Hello Squared Circle People!
Last week I received a few nice images from our friend and fearless Bulletin Editor/Leader, Jack Gordon, and I want to share them with you as well as a few of my own.
Some of these have been darn hard to find and at least in my case, only one or two examples of some of these ever come our way. And as I mentioned in a previous article…It is great fun to collect something that you just can’t go down to the corner stamp store and buy. Many of these good items only exist in very small quantities.
Now…I wonder how many serious collectors of squared circles are “out there”. I think there are about 80 in the study group or at least there were. Jack, what is the actual number now? And how many others are there that don’t join groups. Suffice to say that anything about RF 60, there aren’t enough known copies to go around for everyone. This is real scarcity.
And for me, increase the joy of acquiring a new item because they are few and far between. It took me over 30 years to get a Maitland!
So enough jabber, let’s look at a few nice items.
The first is Bleeker St. Toronto. The first hammer which was a miss-spelling of Bleecker St. I have found these to be especially hard to find and have one in my collection. Jack sent me the image on the top and mine is under it.
Next we have Forest, again a tough one to find. Jack’s beautiful example is on an 8c small Queen and mine is on a toughly torn square from a GPC.
Spring Hill Mines NS (Type I) is extremely rare, known only for a very short time before the Springhill NS Type II hammer was pressed into use. I have a couple of them (not shown)
Above are Beaverton “1”, Byng Inlet North, New Germany, Spring Hill Mines, Arichat, and Baddeck. (all Jack’s)
This post has no particular theme, just some nice items that tickle our fancy for one reason or other.
Here is a rare strike of Winnipeg Hammer IV on a 2c Edward. Not a particularly good strike but the date looks to be 3 — 21 o4. I am sure there are much better strikes out there.
And here is a nice Strachan Ave Toronto, full trike on a pair of 3c Jubilees.
Stanstead QUE is again, one of the scarce ones and hard to imagine much better than this strike on a 3c Small Queen.
There has been a significant find of covers with Cumberland Type one lately as receiving marks and often with another squared circle town or flag cancel. Many of these were sold on EBay by Mike Babier. I picked up a couple of these shown in a previous Cover of the Week post. But here is Cumberland on a 3c Jubilee, nice strike!
And here is a nice Mission City BC on 8c Small Queen from Jack’s collection (missing entirely from mine!) You do not see these very often.
And finally for this post take a look at this very nice example of Riviere Du . Loup Station on 2c Map, dated JA 3 99. Only 4 strikes known.
That’s it for today. If you would like me to feature some of your gems please send your notes and scans along.
Till next time!
Paul H Grimm