On Wednesday June 10 at 5:30pm EDT, the Collectors Club will be hosting “Cancellations: Struck on Stamps Part 1-1847 Issue” a live, virtual program presentation by Wade Saadi using Zoom technology.
The 5¢ and 10¢ stamps of 1847 represent to most collectors, the beginning of U.S. philately. (Postmaster provisionals and locals may have preceded this issue, but their uses were generally restricted to a specific geography. Traditionally, the 1847 stamps occupied the first two spaces in albums, and, to young collectors these spaces were almost certainly empty, due to their high catalog value. They hold a special place in the minds of most collectors of U.S. stamps, as they are the premier issue and represent a genesis of sorts.
Simply put, the cancellation’s purpose is to prevent the reuse of a stamp. As well, they show that the stamp has fulfilled its intended duty of having prepaid the fee for delivering the mail. But cancellations are much more than that, as they add interest and variety to the issued stamp. Some are colorful; some are attractive, while others such as railroad, steamboat and foreign cancellations can stimulate the imagination as to the routes traversed and the places sojourned during the trek of the posted letter.
In Part 1, we will explore the cancels used; as these ares the first federally issued stamps, there were no cancels necessary before 1847.
We will be using Zoom technology to overcome the limitations of our Clubhouse being closed and the restrictions of social distancing. This will be live and interactive program. The presentation can be accessed through your desktop computer or via apps on both IOS and Android devices. If you are unable to attend, the talk will be archived on the Club’s website for viewing at a later time.
Please mark the day and time in your calendars. We will be sending out the exact access instructions to register a week prior to the event.