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Union, ME, duplex handstamp

Description:

The Chambers shop at Lodge, Virginia, produced this postmarking handstamp for the Union, Maine, post office sometime between 1900 and 1931.

The postmarker head and the oval nine-bar canceling die are mounted on a cross-bar, which is attached to the handle. Combining the postmark and canceling dies into a duplex handstamp allowed a single hand motion to obliterate postage stamps as well as imprint the place and date of mailing.

Date:
1917
Markings:
UNION / MAINE [literal]
Medium:
wood; metal
Dimensions:
1.75 x 2 x 4.75 in (4.44 x 5.08 x 12.06 cm)
Museum ID:
1987.0905.8
Place:
Maine

  • Handstamp, UNION / MAINE
  • Handstamp, UNION / MAINE
  • Duplex Handstamp
  • Handstamp, UNION / MAINE
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