Technically not a stamp cancel on the nose... but this was posted to the postcrossing forum a while back... sent from UK to Germany with just a first class stamp....
I am a letter writer, snailmail addict. I send therefore I receive. I also manage a letter writing/correspondence forum called A World of Snail Mail and have a blog (link is in my profile). I sometimes post pictures on Instagram (username morgaine_does_snail_mail) Stamp themes - science, nature, postal history, maps, nice stamps.
Post by Gordon Lee on Sept 7, 2013 22:02:09 GMT -5
Greetings Fellow SB (ver. 2.0) Boarders . This is a slightly off-center SON, but it does fit the "world" part of this thread. . . GHANA -- SCOTT 51 . This stamp had been issued by a small West African republic of Ghana. It was the former British colony of Gold Coast, which achieved independence 6 March 1957. It is just a smidgen over 92,000 square miles in size, has an estimated population of 18 million people, and the capital city is Accra. . The stamp with this almost SON is one of 13 definitive stamps (Scott 48-60) issued by Ghana on 5 October 1959. These definitive stamps were issued with various sizes, orientations, perforations, and designs. They all, however, are photogravure stamps on multiple stars and "G" watermarked paper (Scott wmk 325). Depicted on this two-pence stamp is a view of the Volta River. . The February 4, 1963 postmark from Akropong Ashanti, Ghana is interesting. Three different Google map searches (including Google Earth) show three different locations in Ghana. They all, by the way, are either 15 to 30 miles west or southwest of a larger town called Kumasi. All three locations are smacked daub in the middle of jungle terrain. It makes one wonder what happened to the post office in which a mail clerk diligently applied a clear, almost SON cancellation after a tad over fifty years? . Respectfully,
Post by Gordon Lee on Sept 8, 2013 17:21:50 GMT -5
Greetings Fellow SB (ver. 2.0) Boarders . I was just island-hopping around the world and came across this slightly off center SON: . . MAURITIUS -- SCOTT 254 . While still the British Crown Colony of Mauritius it issued 15 photogravure stamp (Scott 251-265) bearing the Wilding portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and scenic views. These stamp are orientated in both landscape and portrait sizes, with the long edge perforated 13-1/2 and the short edge 14-1/2. All of them are printed on multiple crown and script "CA" watermarked paper. Seven of the stamps were issued in 1953 and the other eight, along with the greenish blue five-cent depicting Rempart Mountain, in 1954. . The November 4, 1963 cancellation tells us that the letter on which this stamp was attached was sent from Rose Hill. This is a small subdivision within the town of Beau Basin. Rose Hill caught my eye because my dear old pap was born at a location called Rose Hill in southern Illinois. (It's not much larger than just an intersection of two country roads.) Rose Hill in Mauritius is slightly larger. . The major kewl fact about Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean about 500 miles due east of Madagascar, is that it was the only home of the Dodo Bird. It might be possible that the very last Dodo was cooked over an open fire pit in downtown Rose Hill, or not. . Respectfully,
Last Edit: Sept 8, 2013 17:22:31 GMT -5 by Gordon Lee
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