Friday, November 5, 2010

The Fullerton List: Express Company 015, National Express Company

This post is part of a continuing series on Richard Fullerton's 1952 Catalog of Railroad Company, Street Railway & Express Company Printed Cancellations on the 1898 U. S. Revenues.

Examples of the cancels, when available, are posted.

Express Company 015: National Express
A post from more than one year ago  featured National Express cancels, but with no explanation, background on the company, or order to the cancels.    National Express was owned or controlled by American Express at the time of these cancels.  The exact association between these two firms I do not know at this time. 

Richard Fullerton lists two types of printed cancels which are shown below. 
Type 1:  Two line of ornamental type in caps and lower case letters.  Caps 4.75mm high.  Initials are 17mm long.  Date 189 is 2.5mm high, 5.5mm long and 2mm below.  Square periods.  Last figure of the year usually added by pen.
1ct  Pale Blue        a.  Dated 189   (1)  roulette
Type 1 a.(1)
serif, roulette
Type 2:  Two lines of plain block type all caps 2.75mm high.  Initials are 18.5mm long.  Dates are 2.5mm high.  Date 189 is 5 1/4mm long, and 1900 is 7.5mm long.  Date 189 is 2.75mm below initials and date 1900 is 2mm below initials.  All date figure "1"s are serifed.  Normally with vertical rectangular periods.  There are varieties of spacing.  Last figure of the year 189 usually added by pen.
1ct Pale Blue       a.  Dated 189     (1)   roulette
                                                     (2)   HH
                           b.  Dated 1900   (2)   HH
                          bs. Varieties        (2)  no period after EX

Type 2 a.(1)
1899 roulette

Type 2 a.(2)
1899 HH

Type 2, b.(2)
1900 HH

Type 2, unlisted
1900 HH inverted


Examples of National Express handstamps:

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