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The latest "Forum" announces a reward for a rare machine cancel, stolen in the 1990's. The offer is US $ 100. Contact the Editor for more information.

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New auction is now posted. It will close 26 June 2018.

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Latest auction will close February 6, 2018. The item illustrated looks very nice.

Six more days before the current auction closes.

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The latest MCS auction is now posted on the website.

It will close on August 29, 2017.

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Another question by email. This is a Doremus type D, with station name in killer.

See:

http://swansongrp.com/machine2.html#doremus
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I recently got this email:

" I got my hands on a bunch of covers and I’m in the process of sorting through them looking for interesting machine cancels. One cancel struck me as unusual, it looks like an American Machine flag cancel but with an weird configuration of stars (please see attached scan). I’m used to seeing the stars in a 3-2-3-2-3 vertical pattern but the scan shows an “eye” shape of 13 stars. I was wondering if this is a knock off of the American Machine cancel by another company or if this is really from American Machine? Can you tell me if this is a rare or common cancel? "

My reply was that this is the "ovate" flag type, one of many described by the late Frederick Langford in his huge study of American flag machines.

If I understand the book correctly, this is quite common, number 16. B-4(3) different die. Ovate cancels are well-liked by collectors.


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Bob Swanson has posted a new MCS Auction closing on May 18, 2017 on our website. Go to www.machinecancel.org to see the rules and the auction.
Hope you see something of interest.

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Attached postal stationary I found yesterday in a 1 € box. 1888 is early for a machine cancel, so I took it. After browsing thru Bob's "Cancel Finder" I'm no longer sure that this is a machine cancel. Any ideas?
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Bob Swanson has just posted a new MCS Auction on our website. Go to www.machinecancel.org to see the auction. The auction closes Feb 21, 2017. Be sure to read the rules also if you have not done so before.
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