U.S. Machine Cancel Finder -- Barry Oval

Updated July 3, 2011

This machine cancel was impressed by a Barry machine that had an oval postmark. The killer for this example is a set of wavy horizontal lines. Other Barry machines impressed circular postmarks and rectilinear postmarks, as well as horizontal line and diagonal line killers.

Barry cancels can often be identifed by the fact that the feeder mechanism for the machine was a series of pins that grabbed the card or envelope near its right edge. If there is evidence of slight pin impressions near the right edge of the card or envelope, the cancel may be a Barry.

There is a bit more information available about these machines on my Machine Web page.

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