The International Machine Cancel Society Archived News Items

[machine cancel]

Auction Closed November 29, 2016

This, and all MCS auctions are operated according to the auction rules of the Machine Cancel Society.

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[machine cancel]

Auction Closed May 24, 2016

This, and all MCS auctions are operated according to the auction rules of the Machine Cancel Society.

Downloads include Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 24, 2016 (PDF), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 24, 2016 (EPUB), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 24, 2016 (MOBI), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 24, 2016 (ODT), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 24, 2016 (Web Page), Partial List of Images of Lots for Machine Cancel Society Auction Closed May 24, 2016.

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[machine cancel]

Auction Closed February 16, 2016

This, and all MCS auctions are operated according to the auction rules of the Machine Cancel Society.

Downloads include Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed February 16, 2016 (PDF), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed February 16, 2016 (EPUB), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed February 16, 2016 (MOBI), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed February 16, 2016 (ODT), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed February 16, 2016 (Web Page), Partial List of Images of Lots for Machine Cancel Society Auction Closed February 16, 2016.

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[perfection machine cancel]

Auction Closed November 17, 2015

This, and all MCS auctions are operated according to the auction rules of the Machine Cancel Society.

Downloads include Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 17, 2015 (PDF), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 17, 2015 (EPUB), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 17, 2015 (MOBI), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 17, 2015 (ODT), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 17, 2015 (Web Page), Partial List of Images of Lots for Machine Cancel Society Auction Closed November 17, 2015.

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[doremus machine cancel]

Auction Closed August 25, 2015

This, and all MCS auctions are operated according to the auction rules of the Machine Cancel Society.

Downloads include Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed August 25, 2015 (PDF), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed August 25, 2015 (EPUB), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed August 25, 2015 (MOBI), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed August 25, 2015 (ODT), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed August 25, 2015 (Web Page), Partial List of Images of Lots for Machine Cancel Society Auction Closed August 25, 2015.

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[doremus machine cancel]

Auction Closed May 19, 2015

This, and all MCS auctions are operated according to the auction rules of the Machine Cancel Society.

Downloads include Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 19, 2015 (PDF), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 19, 2015 (EPUB), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 19, 2015 (MOBI), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 19, 2015 (ODT), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 19, 2015 (Web Page), Partial List of Images of Lots for Machine Cancel Society Auction Closed May 19, 2015.

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[rocket mail]

Auction Closed February 17, 2015

This, and all MCS auctions are operated according to the auction rules of the Machine Cancel Society.

Downloads include Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed February 17, 2015 (PDF), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed February 17, 2015 (EPUB), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed February 17, 2015 (MOBI), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed February 17, 2015 (ODT), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed February 17, 2015 (Web Page), Partial List of Images of Lots for Machine Cancel Society Auction Closed February 17, 2015.

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[netherlands machine cancellation]

Auction Closed November 18, 2014

This, and all MCS auctions are operated according to the auction rules of the Machine Cancel Society.

Download include: Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 18, 2014 (PDF), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 18, 2014 (EPUB), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 18, 2014 (MOBI), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 18, 2014 (ODT), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 18, 2014 (Web Page), Machine Cancel Society Auction Closed November 18, 2014 (some lot images).

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[boston flag cancellation]

Announcing the Sale of Frederick Langford's Books by The International Machine Cancel Society

The estate of the late Frederick Langford has sold all remaining copies of Mr. Langford's books to the Society for resale to members. It cannot be emphasized enough that Mr. Langford was the authority on American flag machine cancels. See the Machine Cancel Society Publication List for more information on ordering these books.

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[netherlands machine cancellation]

Auction Closed May 20, 2014

This, and all MCS auctions are operated according to the auction rules of the Machine Cancel Society.

Downloads include: Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 20, 2014 (PDF), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 20, 2014 (EPUB), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 20, 2014 (MOBI), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 20, 2014 (ODT), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 20, 2014 (Web Page), Machine Cancel Society Auction Closed May 20, 2014 (some lot images).

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[u s navy handstamp flag]

Auction Closed December 10, 2013

This, and all MCS auctions are operated according to the auction rules of the Machine Cancel Society.

Downloads include: Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed December 10, 2013 (PDF), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed December 10, 2013 (EPUB), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed December 10, 2013 (MOBI), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed December 10, 2013 (ODT), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed December 10, 2013 (Web Page), for Machine Cancel Society Auction Closed December 10, 2013 (some lot images).

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[u s navy handstamp flag]

Auction Closed August 27, 2013

This auction included exhibit groups from the Boy Scout collection of the late Reg Morris.

This, and all MCS auctions are operated according to the auction rules of the Machine Cancel Society.

Downloads include: Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed August 27, 2013 (PDF). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed August 27, 2013 (EPUB). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed August, 2013 (MOBI). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed August 27, 2013 (ODT). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed August 27, 2013 (Web Page). Society Auction, Closed August 27, 2013 (Some Lot Images).

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[universal cancel on admiral byrd souvenir sheet stamp]

Auction Closed May 21, 2013

This auction included literature items from the estate of the late Reg Morris.

This, and all MCS auctions are operated according to the auction rules of the Machine Cancel Society.

Downloads include: Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 21, 2013 (PDF). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 21, 2013 (EPUB). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 21, 2013 (MOBI). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 21, 2013 (ODT). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed May 21, 2013 (Web Page). Society Auction, Closed May 21, 2013 (Some Lot Images).

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[barry rectilinear cancel with fancy cc]

Auction Closed November 20, 2012

This auction featured many new high point value flag cancels from Fred Langford that did not sell when they were first offered in Jim Mehrer's auctions. It also had several machine cancels that are not frequently seen, such as Cheshire, Constantine, Evans and a Whitehead. Be sure to check the items near the end of the list, because they include literature items from the estate of the late Reg Morris.

This, and all MCS auctions are operated according to the auction rules of the Machine Cancel Society.

Downloads include: Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 20, 2012 (PDF). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 20, 2012 (EPUB). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 20, 2012 (MOBI). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 20, 2012 (Web). Machine Cancel Society Auction Ended November 20, 2012 (Selected Lot Images).

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[unsealed use, christmas seals]

Auction Closed August 21, 2012

This auction offered high-point flags from the estate of the late Frederick Langford, along with 50 Columbia and 50 Doremus cancels, and many other items.

This, and all MCS auctions are operated according to the auction rules of the Machine Cancel Society.

Downloads include: Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed August 21, 2012 (PDF). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed August 21, 2012 (EPUB). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed August 21, 2012 (MOBI). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed August 21, 2012 (Web). Machine Cancel Society Auction Ended August 21, 2012 (Selected Lot Images).

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Auction Closed March 24, 2012

This Society auction closed May 24, 2012. This auction offered material from the machine cancel collections of David Hewett and Frederick Langford, along with some machine cancels not often seen. In addition, the auction included an exhibit from Frank Shively of spray cancels.

Downloads include: Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed March, 2012 (PDF). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed March, 2012 (Web). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed March, 2012 (EPUB). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed March, 2012 (Kindle). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed March, 2012 (Selected Lot Images).

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[geary machine cancellation]

Auction Closed February 21, 2012

This Society auction closed February 21, 2012. The auction offered material from the machine cancel collections of David Hewett, James Mason, along with some items from the late Frederick Langford's extensive collection.

Downloads include: Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed February, 2012 (PDF). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed February, 2012 (Web). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed February, 2012 (EPUB). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed February, 2012 (Kindle). Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed February, 2012 (Lot Images).

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[eagle and thunderbolt cancel]

Langford Estate Auction, January 24-27, 2012

A number of items from the estate of the late Frederick Langford were sold by public auction. The Schuyler Rumsey auction house is based in San Francisco. See the website: Catalog of Schuyler Rumsey Auction, Taking Place January 24-27, 2012, for more information and to view the lots. In particular, check the lot numbers starting at 1056, and then later around 2600. I have chosen to illustrate this web page with the image for lot #1075, an Eagle and Thunderbolt cancel on piece.

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Society Announcements for 2011

Check the linked page for official Society announcements made in advance of calendar year 2011: Machine Cancel Society Announcements for 2011.

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New Auction Manager for the Machine Cancel Society (2/22/2011)

Welcome to Don Pearson, as the Society's new Auction Manager. Please send material directly to Don for the new, upcoming auctions:

Don Pearson
20 Telford Avenue
Dayton OH 44519

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Auction Closed November 22, 2011

The Machine Cancel Society auction, which closed November 22, 2011, offered material from the machine cancel collections of David Hewett and James Mason, along with some items from Langford's extensive collection. You can still view the auction listings at: Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 22, 2011 (PDF), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closed November 22, 2011 (HTML), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closing November 22, 2011 (EPUB), Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closing November 22, 2011 (MOBI). Lot images available at: List of Images of Lots for Machine Cancel Society Auction Ending 11/22/2011.

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[columbia machine cancellation]

Auction Closed August 23, 2011

The special auction for 2011, set up by our Auction Manager, Don Pearson, offered plenty of material for the machine cancel collector. This auction closed August 23, 2011, but you may still view the listing.

Download the auction listing as a PDF file at Machine Cancel Society Auction, Closing August 23, 2011

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[boston flag cancellation]

2010 Garfield-Perry Show Special Edition of The Machine Cancel Forum

The Annual General Meeting of The Machine Cancel Society was held at Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday, March 20, 2010, and was quite a success. Our intrepid editor created a special edition of The Machine Cancel Forum for this event, which is a fantastic document. Parts of the MCF are in color, something we cannot normally do for the general newsletter. The content is a fascinating study of "unknown" possible-machines used for cancelling mail. Take a look at this Special Edition Garfield-Perry Machine Cancel Forum.

This PDF file has not been converted to the MOBI file for Kindle (tm), but we have created a special version of the PDF file that reads quite well on the Kindle (especially when viewed horizontally). Try: Special Edition Garfield-Perry Machine Cancel Forum ["narrow margin version", 8MB PDF file].

Since the subject matter of this MCF contains many conjectures and guesses, the research associated with these "possible" machine cancellations is on-going. The editor solicits your input, your suggestions, and any new finds that you make of these fascinating types of cancellations. Please contact our editor, A J Savakis at the following email address (in plain English):

mcsforum21IXioillwwER4DQOFSWS0@embarqmail27sappplo445VBDEMQLHTQXKBD24.com39F99aawwRT54eUWPSZKJCUNVCIIF54

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Special Edition of the Machine Cancel Forum for the 2009 APS StampShow

The APS StampShow, held in Pittsburgh in August 2009 was a great success. Many members and officers of the Machine Cancel Society attended the show, as well as the Annual Meeting. In addition, the Society ran a great information booth on the show floor. Our editor worked very hard, and created a special edition of the Machine Cancel Forum. Electronic copies of this special edition are available as PDF files, including: the entire Forum as a single PDF file [9 megabytes] and individual PDF files for each article in the special Forum edition [9 megabytes].

Also, this special edition of the Forum has been converted to the "MOBI" format, which is compatible with the Amazon Kindle (tm). Interested Kindle owners should try downloading the Special Edition 2009 Stampshow Machine Cancel Forum [16 megabyte .mobi file].

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Special Edition of MCF in Honor of Reg Morris and Boy Scouting

The December 2009 Special Issue of the Machine Cancel Forum has been mailed out on the Centennial of the Boy Scouts of America. It is dedicated to Reg Morris who was very involved in Scouting.

In recent years, we have lost many founding members who were leaders of both our hobby and our Society.

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New Society Electronic Projects

See an updated article on the subject of electronic documents and use of social media in the Machine Cancel Society.

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Fourth Edition of the Flag Cancel Encyclopedia

The Flag Cancel Encyclopedia was the life's work of Frederick Langford. The Third edition has been an absolute must have for machine cancel collectors for many years. Now, after decades of work, a new edition is available. The Machine Cancel Society is now the seller of these books, along with Langford's Doremus book. See MCS announcement of sales of last copies of Langford's books.

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Modern Flag Machine

A flag machine is in current use in Warren, Ohio, and collectors can receive cancels by requesting them from the postmaster. If you would like a copy of the Warren, Ohio, United States, flag machine cancel, you are welcome to send a properly franked enveope or card to:

US FLAG CANCEL
c/o Postmaster
Warren OH 44482

for cancellation. It will be posted the next time the International HD2 is in use. You can also request that your covers be posted for September 11th and Veterans Day November 11th, as these mailing dates are already scheduled.

Your cards and envelopes need to be addressed, and will pass through the mails unprotected from sprays and other cancels, unless you supply a larger return envelope for philatelic return. There is no charge for this cancellation. It is the Warren community's pleasure to make this cancel available for public use.

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William Barlow's Award-Winning Boston Machine Cancel Exhibit

Our Society's Past President, William Barlow, Jr., has produced an award-winning exhibit (2008 Indypex GOLD) on the history of machine cancels used in Boston, Massachusetts. Most collectors of machine cancels will recognize that Boston was a major center for experimentation with new machines, and study of American flag machines used in this city alone offers an amazing variety. The exhibit goes well beyond the American company and is a useful education for both new and experienced machine cancel collectors. The Boston Machine Cancel Exhibit is now available online here at the MCS website.

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Ohio Town List of Universal Machine Cancels

A new machine cancel publication: the Ohio Town List of Universal Machine Cancels is now available online here at the MCS website. The document was prepared for the first Universal Symposium held at the Trumbull Philatelic Exhibition in 2008. This publication was prepared for the educational use of Machine Cancel Society members and its guests at the Symposium and this web site. Use of this document is restricted, see the Ohio Townlist front material for the exact license wording.

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Limited-Time Book Offer!

The new Miller book (Second Edition) From Hinrichsen to Krag is available in only limited quantities, as received at the Machine Cancel Society. We are selling them as a service at $58, postpaid USA. Shipping to Europe or Oceana will be an additional $15 postage. If you want the book shipped with your October Forum, send a $58 check to Gary Carlson and on the same day send an email to Alex Savakis mcsforum21IXioi9pppaawGHGH3OFSWS0@embarqmail27sawER57yiii4iIIXKBD24.com3lll3wWWEeUWPSZKJCUNVCIIF54 saying you paid for a book. This offer is only available to Society members.

How good is the new edition? Glad you asked. The book is beautiful, with full color on glossy paper. Each page has both German and English, arranged so as not to distract. The left column and to the left of each picture is the German text. The right column and to the left of each picture is the corresponding English. Quite frankly, one can compare each English and German sentence it is that well organized. I had assumed correctly that even for a US collector, the information would be useable. There is a section on Columbia and Internationals used in Germany. It is very complete and user friendly. Lots of pictures of machines and covers. So if you want a book "el pronto" send a check on or before Tuesday, September 16 to Gary Carlson and an email to me, Alex Savakis mcsforum21IXiowesCCF55QOFSWS0@embarqmail27saw66yyuuASHTQXKBD24.com39F9wesd33442UWPSZKJCUNVCIIF54 , saying you sent the money to Gary, and both book and Forum go out in the same package. Gary's Address is:

Gary Carlson
1261 Ducrest Dr S
Columbus, OH 43220-3813

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New WW II APO Book

The "classic" triumvirate: Bart Billings, the late Bob Payne, and Reg Morris have completed a WW II Book of APOs, the result of over 10 years effort. Here is an article about the APO book, giving more details about its contents, and how you can order a copy.

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Possible EKU for Camp Perry, Ohio Flag

Your webmaster has come upon a possible EKU for the Camp Perry, Ohio American flag cancel. The primary reason for the "possible" is the poor quality of many of these cancels. This one is missing the day, but the postcard message says that it is the first of September (1917) so that puts us pretty close. A scanned image is here.

Since this machine is quite uncommon, it is easy to display a list of all reported items here:

One item from 1917, month and day not clear
September, 1917, day not clear (Saw illustration, attrib. Billings)
September 7, 1917, month/day not clear
November 1917, day not clear (previously Ockun, 2 cent stamp)
November 2, 1917 (saw)
November 23, 1917 (have)
December, 1917, day not clear
December 7, 1917 (from Ockun list (1991))
December 10, 1917 (La Posta auction, day not clear)
June 17, 1918
June 21, 1918
June 26, 1918
July 15, 1918
August 10, 1918
September 5, 1918 (have)
September 20, 1918
October 2, 1918
October 3, 1918

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Table of Contents

Auction Closed November 29, 2016 Auction Closed May 24, 2016 Auction Closed February 16, 2016 Auction Closed November 17, 2015 Auction Closed August 25, 2015 Auction Closed May 19, 2015 Auction Closed February 17, 2015 Auction Closed November 18, 2014 Announcing the Sale of Frederick Langford's Books by The International Machine Cancel Society Auction Closed May 20, 2014 Auction Closed December 10, 2013 Auction Closed August 27, 2013 Auction Closed May 21, 2013 Auction Closed November 20, 2012 Auction Closed August 21, 2012 Auction Closed March 24, 2012 Auction Closed February 21, 2012 Langford Estate Auction Society Announcements for 2011 New Auction Manager for the Machine Cancel Society (2/22/2011) Auction Closed November 22, 2011 Auction Closed August 23, 2011 2010 Garfield-Perry Show Special Edition of The Machine Cancel Forum Special Edition of the Machine Cancel Forum for the 2009 APS StampShow Special Edition of MCF in Honor of Reg Morris and Boy Scouting New Society Electronic Projects Fourth Edition of the Flag Cancel Encyclopedia Modern Flag Machine William Barlow's Award-Winning Boston Machine Cancel Exhibit Ohio Town List of Universal Machine Cancels Limited-Time Book Offer! New WW II APO Book Possible EKU for Camp Perry, Ohio, Flag Cancel


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