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Jamaica has used many different types and sub-types of cancelling devices to indicate the location from/via/to post has been routed.

Over the years authors have used various different coding systems to label each of these types for identification. This multitude of references creates confusion!

EJP seeks to consolidate / Cross Reference these systems using a universal system promoted by David Horry.

Specific authors have produced works on individual topics, which will be stated later but several generic books / pamphlets have been produced that need to be introduced here.

Postal History Location Markings

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Year

Author

Title

Comment

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1928

Nicholson, LCC

Jamaica – Its Postal History, Postage Stamps and Postmarks

The pioneer work and foundation for later classifications, no longer directly used

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1936

Nicholson, LCC

Jamaica Pre-Stamp Covers 1760 to 1860

Update to 1928

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1968

Foster, T

Postal History of Jamaica to 1860

The most widely quoted reference system (even 40 years later). Later discoveries of some early marks require adjustment to the system.


1996

Potter, I

The Postal Markings of Jamaica

A massive undertaking, providing information into the 1990s.


2004

Proud E

Postal History of Jamaica

Similar scope to Potter but only organised by location.  Reference system largely ignores type, therefore the code used does not help identify the style. Images of most marks provided


2007

Horry, D

Encyclopaedia of BWI Postmarks – King George VI

Only covers the period of issue of KGVI adhesives but comprehensive listing (with rarity guide) and images. New classification system utilisation visual indicators.

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On-going

Fincham, Alan

Jamaican Postal Markings

Excellent Web site consolidating published information

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Title

Description


Jamaica Bishop Mark



Jamaica Straight Line (Pre-Adhesive)



Jamaica Fleuron (Pre-Adhesive)



Manuscript (Pre-Adhesive)



Straight Line Town (Pre-Adhesive)



Classic Kingston


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Classic Post Town


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Numeral Oblliterators



Skeletons


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Squared Circle


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Temporary Rubber Datestamps


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Street Letter Boxes



Post Town Modern Double Circles



Birmingham



Post Town Modern Small Single Circles



Registered Ovals



Machine Cancellers (wavy lines & slogans)


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Travelling Post Offices



French Maritime