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retorixPerson was signed in when posted
05:09 PM PT (US)
First question is this. Does it still have the original gum? It's my understanding that collectors in Europe prefer used stamps with full gum. Obviously they are CTO, but sometimes have a higher value than normal used because the condition is perfect.

This cancel is a first day cancel, therefore, the questions is whether or not it's a real cancel, rather than postdated or forgery. Catalogue for first day used is SF1000 in Swiss SBK catalogue. Therefore, worth sending for a certificate.

The Swiss are very careful how they cancel for collectors, therefore, many items are very clean and have been kept in excellent condition.
Steven KennedyPerson was signed in when posted
03:23 PM PT (US)

Is this type of cancellation a CTO which is worth less than the catalog value for used stamps? I see many similar cancellations and I'd like to learn how to determine their value.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
11:27 AM PT (US)

2 June 1900

Bellinzona to Chur free military post card.
Two different razor cancels on the same item is quite scarce. It required that the item leave a main post office which had a device and arrive at a post office where the receiving clerks also were using a razor canceller that day. Most of the time the 12 offices that had been issued razor cancellers used them on outgoing mail, so receiving uses seem to appear mostly at the smaller offices such as Chur and Aarau. Bellinzona razor canceler was not liked by the clerks so for that reason they are the most difficult to find outgoing, and extremely scarce as receivers.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
09:23 AM PT (US)

1 June 1903

Post card for ordering a subscription for a military event in Aarau.
Originated in Rothrist and could have been posted at the Rothrist train station. Next stop was Aarburg where the clerk used the Aarburg straight line device to process the card, plus date stamped it with the Ambulant No19 canceler, trip 120. Arrival date stamp Aarau razor canceler Type 2.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
08:04 AM PT (US)

31 May 1902

Post card sent from Appenzell [straight line mark] via Appenzell-Winklen railway to Rüschlikon.
John F. Barrett,Ph.D.Person was signed in when posted
09:47 PM PT (US)
Zumstein/Scott catalog cross-referencing: those of you wishing this info, I have a Zum 1983 edition which has ZUM/MICHEL/SCOTT/S.G./YVERT all listed. The Scott 'standing Helvetia' issues have been updated/changed in line with Zum within last 2-3 years. Tell me which area(s)/year span you need and I'll see about scanning to you, IF there is enough interest! The listing is ~ 18 pages long. THX! email: jstrubelboy@aol.com
Edited 05-30-2020 09:49 PM
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
09:42 AM PT (US)

30 May 1884

Geneve "sackstempel" used on 10 centimes postal card to Edinburgh, Scotland.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
08:32 AM PT (US)

29 May 1904

Jeppestown, Transvaal, South Africa to Zurich received with the Zürich razor canceler. Though to a philatelist it makes no difference to a razor collector since neither sender nor receiver would have known the experimental device was going to be used on this piece, therefore, not philatelic. ); >)
Steven KennedyPerson was signed in when posted
01:30 PM PT (US)
Thank you! I appreciate this!
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
12:35 PM PT (US)

The only cross reference I have is an older version for Standing Helvetia of Scott and Zumstein. This chart worked for me for years.

Scott recently updated and re-did their Standing Helvetia to much more closely align with Zumstein's descriptions. Also, a couple of years back the Swiss re-numbered their Strubels into a much more complex system and I'm not familiar with these new numbers. As for all the rest, one really needs to have both catalogues side by side and then focus on the areas they are interested in. A concordance as seen between Michel and Zumstein, is not allowed by Scott, and Scott takes legal action against anyone who publishes a concordance using Scott numbers, the reason AHPS has never published a complete concordance. So much for collectors being able to use Scott catalogues for countries other than the most basic series of foreign stamps.
Edited 05-28-2020 12:36 PM
Steven KennedyPerson was signed in when posted
11:06 AM PT (US)
Thanks...I'll try that. Do you have a list that cross-references Scott numbers with Zumstein? I can see the cross-reference with Michel in the Zumstein catalog.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
08:33 AM PT (US)
I guess the basic answer is that you need an album that has spaces for all the Zumstein numbers and, for example, Scott doesn't do a very good job. It should be easy enough to contact album manufactures to confirm which numbering system they use in their albums.
Edited 05-28-2020 08:33 AM
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
08:31 AM PT (US)

I have a Lighthouse hingeless album and it seems the spaces are according to Zumstein, but there are no numbers in the spaces. One has to identify the stamp then place it in the correct page according to date, perforation, and color. It's not difficult but one would need a list of catalogue numbers to figure out what ones are missing. The most complicatedd are Standing Helvetia, but they really aren't difficult to organize. I don't collect stamps any longer as the ones I need are all very expensive.

As you can see this page is for narrow cross watermark subdivided by year, then perforation, then color. For convenience I have pencil IDs of both Zumstein and Scott [ holdovers from days when I was looking for specific stamps.]

Steven KennedyPerson was signed in when posted
07:49 AM PT (US)

Is there an album that uses Zumstein numbers? I really like Schaubek hingeless albums, but I'd like to have the Zumstein numbers if possible.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
07:10 AM PT (US)

28 May 1944

Free military mail from Ste Croix to a person on active duty.
retorixPerson was signed in when posted
02:39 PM PT (US)
Hi Steve

That's a very nice clean set, especially with a certificate!
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