1867 University of Virginia Negative UV Killer

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1867 University of Virginia Negative UV Killer

After the American Civil War, US postal operations in Virginia slowly returned to pre-war standards during Reconstruction. During this period, we see a huge increase in fancy killers used to cancel the stamps. Pictured is a May 30, 1867 example of the negative UV used from the University of Virginia during Reconstruction. In United States Cancellations 1845- 1869 by Skinner and Eno (1980), there are 6 listings for variations of this negative canceller. Through the Virginia Postal History Society new variations have been identified. Many towns from Virginia during this period had fancy killers including Richmond, Norfolk, Alexandria, Charlottesville, and Petersburg. Keep an eye out for an article on these elusive fancies from the University of Virginia in an upcoming article for Way Markings.

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