Precancels were a post office device for saving time and money. A sheet of 100 stamps could be precancelled in about the same time it took to cancel a single stamp on an envelope, a savings of 99 operations per 100 stamps. Canada Post officially authorized the use of precancels in the late 1880’s and the last were produced in 1977, thereby covering a period of close to 100 years.
Prized by Philatelists
Growing rapidly in popularity, one of the pleasures of collecting precancels is that additions and expansion of your precancel collection can be made by spending time rather than money. Regardless of the length of time involved in collecting stamps, anyone has an equal chance of discovering the scarcer precancels.
- numbering system based on the established Scott Numbering System
- used throughout North America
- all currently known precancels listed and illustrated by style
- a unique numbering code to identify the various precancels
- illustrated listing of Canadian stamps that exist precancelled
- net market values expressed in Canadian funds
- Bar Precancels identification system developed and established by consultation
- alphabetical listing by Town and City Precancels
- many expanded listings
- 171 pages , spiral bound for easy referencing and approximate 9″ x 6.5″
- “Perfin” precancels revised and priced