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All Document IndexesRailway Post Office (RPO) Cover with Washington-Head Stamp
IntroductionRailway Post Office (RPO) Cover Addressed to Denmark
U. S. Three Cent StampIllegal Use of Savings Stamp on Cover
Mr. ZIPIllegal Use of Revenue Stamp on Cover
U. S. Parcel Post Stamp Used for First Class on CoverOrange County, California Postal History
U. S. Five Dollar Stamp of 1922U. S. Special Delivery Stamp
Example of American Flag Machine CancellationSwiss Airmail Stamp
Christmas Seals Used on a Postcard 'Tied' by a Cancellation DeviceRalph Williams Ford License Plate Holder, c. 1965
Perfection Mechanized HandstampEarly Teddy Bear Postcard
Washington-Head StampsEarly Return Address Labels
Privately Perforated Washington-Head Stamp

Perfection Mechanized Handstamp

[Example of Perfection Mechanized Handstamp on Cover]

Example of Perfection Mechanized Handstamp on Cover

This is an image of the impression made by the Type I Perfection machine. It cancelled this cover in 1904, at Noblesville, Indiana. This cover has the additional feature of carrying a commemerative stamp from the St. Louis Worlds Fair issue of 1904.

As described in my machine cancel pages, this was really a mechanically-assisted hand-stamping device, rather than an automatic machine. The postal employee had to place the mail under the device's head, and pull on a large lever to simultaneously ink the cancelling die, and bring it downward onto the cover to make the impression.

I used to collect these machines, but at least have left around an older listing of Perfections on another webpage.


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