Post by Philatarium on Mar 29, 2016 13:20:39 GMT -5
They are, khj. When they're squiggly lines that look like they could have been applied as a roller cancel, then that's a remainder cancel.
Japan is one of the few post offices I know that actually make remaindered stamps available after they've been pulled off sale. (It's easy to not even think of that since, as far as I know, this isn't done here in the US.)
If I'm not mistaken, the wavy line postmarks for processed mail is actually not continuous and the spacing is different.
Below, I pilfered my own post from a land far away (interestingly, I just noticed that thread far away also contained Dave's first post there!):
REGARDING REMAINDERS At various time periods in history, excess Japanese mint stamps were taken off sale after a certain date, canceled and sold in bulk. These are known as "remainder cancels" -- typically seen as 2 broadly spaced continuous wavy lines that run horizontally across the stamp. Do not assume that if it has no gum, then it is a genuine postally used cancel.
There is, however, a legitimate wavy line cancel, but it is not continuous, is usually slightly off-axis from horizontal, and you typically can see part of a circular date cancel somewhere on the stamp.
Scott does not price the remainder cancels for Japan.
Remainder cancels are like CTO's, and in general have a lower retail value than postally used stamps.
Of course, there are some exceptions. There are some rare remainder/CTO cancels that have been identified/documented and retail for significantly higher than the very common postally used examples -- off the top of my head, Australia for example.
To clarify the above on Japan, remainder cancels on Japan exist in other formats, including an array of boxed parallel lines and rectangles. For other countries, remainder cancels include continuous parallel thick bars/box-arrays, "X", hole punches, barred ovals/diamonds, and the typical circular cancels (often without date, but sometimes with year).
There are, of course, remainder cancels that have the normal circular-date cancel. An example is Thule. The remainders can be identified by the specific cancel date (after the stamps were withdrawn from use).
I assume you mean "still do this". Surprisingly, not many. Korea and Switzerland might still. I don't actively collect most modern stamps, so I'm not sure. But in the early days, a lot of countries would cancel remainders and sell them off.
Post by Philatarium on Mar 29, 2016 14:19:30 GMT -5
There's nothing in Scott about that, Lorna, except that they finally show an example of a telephone cancel which was used on some definitive stamps up through the 1930's. (I'm saying all of this from memory, so I could be a bit off on something.)
The telephone cancels actually look like an old rotary phone dial, so it's easy to spot them. Because they were used to pay telephone & telegraph fees (which were run by the post office), it's much more common to find them, especially the high values, than those that legitimately were used for postal service. The Scott prices are for postally used. The telephone cancels are maybe worth about 10% of the postal value.
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