POSTMARKS and CANCELLATIONS across the globe! [NOT commemorative ones]

I’m in favor! I haven’t added anything else because everyone else was talking knowledgeably about their own country’s cancellations (which I have learned a lot from), and I’m just a :clown_face: who likes to look at them but doesn’t know anything about anything. :rofl:

I’m definitely in favor, too. How about “Postmarks and cancellations across the globe [NOT commemorative ones]”? That opens it up to everyone who has a cancellation to share.

I love your index! Thank you very much, it’s a great idea!


Here is a Portuguese hand cancellation. The stamps seems to be a bit damaged, I have it with several dates, all show the slight sents in the outer circle. The number at the bottom is the first part of the 4+3 Portuguese postal code, the date follows the ISO format: 2020 10 13 is 13-Oct-2020.


Here’s some rare country cancellations I’ve received:

San Marino





And then a pretty one I received recently from Japan


Yeaaahh!! I was waiting for your posts… If I’m not mistaken, you’ve only sent the countries starting with the letters A and B, right? I kept waiting for more pictures from you, but you never sent them :sweat_smile: I’m not knowledgeable either, I just find looking at them to be super satisfying.

Yeah, Portugal is one of the few Western European nations that still issue handstamps. It’s visibly damaged actually, but at least the text is very legible. I didn’t know that the “Asian” way of writing dates could be found on European stamps too! But, as you wrote, it’s the official ISO format. We had it right the whole time then :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Oh my God, thank you so much for your valuable contribution! I love the colours in the Iraqi postmarks (there are two black ones and a coloured one, plus two square stamps! omg!! could you pleeease upload HD images of all those postmarks? I’ll then manage to find an Arabic speaker who can translate everything… I’m just too curious to see where this card has been… I’ve never seen this many stamps on the same postcard!)

Regarding the Japanese postmarks, can anyone tell us whether they are commemorative or not? The flower-shaped one clearly is, but what about the round one? It still doesn’t look like the ordinary cancellation stamps from the country.


Well, I kind of looked through A and B and then haphazardly at a couple from China. :slight_smile: But I went back and looked a bit more, these are some I found that looked interesting so far.

Canada - not a lot of them get cancelled. (I also don’t have any scratched through with a pen although I know that seems to be common.)

Clear one from Switzerland, kind of perfectly placed!

And another one from Switzerland, light but I liked the two-part design


Yes, but I’ll need a few days. :wink:

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The first time I saw the ISO date format on postal cancellations, it was in Scandinavia (Sweden I think). I checked, Sweden and Lithuania use ISO format, Norway, Finland and Latvia not (sorry, I don’t have Danish and Estonian cancellations handy). I also have a cancellation from Namibia (previously South-West Africa) with ISO date. I need to find time to make more scans…

The ISO format has the benefit that dates noted in it automatically sort in the correct order on computers. That was the reason for making this format the ISO standard.

Older German machine cancellation preceding the instroduction of Briefzentrum (in the 1990s). It basically looks the same, but instead of Briefzentrum it shows the town name in the top and the postal code in the bottom, exactly the same as in the hand cancellations from post offices.


I got a wonderful Octoberfest cancellation from last year!


Oh sorry, it is commemorative, right? Should I delete it?

Leave it @Martin-CZE it looks good

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The first type of postmark can be obtained at any post office if the clerk is in a good mood.
When I asked at my post office : “Why would you need it ? Your letter will be postmarked at the sorting center.” :unamused: Which brings us to…

The second one which is the regular stamp at Swiss sorting centers, always with the 2 parts.
Unfortunately it is rarely that legible.

I have a question. In some Swiss towns, if you drop mail in a regular mailbox, it’ll get a special-regular postmark like this one :

Would it be considered a normal or commemorative postmark ?
Lots of amazing infos about Graubünden postmarks there !

Edit : By the way, while going through my Swiss postcards, I also noticed an amusing postmark !
02.02.20 - 20
Oh, a nice palindrome (02.02.20(20)) but no, even more fantastic. It was postmarked at 20:00 ! :laughing:


The Postmark is from the Dachstein in Austria. I hope you like it. It is devalued in the city Graz.

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This stamp ist devalued in a post office in Austria.
Postoffice: 8052

Burenstraße 85
8052 Graz-Wetzelsdorf

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This stamp is devalued in St. Johann ob Hohenburg in Austria
8565 is the zip code

Sorry for the bad quality of the picture

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If you would get more informations about stamps in Austria
Please let me know


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Today I was scanning a bunch of postcards and took some photos of cancellations, too. I wanted to share some “rarer” country’s cancellations today:






That is a regular postmark. We had similar ones in Germany until the Briefzentren (letter centers) got to cancel all German mail. Towns and tourist offices can order these (for a fee, of course), and then they are used for all outgoing mail for that town. Most show landmarks of the town, they are advertising the tourist destination. In Germany, the official German name for them is “Ortswerbestempel”, roughly translates as municipality advertisement postmark.

@Cassiopheia: Thanks a lot for these rare country cancellations! :heart:


I’ve recently received a postcard from Ireland with a butterfly cancellation on it (can’t include picture sadly, it was put above sender’s address). It’s basically just the shape of a butterfly, with “Champion Green (…) #SupportLocal” written below. Has anyone seen it?