Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway Proprietary Use
As regular readers of the site might have noticed, I've got a ton of Lake Shore and Michigan Southern cancels, particularly on R164, the 2 cent documentary. Christmas Eve featured a large LS&MS CDS on a R164. Today is something different. Frank Sente sent in the 1 cent proprietary below cancelled with an LS&MS handstamp. Why would a railroad use a proprietary stamp? Could this have been used on a waybill when copies of the 1 cent documentary were in short supply? Did the LS&MS make its own sparkling wine? I doubt the latter. We do know however that the handstamp used on this proprietary stamp was in regular use on the 2ct documentary. I've included a single example of this exact same cancel used on R164, and the September 1898 page from a R164 calendar composed mainly of railroad and other transport related cancels. The calendar shows 11 examples of this type of handstamp.