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Miscellaneous / new project
« on: July 10, 2013, 02:03:04 PM »
Now that the new 1884-1900 cancel book has been completed I plan to move on to a new project. I would like to see a cancel update for Yag-Bash (stampless cancels), Shatzkes' cancels (1856 to 1872), and the 1874/foreign mail issue from Schimmer.
As such, I am requesting that all collectors submit any new (unlisted) cancels and new usages (recorded cancels not found on certain issues).
What I would need are scans of any new cancel. For new issue uses of existing cancels I would only need a list of the appropriate cancel # and the new issue that it is found on.
Information should be sent to . Just remember...without collector participation this project will not move ahead.

General Discussion / Re: New Cancel Book
« on: July 09, 2013, 02:24:56 PM »
Just an update on the new cancel book. The first print-run of 50 was sold out right after PIPEX. A second press-run of 25 has been received and is now ready for sale. A third print-run is planned but will probably be next year depending on present demand.
Price is still $85.00 plus S&H. One major draw-back has been the high cost of shipping to overseas addresses. Unfortunately I am at the mercy of the USPS on shipping costs which can be as high as $65.00 depending on country. Domestic US shipping is only $8.00. Orders can be placed at

Miscellaneous / Re: cancel question
« on: April 20, 2013, 05:39:35 PM »
Thanks Fernando. Wikipedia makes no mention of that name and only refers to Zitacuaro Heroica.

Miscellaneous / cancel question
« on: April 20, 2013, 01:23:56 PM »
I need some clarification concerning 3 cancels showing "Z. de YNDEP". Shatzkes attributes them to Zitacuaro (SCZ # 1022A and 1022B) while Schimmer attributes them to Zamora (SCH # Mich 88/5, 88/6, and 88/7).
I have Googled town names and can find no reference to a Z de Independencia. Zamora is Zamora de Hidalgo and Zitacuaro is Zitacuaro Heroica. Can anyone shed some light on this?

General Discussion / Re: New Cancel Book
« on: March 27, 2013, 04:37:38 PM »
Disregard previous attachment.

New MEPSI Publication

         The Standardization of Mexican Postmarks

1884 to 1900

By Peter W. Taylor

            This book might well be considered an update of Dr. Karl Schimmer’s classic book on Mexican postmarks. However, it is much more than that! It covers the last three issues of the 19th century (Hidalgo Medallions, Large Numerals, and Mulitas issues). It contains all listings found in the Schimmer book plus a tremendous amount of new listings discovered since those found in Schimmer’s book.

1. It has 668 pages of Tables and cancel illustrations

2. It is spiral bound on 28 lb., high quality color paper. It will open flat for scanning without any                                page distortion as happens with bound books.

3. It has over 1000 new cancel illustrations and cancel listings.

4. It has an expanded Index/Gazetteer to assist in cancel identification.

Cost will be $85.00 plus S&H. Current mailing costs will be $8.00 to US and $60.00 for overseas (Hopefully we can find a way to reduce the exorbitant overseas mailing cost).

Those attending PIPEX can forego S&H costs by pre-ordering now.

Pre-ordering is now open. We encourage all interested to pre-order, including those who plan to attend PIPEX.  You can pre-order or get more information through

Payment can be made through PayPal.

General Discussion / New Cancel Book
« on: March 27, 2013, 04:24:49 PM »
Announcing the availability of a new book "The Standardization of Mexican Postmarks 1884 to 1900" by Peter W. Taylor. This book might be considered an update of Karl Schimmer's cancel book but has some major changes from that work. This is a spiral-bound, 668 page book with over 1000 new cancel illustrations and Table entries. The price is $85.00 plus S&H. The book will be available at the MEPSI annual meeting at PIPEX in Portland in late May. Pre-orders for mail orders can be made for shipment in late May- early June or for pick-up at PIPEX. See the attachments to this e-mail for more details and examples. More info can be obtained through .

Stamp Shows / Re: PIPEX (Portland) Has openings
« on: March 05, 2013, 01:34:15 PM »
MEPSI has never had a meeting in the Pacific NW. This is our chance to introduce Mexican Philately to a brand new audience. The area (Portland and Seattle) has a very strong philatelic base although it seems that I am the only collector of Mexico within 500 miles.
Initially the Show (PIPEX) set aside 100 frames for Mexico exhibits. So far only 24 of those frames have been taken. I would strongly encourage any of you out there with exhibits to show them at PIPEX. The Show is turning back the remaining frames to other exhibitors but at the moment there are still plenty of frames available if you hurry. This is our chance to make a splash!
Applications are available on line at the show's homepage or you can contact me or Bubba and we can hook you up.

Classic Stamps 1856 - 1900 / Re: Cancel Book-update
« on: February 13, 2013, 12:59:32 AM »
Thanks. Polo Calderon supplied me with that page from his collection.
Pete Taylor

Classic Stamps 1856 - 1900 / Re: Cancel Book-update
« on: January 29, 2013, 12:09:41 PM »
Go ahead and spread the word. I can use all the help I can get. I have tried to get requests out for the past year through Mexicana and word-of-mouth. Response has been very poor. Only 4 collectors have responded with any material. Either nobody collects this area or they are too lazy to contribute. Success of the book is very much in the hands of collectors and it will be a much poorer project if I don't get help. Luckily the sources that have responded have really filled the pages. Schimmer's book was about 400 pages....I am up to 614 pages.
Pete Taylor

Classic Stamps 1856 - 1900 / Cancel Book-update
« on: January 21, 2013, 08:09:30 PM »
I have been working on a new book covering cancels from 1884 to 1900 (Hidalgo Medallions, Numerals, and Mulitas) for the past two years. I think I see a very faint light at the end of the tunnel. However, I am at the point where I desperately need the assistance of my fellow collectors. I have used all the examples from my own collection and I still need a number of examples to complete the "art-work" in the book.
What I need are the following scans:
Covers, postcards, or fronts showing very clear cancels from the following States (preferably sub-offices).
Aguascalientes (2 or 3 examples), Campeche (2), Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango (2), Guerrero (2), Hidalgo, Jalisco (2), Mexico, Michoacan, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas (2). Scans should be close with no background edges showing.
I could also use scans of individual stamps with great cancels to augment what I already have. This is especially true for the State of Morelos of which I have zero and need 5 or 6. If you have material that you would like to see in a book please take the time to send me scans (close-cropped with no background).
Please send scans to . Scans should be done at 300dpi.I am including a few scan attachments as examples of what I need.
Thank you....Pete Taylor

General Discussion / PIPEX in Portland, OR
« on: December 31, 2012, 08:32:18 PM »
Happy New Year to all.
As the liason between MEPSI and PIPEX for the up-coming show in May, I would like to know who is planning to submit exhibits. PIPEX has set aside 100 frames for Mexico far we have only 24 frames. I would hate to see the remaining reserved frames being released to other exhibitors. I would like to encourage all to exhibit at PIPEX. MEPSI has never had an annual meeting in the Pacific Northwest so this is an opportunity for us to get plenty of new exposure. Those of you with exhibits....let me know as soon as possible.
Along the same lines....dealers interested in having a table at the bourse should get applications in too.
Pete Taylor

« on: July 07, 2012, 01:00:56 PM »
The date in the cancel looks like that of Schatzkes # 1749, Veracruz.

Just looking at the District name, consignment numbers, and the cancel on Bubba's example are enough to identify a fake.

Hot Diggedy Dog....Super...Save me one in Denver

Classic Stamps 1856 - 1900 / Re: Schimmer Update
« on: May 15, 2012, 01:39:22 PM »
The answer to all your questions is probably "yes". However, I must clarify certain aspects of this Project. First and foremost is the fact that I am only going to cover from the Medallions forward. This, of course, leaves out the 1874/foreign mail issues. One major complaint with Karl"s original book was that it was hard to use for the 1874s because they were still under the "District" system and the book was divided according to "State". The Mexican Post Office abandoned the "District" system in 1884 with the Medallion issue and went to a "State" oriented administration. The 1874s belong in Schatzkes, not in Shimmer.
To date I have re-created all the tables in the book, I have produced individual scans of all the postmarks in the book, and am in the process of re-doing the basic "cancel types" to place them in chronological and usage order.
One thing I am working on is adding images of all the cancels (with exception of the "C" types) that are not shown in the original. While these re-creations will probably not be exact replications of the originals they should be valid additions. Many of Karl's original images were done from partials and/or outright re-creations. Similarly, mine will probably differ slightly in font style and size, letter spacing, and at times actual wording.
I am actively soliciting new information on new cancels and new usages of listed cancels in order to update the Tables. Any listing of new cancels should be sent with scans so I can include the cancel. New usage of existing cancels should include Shimmer #, cancel type, and issue usage (No scans needed). I sincerely hope that all collectors will go through their holdings and report any new data. The success of this project will depend on the participation of all collectors. Any data should be sent to  or mailed to Peter W Taylor, P.O.Box 53, Woodland WA 98674
As to making a disc of all of the has been done but I am trying to decide how and if I want to make this basic data available.
I'll try and keep this forum informed occasionally as to how progress is being made....Just remember...if you don't submit new information this project will be an excersize in futility.

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