Cancellation:Importance in Philately

By Sreejesh Krishnan\"\"

\"\"cancellation (or cancel for short; French: \”oblitération\”) is a postal marking applied on a postage stamp or postal stationary  to deface the stamp and prevent its re-use. Cancellations come in a huge variety of designs, shapes, sizes and colours. The term \”postal marking\” sometimes is used to refer specifically to the part that contains the date and posting location, although the term often is used interchangeably with \”cancellation.\” The portion of a cancellation that is designed to deface the stamp and does not contain writing is also called the \”obliteration\” or killer. Some stamps are issued pre-cancelled with a printed or stamped cancellation and do not need to have a cancellation added. Cancellations can affect the value of stamps to collectors, positively or negatively. The cancellations of some countries have been extensively studied by philatelists and many stamp collectors and postal history collectors collect cancellations in addition to the stamps themselves.\"\"

Modern United States cancellations commonly include the date and post office location where the stamps were mailed, in addition to lines or bars designed to cover the stamp itself. In connection with Indipex 2011 United States introduced two multi coloured cancellations, this contains design of India’s National Flag and U.S Flag and one pictorial cancellation shows Tajmahal and white house.  When India Post will introduce such type of precious cancellations.

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5 Responses to Cancellation:Importance in Philately


    Thanks a lot Mr.Sreejesh. Great to know that colorful cancellations
    do exist . I have no doubt that colorcancels are going to be a rage in
    not so distant future.

  2. anil kr pujara says:

    In comparison to these cancellations of US Post, the cancellations provided by India Post officials during INDIPEX2011, compels us to hang our heads with shame.

  3. Kamran Ahmad says:

    The US multicolored cancellation (In advance)was really well in quality and beautiful too.Although they charged 70 Rs per envelop but philatelists were looking keen to have this.At the same time India post people were making so rough cancellation on counter even you can not observe anything from , Next time at the time of events like Indipex they must follow the footsteps of US post for providing advance cancelled fdc and special covers so anyone receive good quality cancellation and save their time as well .

  4. A.K.Arunachalam says:

    Dear Mr Sreejesh,

    You have discribed the value of the cancellataion to the collectors which they have probably forgotten and selling the F.D.C for cheeper prices.Anybody can get a stamp but only few people can get the FDC covers with properly stamped and cancelled.

    Thanks for the very good discription provided

  5. Sudhir Jain says:

    Good. Were these coloured spl. cancellations provided during Indipex? I had seen only black ink cancellations on the counters of these countries.

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