Monday, May 25, 2009

Cancel Styles: The Decipede

Here are examples of a fairly common handstamp style that I call the Decipede. Beyond its lettering the style is characterized by a rectangular box with 10 wavy lines emerging from its sides that look something like the legs of bug. In most cases of this style that I have seen, Chicago is at the bottom. Bulk packet sorting of battleship documentaries will often yield at least one of these types of cancels.

In most cases on the top side of the box of the cancellation is a set of initials. In the stamp below though is a common name found on this type of cancel, F.J. Hohing.

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