Newcastle Creek – Does it Exist On Stamp? – Cover of the Week!
Newcastle Creek NB is a bit of an anomaly. For whatever reason, this cancel has only been recorded on cover. It is RF 70 at last check and the inventory shows 49 copies, all on cover.
Why? Because the postmaster(s) applied the squared circle hammer impression often to the upper or lower left corner of the stamp as a free strike and used a grid killer on the stamp. St. Ann’s Type I is also like this, only known on stamp in 3 instances.
Newcastle Creek has never been reported on stamp….but….!
I am about to…sort of!
I am sure there may be other similar covers as it was reported in the 5th Edition Handbook that “a few early covers use the squared circle to tie the stamp to the cover”. I have seen and owned several Newcastle Creek covers and this is the only one I have seen with both the free strike and the strike tying the stamp to the cover. Dated JU 24 97
Voila! See below….
When you look close at the blow up below you can clearly see the CR.. of Creek.
Perhaps this is a bit of a stretch but we do tend to seek evidence and this seems to prove it could be lurking out there somewhere in someone’s stockbook!
Here is a more typical Newcastle Creek Cover.
Till next time!
Paul H Grimm