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N.Z.Marine Post Offices 1923 - 1938 
Posted by:
A219

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20/6/2010, 10:18 pm


Does any member have a Marine Post Offfice Cover with the  dumb Squared Circle Obliterator  showing N.Z?
If so can you kindly advise the name of the Ship and the date of the MPO cancellation on cover please.
Many thanks,
A219 
Posted by:
VR

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22/6/2010, 5:06 pm


Re: N.Z.Marine Post Offices 1923 - 1938


A219

You are referring here to one of a series of 'dumb' cancels that were used by mail agents on board ships sailing between Auckland and Vancouver or Wellington and San Francisco during this period. The service contract for San Francisco was terminated at the end of 1936 and the Vancouver service ended towards the end of 1938.

C. W. Ward, in his publication New Zealand Marine & Railway T.P.O's, their histories & postmarks, shows a number of these 'dumb' cancels four of which are illustrated below. The one you are referring to is that shown as 'N' below.






These are also illustrated in Vol lll of The Postage Stamps of New Zealand, pp268. Ward states that 'M' and 'N' were both used on R.M.S. Maunganui.

As you can see from the item below Ward's cancel type 'M' at least was also used on R.M.S. Monowai but I don't know if the same is true for type 'N'.





Perhaps others can add further information.

VR





Posted by:
A219

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22/6/2010, 10:17 pm


Re: N.Z.Marine Post Offices 1923 - 1938

The original question was If anyone has an example of a Marine Post Office cover with a dumb squared circle cancellation showing NZ to kindly advise the Ship and the date through these pages - thanks.

 

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