U.S. Machine Cancel Finder -- Columbia

Updated April 25, 2015

Your machine cancel was made by a machine sold by the Columbia Postal Supply Company of Silver Creek, New York. The machines made by this company generate a wide variety of markings. In this case, the cancel (killer) is of an unique design in this era of machine cancels. It is made up of alternating vertical lines and horizontal wavy lines. Sometimes, there are 2 vertical lines, other die types have 3 vertical lines. Often there are 6 horizontal wavy lines, but some dies have 7 horizontal wavy lines.

The circular postmark dial is typical of the Columbia machines of this time period.

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

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