U.S. Machine Cancel Finder -- Find a Cancel Style

This set of postmark and killer groupings may make it easier to identify a machine cancellation. You may have clicked on a link to get here, or the "finder" has sent you here because your criteria don't exactly match a known 1900-1920 U. S. machine cancel. Take a look at the following groups. Match up the format of the cancel (killer) with the postmark, and follow the appropriate link for more information.

There is a listing grouped by cancel (killer), and a listing grouped by postmark.



Postmark Types

These 3 different postmark types will be mentioned several times within this page, so it is best to become familiar with them.

Circle Postmark: [circle postmark] Straight Line Postmark: [straight-line postmark] Oval (or Rounded Square) Postmark: [oval postmark]

Listing Grouped by Killer (Cancel) Type

Follow down this listing, looking for a match with your killer (cancel) type. Each killer type will have one or more sub-entries that match each postmark type (see above). For instance, if your cancellation has a straight-line killer, and circular postmark, look down the list for that killer, then look below and/or across for the circular postmark entry. Follow the link(s) ( if any) to get more information.

Horizontal Bars (May Be In Pairs): [horizontal bars]

Circle Postmark: Try Here

Straight Line Postmark:  Try Here

Oval (or Rounded Square) Postmark: Barry or
Time-Cummins


Wavy Lines: [wavy bars]

Circle Postmark: Try Here

Straight Line Postmark: Barry or
Columbia

Oval (or Rounded Square) Postmark: Barry


Vertical Bars:  [vertical bars]

Circle Postmark: Try Here

Straight Line Postmark: Perfection

Oval (or Rounded Square) Postmark: Not Known


Diagonal Bars: [diagonal bars]

Circle Postmark: Constantine

Straight Line Postmark: Barry or
Hampden

Oval (or Rounded Square) Postmark: Barry


Vertical Bars and Horizontal Wavy Lines:  [wavy lines and vertical bars]

Circle Postmark: Columbia

Straight Line Postmark: Not Known

Oval (or Rounded Square) Postmark: Not Known


Dashed or Dotted Horizontal Lines:  [dashed horizontal bars]

Circle Postmark:  Try Here

Straight Line Postmark: Perfection

Oval (or Rounded Square) Postmark: Not Known


American Flag Plain or With Branch:  [american flag]

Circle Postmark: Try Here

Straight Line Postmark: Not Known (See Langford*)

Oval (or Rounded Square) Postmark: Not Known (See Langford*)


Herringbone Pattern: [herringbone]

Circle Postmark: Not Known

Straight Line Postmark: Potter-Vail

Oval (or Rounded Square) Postmark: Potter-Vail


Repeating Eagle Image: [repeating eagle]

Circle Postmark: Not Known

Straight Line Postmark: Milam-Holmes

Oval (or Rounded Square) Postmark: Not Known


Repeating Horizontal Bars and Dial: [krag repeater]

Circle Postmark: Krag

Straight Line Postmark: Not Known in U.S.

Oval (or Rounded Square) Postmark: Not Known in U.S.


Service Marking ('Received', 'Train Late', etc): [circle postmark]

Circle Postmark: Service Markings

Straight Line Postmark: Service Markings

Oval (or Rounded Square) Postmark: Service Markings


Listing Grouped by Postmark Type

Follow down this listing, looking for a match with your postmark type. Each postmark type will have one or more sub-entries that match each killer type. For instance, if your cancellation has a circular postmark and straight-line killer, look down the list for the circular postmark group, then look below and across for the straight-line killer entry. Follow the link(s) ( if any) to get more information.

Circle Postmark: 

Horizontal Bars (May Be In Pairs): Try Here

Diagonal Bars: Constantine

American Flag Plain or With Branch: Try Here

Repeating Horizontal Bars and Dial: Krag

Wavy Lines: Try Here

Vertical Bars and Horizontal Wavy Lines: Columbia

Herringbone Pattern: Not Known

Service Marking ('Received', 'Train Late', etc): Service Markings

Vertical Bars: Try Here

Dashed or Dotted Horizontal Lines:  Try Here

Repeating Eagle Image: Not Known


Straight Line Postmark: 

Horizontal Bars (May Be In Pairs):  Try Here

Diagonal Bars: Barry or
Hampden

American Flag Plain or With Branch: Not Known (See Langford*)

Repeating Horizontal Bars and Dial: Not Known in U.S.

Wavy Lines: Barry or
Columbia

Vertical Bars and Horizontal Wavy Lines: Not Known

Herringbone Pattern: Potter-Vail

Service Marking ('Received', 'Train Late', etc): Service Markings

Vertical Bars: Perfection

Dashed or Dotted Horizontal Lines: Perfection

Repeating Eagle Image: Milam-Holmes


Oval (or Rounded Square) Postmark: 

Horizontal Bars (May Be In Pairs): Barry or
Time-Cummins

Diagonal Bars: Barry

American Flag Plain or With Branch: Not Known (See Langford*)

Repeating Horizontal Bars and Dial: Not Known in U.S.

Wavy Lines: Barry

Vertical Bars and Horizontal Wavy Lines: Not Known

Herringbone Pattern: Potter-Vail

Service Marking ('Received', 'Train Late', etc): Service Markings

Vertical Bars: Not Known

Dashed or Dotted Horizontal Lines: Not Known

Repeating Eagle Image: Not Known



* Where I refer to 'Langford', you should look for more information in the exaustive studies written by Frederick Langford, concerning flag cancellations. His books are available from the Machine Cancel Society.

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Updated May 11, 2015

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