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Stamp Cancellations - Part 2
Early United States stamps bearing postmarks - often called "town" cancellations - with year dates are scarce and much sought after. In fact, any unusual cancellation on a stamp is a collectable item.

Stamp cancellation marks guide
Types of postage stamp cancels and special postmarks ...

Private cancellations are cancellations of postage stamps, or, in some cases, artistamps, applied by other than a government or other official stamp-issuing entity.

Collecting postmarks and cancellations II
By Janet Klug
This installment of Refresher Course continues the discussion of collecting postmarks and cancels begun in the April 1 Linn's.

Great Britain - Numbers in 'Maltese Cross' Cancellations
The wide variety of Maltese Cross cancellations, as the first ever postmarks to be found on the first ever stamps, have long fascinated philatelists.

Any mark applied on a stamp to prevent the re-use of a stamp: Postmark, Pen-cancellation, Overprint (specimen, sample, inutilizado), Punched with holes.

Cancellation: A marking intended to show a stamp has been used and is no longer valid as postage. Modern cancels usually include the name of the original mailing location or a nearby sorting facility and the date of mailing.

A mark placed on a stamp by a postal authority to prevent its reuse.
Cancelled to Order (CTO): ...

CANCELLATION: Mark on stamp to show it has been postally used.
CENTERING: The way the design on a stamp is positioned. If perfect, margins between design and perforations are equal on all sides.

A mark applied to a stamp to prevent its re-use. Usually referred to as a Postmark.
Charity Stamp ...

Cancellation. An official mark on the face of a stamp which renders it 'used' ...

Any authorised defacing mark on a stamp.
The position of a stamp design within its perforations e.g. 'well centred' or 'off centre'.

Chalky paper
Stamp paper coated with a chalky solution for security purposes.

Cancellation: A marking that shows a stamp has been used. Modern cancels usually include the location of the post office from which the item is mailed and the date of mailing.

*Cancellation - any postal marking applied to a stamp to prevent its reuse. Cancellation is not synonymous with postmark, although the two terms are frequently confused and used interchangeably.

The Cancellation Cataloger:
Collecting styles come and go -- there was once excitement surrounding slogan cancels, even controversy: was it right to have the slogan Pray For Peace on U.S. mail?

Dumb Cancellation - A postmark without a date or place of cancellation.
Duty Plate - The plate that holds the variable design component of a two-part design. Also see key plate.
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Inkjet cancellation
Joint issue - two or more countries honouring the same event by issuing similar (or not) designs on the same date.
Canada's joint issues include: ...

Cancel, Cancellation. A marking, usually a handstamp or postmark, that indicates a stamp has been used.
Catalog. Comprehensive listing of postage and revenue stamps, including current price valuations and illustrations.

Cancellation: The marking used by the receiving post office of a letter with hand struck marking to show that the stamp has been used and is no longer valid.

CANCELLATION: An officially authorised obliteration mark on a stamp.
CENTRE: The positioning of a postage stamp's design within the frame formed by perforations.

cancellation A medium cancel covering more of the design than in Fine condition. Cancellation not necessarily legible.

Cancellation - A mark used by the post office to show that a stamp has been used.

Cancellations are known from Mõisaküla, Uue-Kariste and Pärnu.
Cancellations are those portions of postmarks that mark the stamp to prevent its reuse.
Christmas Seal ...

Cancellation. A marking applied to an envelope, usually stamped, to denote mailing and to render the stamp, if any, unfit for further use.

A cancellation obtained from an imprinter machine using a rubber die. This machine is used for round date, first day of issue, and pictorial cancellations.

Precancellation of stamps of this country was effected by means of oversized holed perfins. Little is known other than stamps defaced in this fashion often received additional cancellations at the office of destination.
Austria: ...

The cancellation at the highest point in the World took place on May 10, 1996 when a set of four stamps with the FDC on Himalayan Ecology were carried by team of Indo-Tibetian Border Police to Mount Everest.

The cancellation prints and the written postal indications that were put on these items are
very important for a philatelist (4.2).
Stamped postal items ...

(13) Cancellation:- The marks or obliterations put on a stamp by the postal authorities to show that the stamp has done service and is no longer valid for postage. If made with a pen, the marking is a "pen cancellation.

Paquebot: Cancellation indicating an item was mailed aboard a ship.

Dumb cancellation - An obliteration handstamp containing neither figure nor letter, often made of cork. Used for a variety of purposes including: cancellation of postage stamps (see maltese cross); War time security cancelling, and postage census.

CTOs may be spotted in a set of stamps when the cancellation is in exactly the same spot on each stamp. Normally the cancellation is simply part of a circle in one corner of the stamp.

The Penny Black Stamp was only used for one year because the red cancellation mark was hard to see on the black background.

There are plenty of pictorial cancellations that tie in nicely with a stamp and postcard. Recently, I did several on the 150th birthday of Thomas Edison. I did one on George Washington's birthday from Mount Vernon. on February 22. ...

They developed new machinery and convinced the postal authorities that the precancellation which shows the name of each town from which envelopes were used was no longer needed.

Obliteration: (1) A cancellation intended solely to deface a stamp-also called a killer. (2) An overprint intended to deface a portion of the design of a stamp, such as the face of a deposed ruler.

Worldwide Numerical & Lettered Cancellations

AAMC: 1. American Air Mail Catalog (USA) [abbr.] 2. Australian Air Mail Catalog (Australia) [abbr.] ...

Grill - a pattern of small, square dots in an overall square or diamond-shape that is applied to stamps to prevent their reuse after cancellation.

29¢ Legends of the West, Full pane with First Day Cancellation, in USPS booklet, incl. First Day program pages.
5.50 ...

Also, a stamp designated by the USPS as a precanceled stamp without cancellation marks. The USPS sells precanceled stamps for Presorted First-Class Mail and regular and nonprofit Standard Mail.

Tied: A stamp is said to be tied to a cover when the cancel extends over both the stamp and the envelope paper. Some purists refuse to accept a postmark that doesn’t link a cancellation and the stamp.

If you have stamps with purple ink or cancellations on them, you may want to soak them separately, because these colors may run, discoloring other items in the container.

See also: See also: Cancel, Stamp, Used, Philatelic, Cover

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