Bob Hohertz is searching for examples of the 2 cent battleship used on July 1, 1898, especially on documents and checks. I do not have any examples, but I do have one interesting off document cancel, which combined with other dates does a solid job of confirming that the Michigan Central Railroad clearly was supplied with ample quantities of the 2 cent battleship prior to July 1. Below is the first month of Henry Tolman's 2c battleship calendar, replete with Michigan Central cancels including July 1:
Michigan Central July 1898 cancels from this calendar include the following dates:
If you have examples of the 2 cent battleship canceled on July 1, 1898, especially on piece, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.