USA: Fancy Cancellations
from Margaret Stanchfield and Carl Spitzer

In the 1850s, 60s and 70s postmasters from around the US hand carved fancy cancels of bees, hearts, stars, birds, shoes, etc.  After years of use the US Postal Service ruled that the postmasters could not use these privately raade cancels and they were discontinued.  They are confusing as two books by the same man have discrepencies in the designs and the towns they came from.  

The ones I have found listed are:  

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Waterbury, Connecticut (4 different cancels);


Nev Haven, Connecticut

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Adrian, Michigan (2)

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Canastota, New York (4)

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New York, New York (4)

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Watertown, New York

Mount Vernon, Ohio

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Cincinnati, Ohio

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Zanesville, Ohio

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Elyria, Pennsylvania

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East Troy, Wisconsin

Terryville ?


Washington Territory (before Washington was a state of the US)

taken from "Ar Gwenan" 
Heft 20 / Januar 1989 

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