Postal Cancellations
1854 - 1898

TYPE 1

BAEZA CIRULAR DATE STAMPS

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TYPE 1A

SMALL BAEZA CIRULAR DATE STAMP

28mm outer diameter circular date stamp with "MANILA - 31 - ISs. FILIPs."
Date in centre in three lines

Months appear abbreviated as follows:

ENo

FEB.

MAR

ABR

MAY.

JUN.

JUL.

AGo

SET.

OCT.

NOV.

DIC.

Cancel was in use on Pre-Stamped Covers prior to 1854

Applied in Blue from 1854 to 1859

Applied in Black from 1854 to 1863

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TYPE 1B

LARGE BAEZA CIRCULAR DATE STAMP

30mm outer diameter circular date stamp with "MANILA - 31 - ISLs. FILIPIs."
Date in centre in three lines

Months appear abbreviated as follows:

ENo

FEB.

MAR

ABR

MAY.

JUN.

JUL.

AGo

SET.

OCT.

NOV.

DIC.

Cancel was in use on Pre-Stamped Covers prior to 1854

Applied in Blue from 1854 to 1859

Applied in Black from 1854 to 1861

TYPE 2

CIRCULAR DOTTED CANCEL

24mm diameter circular dotted cancellation without outer frame line
Cancellation comprises square dots of about 1mm, though size varies
Applied in Black and Blue

Used throughout the Spanish Era (1854 to 1898)

TYPE 3

PARILLA CANCEL

31 x 19 mm oval network cancellation
Varies slightly in shape, some being quite pointed at the end, others appearing well rounded
Applied in Black (common) or Blue (scarce)

Used from 1856 to 1898

TYPE 4

TOWN AND FILIPINAS CIRCULAR DATE STAMPS

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TYPE 4A

MANILA – FILIPINAS CIRCULAR DATE STAMP

21mm outer diameter circular date stamp with “MANILA” above, "FILIPINAS" below and "31" on each side
Date in the centre in three lines
Applied in Black

Day and Year appear with or without full stop after each entry. Months appear abbreviated as follows:

ENo

FEB.

MAR.

ABR.

MAY.

JUN.

JUL.

AGo

SET.

OCT.

NOV.

DIC.

Used from 1859 to 1863

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TYPE 4B

BALABAC (PALAWAN) – FILIPINAS CIRCULAR DATE STAMP

20mm outer diameter and 11mm inner diameter circular date stamp
'BALABAC' above and 'FILIPINAS' below
Date in the centre in three lines
Applied in Black

Used in 1874 (Two copies known to date on Scott #50)

TYPE 5

TOWN AND CITY CIRCULAR CANCELS

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TYPE 5A

DATED TOWN AND CITY CIRCULAR DATE STAMP

           

          

21mm outer diameter circular date stamp with Town name above and City name below
Date in the centre (Day, Month and Year) in three lines
Applied in Black

Known Town Cancellations:

Cancel

Period of Usage

Comments

Bacolod – Negros

#46

Cavite – Luzon

1858 -

Cottabato – Mindanao

 

 

Misamis – Mindanao

 

#144, 146, 153, 192

Princesa – Paragua *

 

#50

Zamboanga - Mindanao

 

#48, #78

* Paragua was the Former name for Palawan

Cancel with ‘Visayas’ on Bottom – Town name on top unknown

Used from 1858 to late 1890s

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TYPE 5B

DATED TOWN AND CITY CIRCULAR DATE STAMP

    

21mm outer diameter circular date stamp with Town name above and City name below
Date in the centre (Day and Month only, no Year) in two lines
Applied in Black

Known Town Cancellations:

Cancel

Period of Usage

Comments

Visayas – Cebu

- 1898

 

Yloylo – Visayas

 

Known on Official (RS) Covers

Used from 1858 to late 1890s

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TYPE 5C

DATELESS TOWN AND CITY CIRCULAR CANCEL

               

21mm outer diameter circular date stamp with Town name above and City name below
No Date in the centre
Applied in Black

Known Town Cancellations:

Cancel

Period of Usage

Comments

Cottabato - Mindanao

Serif Lettering

Misamis - Mindanao

Serif Lettering

Tacloban - Leyte

1880s

Sans-Serif Lettering. Only known on #80

Visayas - Cebu

 

Serif Lettering

Used from mid 1870s to 1880s

TYPE 6

TOWN AND STAR CIRCULAR DATE STAMPS

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TYPE 6A

DATED TOWN AND STAR CIRCULAR DATE STAMP

    

19.5mm outer diameter circular date stamp
Town name above and Star below
Date in the centre in three lines
Applied in Black

Months appear abbreviated as follows:

ENE

FEB

MAR

ABR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AGO

SET

OCT

NOV

DIC

Known Town Cancellations:

Cancel

Period of Usage

Comments

Manila

 

 

Zamboanga

 

#79, #86, 149, 167, 177

Used from 1860 to late 1880s

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TYPE 6B

DATELESS TOWN AND STAR CIRCULAR DATE STAMP

    

19.5mm outer diameter circular date stamp
Town name above and Star below
No Date in centre
Applied in Black

Known Town Cancellations:

Cancel

Period of Usage

Comments

Jolo

 

Zamboanga

 

 

Used from 1860 to late 1880s

TYPE 7

CORREOS CIRCULAR CANCELS

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TYPE 7A

DATED CORREOS – TOWN CIRCULAR DATE STAMP

     


25mm outer diameter circular date stamp with "CORREOS" above and Town name below
Date in one line across the centre (with or without period after day in date)
Applied in Black (common), Blue, Blue-Green or Violet

51 Recorded Towns or Cities:

Albay (Bicol)

Cavite (Luzon)

Manila (Luzon)

Alcala (Cagayan or Pangasinan)

Cebu (Visayas)

Mariquina (Rizal)

Antique (Western Visayas)

Cervantes (Ilocos Sur)

Mariveles (Bataan)

Aparri (Cagayan)

Concepcion (Iloilo)

Morong (Bataan)

Atimonan (Quezon)

Corregidor (Cavite)

Nueva Caceres (Camarines Sur)

Bacolod (Negros Occidental)

Cottabato (Cotabato)

Olongapo (Zambales)

Baguio (Benguet)

Daet (Camarines Norte)

San Fernando (Pampanga)

Balanga (Bataan)

Dagupan (Pangasinan)

San Isidro (Leyte)

Batangas (Batangas)

Iba (Zambales)

Santa Cruz (Laguna)

Bayombong (Nueva Vizcaya)

Ilagan (Isabela)

Sibulan (Negros Oriental)

Binangonan (Rizal)

Iloilo (Iloilo)

Sorsogon (Sorsogon)

Bolinao (Pangasinan)

La Trinidad (Benguet)

Taal (Batangas)

Bulacan (Bulacan)

La Union (Ilocos) *

Tarlac (Tarlac)

Cagayan (Misamis Oriental)

Laoag (Ilocos Norte)

Tayabas (Quezon)

Candon (Ilocos Sur)

Laguna Sta Cruz (Luzon)

Tuguegarao (Cagayan)

Capiz (Visayas)

Libmanan (Camarines Sur)

Vigan (Ilocos Sur)

Caramoan (Camarines Sur)

Lingayen (Pangasinan)

Zamboanga (Mindanao)

* La Union only shows 'Union' in Cancel

Used from late 1860 to 1898

Earliest: #36 (Zamboanga)  /  Oldest: #198

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TYPE 7B

DATED CORROES – MANILA CIRCULAR DATE STAMP

24mm outer diameter circular date stamp with "CORREOS" above and “MANILA” below
Date in one line across the centre
Often found with heavily smudged on top and bottom making words almost illegible
Applied in Black

Used from late 1890s

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TYPE 7C

DATED CORREOS – RAILWAY POST OFFICE CIRCULAR DATE STAMP

    

25mm outer diameter circular date stamp with "CORREOS" above and Town name below
Date in one line across the centre
Applied in Black or Violet

Manila – Dagupan Railway Post Office Cancels
AMB. DESC. (Ambulante Descendente – South Bound Railway Line) in upper case letters
AMB.
ASC. (Ambulante Ascendente – North Bound Railway Line) in lower case letters

Cancel

Period of Usage

Comments

AMB. DESC.

1890s

#144, 147

AMB. ASC.

1890s

#144 x 2

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TYPE 7D

DATELESS CORREOS – SAMAR CIRCULAR CANCEL

25mm outer diameter outer circle and 13mm inner diameter inner circle
Correos above and Samar below, with stars centrally on either end
Small scroll in centre without date
Applied in Black

Used from mid 1890s to 1898

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TYPE 7E

DATELESS CORREOS – BOHOL CIRCULAR CANCEL

21mm outer diameter and 12mm inner diameter
Correos on top and Bohol on bottom, with small solid circle centrally on either end
No Date in the centre
Applied in Black

Used from mid 1890s (#144, 165 [MR Auction])

TYPE 8

COMUNICACIONES CIRCULAR DATE STAMPS

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TYPES 8A

COMUNICACIONES CIRCULAR DATE STAMP

24mm outer diameter circular date stamp with "COMUNICACIONES" above and Town name below
Date in one line across the centre broken by Inner Circle
Applied in Black and Blue

Known Town Cancellations:

Cancel

Period of Usage

Comments

Iloilo

Manila – Previously Recorded but Uncertain if this exists (no copies cited to date)

Used from ??? to 1898

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TYPES 8B

COMUNICACIONES CIRCULAR DATE STAMP

    

24mm outer diameter circular date stamp with "COMUNICACIONES" above and Town name below
Date in one line across the centre with no Inner Circle
Applied in Black and Blue

Known Town Cancellations:

Cancel

Period of Usage

Comments

Iloilo

 

Sorsogon

 

#144, 146, 157

Used from ??? to 1898

TYPE 9

TOWN CANCELS

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TYPE 9A

BACOLOR (PAMPANGA) FANCY TOWN CANCEL

Single Lined Oblong Cancel with IloIlo and scroll in the centre
Applied in Black and Purple

Used from late 1850s to 1898

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TYPE 9B

BAIS (NEGROS ORIENTAL) BOXED TOWN CANCEL

21mm x 13mm Boxed Cancel, Correos on Top, Bais on Bottom with emblem on either side
'A' of BAIS is slightly smaller than other letters
Applied in Black and Purple

Used in the 1890s (#144, 145, 147)

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TYPE 9C

BANGUED (ABRA) STRIGHT LINED CANCEL

'CORREOS' 17mm wide and 'BANGUED' 18mm wide
Date in variable length with month spelt in full
Applied in Blue

Used in the early 1880s (#79, 86)

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TYPE 9D

CAPIZ NEGATIVE TOWN CANCEL

Rectangular Cancel (with rounded edges) and scroll line above and below 'CAPIZ'
Round circle above 'I' in 'CAPIZ'
28mm wide by 14mm tall
Applied in Black

Used from late 1850s to 1880s

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TYPE 9E

CEBU OVAL TOWN CANCEL

Double Ring oval cancel, 17mm Square Dotted Cancel, 9 horizontally by 8 vertically
Regularly applied sideways, appearing as a diamond shape on the stamp
Applied in Black and Blue

Used during the 1880s (#43, 45, 46, 58, 77, 78, 88, 91)

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TYPES 9FA & 9FB

ILOILO OBLONG TOWN CANCEL

    

Two Types:
Type 9FA : Double Outer Lined Oblong Cancel with Iloilo and scroll in centre
Type 9FB : Single Lined Oblong Cancel with IloIlo and scroll in centre
Applied in Black or Purple

Used from late 1850s to 1898

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TYPE 9G

MASBATE RECTANGULAR BOXED TOWN CANCEL

Double-Lined Rectangular Cancel, outer rectangle 30mm x 28mm, inner rectangle 10mm x 8mm
'CORREOS' on top, 'MASBATE' below
Applied in Black

Used from 1883 to mid 80s (#79)

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TYPE 9H

NEGROS OBLONG TOWN CANCEL

Single Lined Oblong Cancel with IloIlo and scroll in the centre
Applied in Black and Purple

Used from late 1850s to 1898

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TYPE 9I

ROMBLON OBLONG TOWN CANCEL

Single Lined Oblong Cancel with Romblon in centre
'M' with Serifs, 'L' with serif on bottom stroke, all other letters sans-serif; 'N' mirror imaged
Applied in Black

Used from late 1880s to mid-1890s (#98, 145, 149, 166, 170, 173)

TYPE 10

RHOMBOID CANCEL

   

15mm - 17mm by 17mm - 19mm Rhomboid Line Cancellation, consisting of 16 parallel lines
Believed to have been applied at regional post offices
Exists on issues from 1864 to late 1890s, but most common on stamps issued between 1875 and 1879
Applied in Black (common), Blue, Green or Violet

Used from 1864 to late 1890s

TYPE 11

DOTTED STAR CANCEL

    

29mm diameter Five Pointed Star with dots in the centre
Believed to have been used at regional offices and primarily for interior mail
Exists on issues from the 1880s through 1898
In the 1880s, commonly applied in black, but known infrequently in purple, blue-green and blue
In the 1890s, commonly applied in purple, blue-green and blue, but known infrequently in black

Used from 1880s to 1898 (#52)

TYPE 12

OCTAGONAL DOTTED CANCEL

    

24mm wide Octagonal cancel formed of small square dots
Applied in Black

Used from mid 1870s to late 1880s

TYPE 13

SQUARE DOTTED CANCEL

17mm Square Dotted Cancel, 9 horizontally by 8 vertically
Regularly applied sideways, appearing as a diamond shape on the stamp
Applied in Black and Blue

Used during the 1880s (#43, 45, 46, 58, 77, 78, 88, 91)

TYPE 14

STRIGHT LINE CANCELS

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TYPE 14A

BOXED CORREOS CANCEL

Double Outer Lined Rectangular Cancel
'CORREOS' in Centre

Used from mid-1870s to 1898 (also known on Aguinaldo issues)

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TYPE 14B

INTENDENCIA CANCEL

Single Lined Rectangular Cancel with Rounded Edges
'INTENDENCIA' (Administrative or Military Body) in centre
Possible Fiscal cancel, appears on various postal issues

Used from 1860s to 1880s

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TYPE 14C

PAGADO CANCEL

Single Lined Rectangular Cancel with large Rounded Corners
'PAGADO' (Paid) in centre

Used during the 1880s

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TYPE 14D

RECLAMADO CANCEL

Single Lined Rectangular Cancel
'RECLAMADO' (Reclaimed) in centre
Possibly applied on stamps returned to the main Post Office for refund or replacement,
Perhaps when new stamps were introduced due to a new Reign coming into effect

Used during the 1880s

Other Cancels …

'Batangas' CDS (day and month only – similar to Type 5B
'BUZON PARA MANILA' Oblong Cancel
Rectangular Boxed 'Correos / Dumaguete' Cancel with fancy ornament in centre

‘INUTILIZADO’ [unusable] rectangular cancel with round edges ??

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