Precancel collecting is a field large enough to suit the fancy of any collector. Whether you choose bureau prints, state or town precancels, or one of the 42,300 types listed in the Precancel Stamp Society’s Town & Type Catalogue of the United States and Territories, there will certainly be an area that piques your interest. The idea of precanceling stamps dates back to the very beginning of using stamps as prepayment of postage, with the earliest documented U.S. precancel produced in 1844 by Hale & Co. During an in-depth study into U.S. and foreign precancels, live their history and discover their many facets. Enjoy examining their many types: U.S. bureaus, locals, classics, electrotypes, printed dateds, handstamp dateds, silents, and more. Find out how to use a variety of catalogs and computer programs as you develop the ability to distinguish among similar items. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover a new collecting specialty.
T.G. was introduced to stamp collecting fifty years ago by his grandmother, who started him on a worldwide stamp collection. His interest in fakes and forgeries led him to study with Varro Tyler and has grown into a passion for, not only collecting them, but for learning and teaching about them as well.Rehkop is currently the secretary of the Precancel Stamp Society, as well as a past president.
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