Online Resources and Exhibits

Squared Circle Postmarks of Canada
June 2021 update to the 6th edition

Prepared by the BNAPS Squared Circle Study Group
Edited by Rick Friesen


The Squared Circle postmarks of Canada were used by over 300 post offices from 1893 to ~1900, and later in some cases. These postmarks seem to have everything to please the postal historian and postmark collector – wide geographical distribution, a spread over several popular stamp issues, varying periods of use, coloured cancels, and hammers of varying rarity.

The June 2021 update replaces all the sections of the 6th edition of the Handbook published in 2020. The 6th edition builds upon the 5th edition, which was published in 2001. The Handbook is organized according to hammer type and province as indicated in the Table of Contents below, and can be accessed as a series of PDF files. The files vary in size up to maximum of 10 MB.

If you find errors or have information that you believe should be added to future versions of the Handbook, we would very much appreciate hearing from you. I can be reached at: rickfriesen5@gmail.com.

Table of Contents

Cover of the book Squared Circle Postmarks of Canada 6th edition
 Copyright Notice
 Table of Contents
 Preface
1.Introduction
2.Explanation of Listings that Follow
3.Type 1 Squared Circles
4.Type 2 Squared Circles
4.1Nova Scotia
4.2New Brunswick
4.3Prince Edward Island
4.4Quebec
4.5Ontario
4.6Manitoba
4.7Assiniboia
4.8Saskatchewan
4.9Alberta
4.10British Columbia
4.11Railway Post Offices (RPOs)
5.Other Squared Circles
5.1Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands
5.2Ottawa Precursor of 1880
5.3High Street, Toronto Fake
6.Appendices
6.1Abbreviations Used in Listings
6.2Population Report, Rarity Factors (RF)
6.3Varieties

Download PDF files

Click on the illustration to download the file

Cover of the book Squared Circle Postmarks of Canada 6th edition
16 pp, 2.4 MB

Copyright, TOC, Preface
1. Introduction
2. Explanation

Squared Circle cancel Type 1 Aldergrove
52 pp, 5.3 MB

3. Type 1 Squared Circles
 
 

Squared Circle cancel Type 2 Annapolis, Nova Scotia
48 pp, 4.9 MB

Type 2 Squared Circles
4.1 Nova Scotia
 

Squared Circle cancel Type 2 Baie Verte, New Brunswick
29 pp, 2.8 MB

Type 2 Squared Circles
4.2 New Brunswick
 


Squared Circle cancel Type 2 Charlottetown, PEI
7 pp, 0.8 MB

Type 2 Squared Circles
4.3 PEI
 

Squared Circle cancel Type 2 Acton Vale, Quebec
64 pp, 6.5 MB

Type 2 Squared Circles
4.4 Quebec
 

Squared Circle cancel Type 2 Acton, Ontario
96 pp, 7.3 MB

Type 2 Squared Circles
4.5 Ontario
Acton - Guelph

Squared Circle cancel Type 2 Hagersville, Ontario
98 pp, 9.3 MB

Type 2 Squared Circles
4.5 Ontario
Hagersville - Picton


Squared Circle cancel Type 2 Pontypool, Ontario
115 pp, 9.4 MB

Type 2 Squared Circles
4.5 Ontario
Pontypool - Wooler

Squared Circle cancel Type 2 Birtle, Manitoba
44 pp, 4.6 MB

Type 2 Squared Circles
4.6 Manitoba
 

Squared Circle cancel Type 2 Estevan, Assiniboia
20 pp, 2.7 MB

Type 2 Squared Circles
4.7 Assiniboia
4.8 Saskatchewan

Squared Circle cancel Type 2 Calgary, Alberta
11 pp, 1.2 MB

Type 2 Squared Circles
4.9 Alberta
 


Squared Circle cancel Type 2 Ashcroft Station, British Columbia
34 pp, 4.6 MB

Type 2 Squared Circles
4.10 British Columbia
 

Squared Circle cancel Type 2 Quebec & Campbellton RPO
21 pp, 2.2 MB

Type 2 Squared Circles
4.11 RPOs
 

Squared Circle cancel Honolulu, Hawaii
4 pp, 0.7 MB

5. Other Squared Circles
 
 

Blank Squared Circle cancel
22 pp, 0.8 MB

6. Appendices
 
 


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