Arago: Handstamps


Cleveland, OH, postmark handstamp


The Chambers shop in Lodge, Virginia, manufactured this 'received' handstamp. It features a screw-on head with a handle-mounted socket. Month, date, time, and year type are inserted through slots in the die and held in place by flanges on the type. This style is less common that the handstamps that incorporated a set-screw to secure the type.

Receiving postmarks were used to back-stamp mail upon receipt at a post office. The Post Office Department eliminated the back-stamping requirement in 1913, which not only reduced workload that was judged to be non-value adding but also halved the number of devices that had to be supplied to a post office.

March 1, 1904
literal: CLEVELAND OHIO / REC / 6.30 A.M. / MAR 1 / 1904
metal; wood
1 in (2.54 cm), diameter
Museum ID:

  • Handstamp
  • Handstamp
  • Handstamp
Additional Records
  • Bull's eye cancellation handstamp
  • Canal Zone first day cancel handstamp
  • Check endorsement handstamp
  • Circular date handstamp
  • Circular date handstamp
  • Circular hammer backstamping handstamp
  • Cleveland and Cincinnati HPO duplex handstamp
  • Cleveland, OH, postmark handstamp
  • Danvers, MA, postmark handstamp
  • Devil's head fancy cancel handstamp
  • German Valley, NJ, postmark handstamp
  • Handstamp

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8