels look decidedly dodgy.
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Posted 04/26/2021   07:26 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Maybe someone got a rubber stamping kit for Christmas .
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Posted 04/26/2021   07:37 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add NSK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
TBR as it appears in the penal code is arranged in Belgium's "Interneringswet." This dates from 1930.
Interpreting it as stamps "requisitioned by the government" seems far-fetched, especially as T.B.R. is a Dutch abbreviation.
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Posted 06/13/2021   01:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bmbmbm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I never got around to adding a follow up.

In the same albums, I found some US stamps with this same overprint. Considering I found the overprints on stamps of 2 different countries, and no one has seen it before, that makes it seem very likely that it was the result of someone playing around with a stamping set...

Who knows? Maybe it's someone's mark of ownership, and the letters are their initials...




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