Lets make a showcase for our Canadian Postal History collections. I want to see your Classic Stamps on cover, anything between 1851 and 1951. Bonus points for single/proper usage and interesting cancels!
I'll start with my latest acquisition; Here's a F-VF #15 5¢ Beaver with a PETERBORO C.W Berri duplex. The broken circle is a type A6 dated DE 19 65. This is my oldest hometown cover with an adhesive postage stamp on it. Single usage of the stamp is prepaying the domestic rate at the time.
Here's a better look at the stamp and cancel;
All in all this turned out be an interesting little piece The cross writing over the address seems to be in context with the cover as well. The letter had been addressed to the firm of Messrs. Smith & Wood, Barristers in Toronto. The cross writing appears to start with a name and date, which is close to the postmark date, then proceeds with a list of legal sounding items. Here's my best take on the old cursive so far; G.F. O?de 16/20 Deb/65 (1./ Capels vs Hilton (2./ ??re atwood Saturday Aug DKV (I am guessing at an abbreviation for Saturday) Fee 87
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One is a fluke, two is a coincidence, three is a collection!
Post by firstfrog2013 on Mar 17, 2014 14:12:36 GMT
It started with a #17 on cover and went from there Jeff.I'm a bit glad as I now have room for newer interests.Every one was included in donation auctions so they served the cause well.I only retained three or four that have unusual varieties like the plate # regiment block or "red eyed" bison.
Here's another sample from my collection of Peterborough postal history. This example shows a simple cross styled fancy cancel obliterating a 3¢ Small Queen, probably a #41. The CDS is a bit smudged, but we see a type D1 broken circle. The cover is back-stamped received in Toronto dated March 18, 1878. Picked up this cover more for the fancy cancel than the date stamp.
Frog, just as a note, my covers are stored and displayed in Vario pages and in a Lighthouse Vario-F sized binder. I use the standard black sheets typically in the 2 or 3 row configuration giving me 4-6 covers per sheet. Some covers warrant displaying the reverse, so then I use the 2 or 3 row clear pages, but obviously only getting 2-3 covers per page. All in all the system works well, the binder lays flat for easy viewing and study and allows easy insertion of pages so I don't have to reorganize everything to accommodate new pieces. The down side is the Vario pages aren't cheap, but it doesn't seem any method of storing this stuff is anyway.
One is a fluke, two is a coincidence, three is a collection!
I can try to revive this thread for you as I have a great interest in Early Canada Postal History and Worldwide covers in general. This is an interesting cover sent from Clifton CW dated NOV 16 1868 to Synden. Now Synden is not a real town so the MISSENT - TO hs was applied and Try Lynden was written on the cover.
Aside from the handstruck, you may notice that the date is well into the Large Queen period so the 5c Beaver was used out of period. The Large Queens were issued on April 1, 1868.
King Edward VII Unitrade 89 & 91 registered letter. I came across this while sorting some items to auction on eBay. I thought it was rather interesting with the Train Cancel. It has the train number would this be a RPO Cancel?
It means that a stamp (or cover, I suppose) cancelled with a complete and readable cancellation is worth 50 times as much as just the stamp (or cover) with a normal cancellation. In relative terms, it's in the middle - real common RPO cancellations might only have a rarity factor of 5 - rare ones are 150 or more.
Here are a couple of big covers from my collection that I like.
#14: 1¢ Rose, seven single copies of the 1c Decimal Issue (one copy missing) tied by oval grids to each other and to a large piece (possibly a newspaper wrapper) to Fredericton, N.B. Almost complete and very rare INSUFFICIENTLY PREPAID handstamp. In the top row, there are three different shades of the 1c from pale to dark Rose.
#24,v: 2¢ green strip of five and single, all tied by targets to each other and multiply franked large REGISTERED cover from Berwick MR 8 1872 to Lindsay with PORT-HOPE transit dated MR 12 72 and LINDSAY receiver dated MR 12 72 on back, the second stamp from the right edge is the MAJOR RE-ENTRY at plate position 7, some toning around stamp perfs and cover edges plus the usual cover faults found on such large letters, a VERY RARE USAGE of the VARIETY on cover. The largest recorded multiple of the 2c on cover is a Block of Six (Duckworth’s Page 84)
A closeup of the re-entry on the 2c at position 7 - most noticeable in the D of CANADA.
jamesw, both nice. I like to look for re-entries in the 1/2c SQ as there are many. Note that the 1c has a earlier killer cancel but the 1890's brought in the use of the dated cancel to postmark the stamps. Prior to the 1890's, the instruction was not to use a dated cancel on the stamps.
The 1c Printed Matter rate was scarce, not as much in the SQ's as the LQ's and before but still scarce. Collectors like to collect them for the item rather than the stamp or usage. And that one looks like a nice document rather than just a Prices Current so it would have more value than the other cover.
From what I could find, Harton Walker was a Philatelist and Joseph Augustin Labadie was a Notary Clerk.
Just rediscovered this thread. Thats where I put that cover with the six 1/2¢ small queens! I just posted on it's own thread that cover and it's new home/album page. My discovery of Mr Walker was that he was a real estate agent and developer in Toronto. Saw no mention of him as a philatelist. Very interesting bit of additional info.
edit - Jinkies, jimjung! He wasn't just a philatelist, he was American Philatelic Association (later Society) members (shareholder) #820, as well as Vice President of the Toronto Philatelic Club. Guess I'll be needing to revise the album page. That's too cool to leave out.
edit again - And, following your lead, I discover Mr J.W. Sampson, the recipient, was a frequent contributor to the American Philatelist and a later Trustee of the Association.
I was going to post this in postmark of the day thread, but think it is more pertinent here.
It is a 1st flight cover posted on September 15th, 1932 with a block of 8 x 1¢ (Scott/Unitrade #162). A commemorative rubber stamp was made up for this flight from Pascalis to Siscoe, Quebec. The flight was quite possibly from a fishing camp on Lac (Lake) Endormi to Siscoe (Ile Siscoe?) on Lac De Montigny, adjacent to Val D'or. It was all of about 35 or so kilometres, so it wouldn't have taken long to fly, or drive for that matter!
On checking records, the Pascalis Post Office also opened the same day - first flight, first day of ops. It was possibly located in a town called Louvicourt. There is no town of Pascalis in Quebec now, at least that I can find.. The post office then closed 3 years later due to lack of usefulness, then re-opened again in '39 to '44, when it was permanently closed.
It would be interesting to see if there are any other Pascalis cancellations or first flight covers out there. There has to be!
Another cover from New Brunswick. From St. John, N.B., dated SP 20 78 to Carleton County, N.B.(Received in Woodstock, N.B. SP 21 78 as stamped on back cover (not scanned) Note the Fancy cancel on this one.
This one is a spectacular cover. It is a triple rate Registered domestic cover paying the 15c in stamps and the 2c Registration fee in cash. The stamp at the left is the "Log in Waterfall" variety and is centered Very Fine. Then a little history on the backstamp of ST. VINCENT. This is the original name of the MEAFORD Post Office and this handstamp predates the renaming of the Post Office to Meaford in 1865.