Saturday, July 6, 2024

What are Printed Precancels on 1898 Documentary Revenue Stamps? A Primer Part Two

The Railroads of the Chicago & Northwestern System

Part one of this series highlighted the Chicago & Northwestern Railway.  However, the Chicago & Northwestern "System" was referred to several times in the post.  There were three other railroads in the C&NW system shown on the map provided in part one, and they all used collectible printed precancels, so that of the 20 or so railroads that used printed precancels, the C&NW system represented roughly 20% of the total.  The additional railroads included:
  • the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway,
  • the Fremont, Elkhorn & Missouri Valley Railroad, and
  • the Sioux City & Pacific Railroad
All four railroads added year dates to some of their printed cancels, a unique feature of this railroad "system".  

Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway:
C. St. P. M. & O.
Ry. Co.


All of the cancels of the railroads in this post are not common.  Of these, CStPM&O cancels are the most frequently seen, with cancels that have year dates for 1899, 1900, 1901, and some without a year date.  By contrast, many of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway printed cancels are some of the most commonly found.

Fremont, Elkhorn & Missouri Valley Railroad:
F. E. & M. V. R. R.


FE&MVRR cancels are much scarder than those of the CStPM&O, and have year dates that range from no date to 1899 through 1902.

Sioux City & Pacific Railroad:
S. C. & P. R. R.


SC&PRR cancels are yet again scarcer than those of the FE&MVRR, and have year dates that include no date, 1899, and 1900.  

C&NW System map.  The CMStP&O is the railroad shown by the dashed line running northwest from Madison, WI, up to the twin cities and then down into Iowa and Nebraska.  The original mainline of the Fremont, Elkhorn ran from Omaha to Deadwood, South Dakota.  The original mainline of the Sioux City & Pacific ran from Missouri Valley, Iowa, to Sioux City, Iowa.

In the next post I will begin to explore the major collectible varieties among the railroads in the Chicago & Northwestern System.

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