Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Inkjet Cancellations


December 21, 1992
 Test Mail, Mississauga "Gateway" West Letter Processing Plant


 June 27, 2013
Toronto South Central M4L  1A5  

 Inkjet spray-on printers were introduced by Canada Post in 1992 to cancel mail processed by Optical Character Readers (OCRs) and more advanced Multiline Optical Character Reader machines (MLOCRs). MLORCs have been installed at centralized mechanized mail processing facilities nation-wide.

Canada Post Mechanized Processing Plant locations (2013)

 MLOCRs are machines that recognize handwritten or printed addresses, print appropriate barcodes onto envelopes, and then use the information in the barcodes to sort mail into stacks. The Winnipeg Plant which opened on  June 4, 2010 has six MLOCRs, each capable of sorting  40,000 letters per hour.

 
Winnipeg MLOCR


Each MLORC machine in operation has been assigned a specific number which has been usually included in the ink-jet cancellation.


An Introduction to Ink-Jet Printing

Industrial ink-jet printing, introduced in the 1970s, is commonly used for marking and coding consumer goods.



 Inkjet printing creates an image  by propelling droplets of ink onto a surface. In commercial jet-printers, a high-pressure pump directs liquid ink from a reservoir through a gunbody and a microscopic nozzle, creating a continuous stream of ink droplets.
 
In the early 1990s, Canada Post installed Videojet Excel Series 270 Coder Printers similar to the model shown below at several processing plants.
 


 
 Videojet Excel 270 control unit


The printer consisted of the control unit and two print heads each connected to the control unit by umbilical cord containing the wiring and fluid lines.

  Print head

The print heads operated at about 3/16 inch from the printing surface. The print process used a stream of minute electronically charged ink droplets that were electrostatically deflected onto the surface of the envelopes in dot matrix characters. Several font sizes were available selectable from the keyboard.


 Videojet keyboard

In addition to the Videojet printers, Canada Post has installed jet-printers from other manufacturers on its MLOCRs

Ink-jet Cancellations : Basic Elements

The two-line cancel was a common format in the 1990s. The cancellation shown below was sprayed-on at the Vancouver processing plant.


The following information was included in the cancellation:



Canadian Ink-Jet Cancels 1992-2013

In this section only basic varieties of ink-jet cancellations are shown. Readers wishing a more detailed study may be interested in acquiring the British North American Philatelic Society publication, Canadian Inkjet (Jet Spray) Cancels 1992- 2005 (3rd Edition), 2006 by Joel Weiner which lists over 2,300 varieties of cancels.

1.Single-Line Jet-Spray Cancels : 1992 - 1995

The first jet spray cancels consisted of a single line . The examples shown below were applied from 1992 to 1995.

L4W 1T0
Mississauga "Gateway"  

Test Mail

Several styles of markings were applied on 1992-93 OCR test mail at the Mississauga Gateway plant.
 



Machine 69, December 21, 1992

Machine 69, January 25, 1993


 Machine 69, March 10, 1993

Machine 69, April 27, 1993


Machine 70, April 14, 1993


 Live Mail

Machine No. 70

Manitouwadge to Georgetown, August 19, 1994
Processed at Mississauga Gateway August 24, 1994




Machine No. 70

December 20, 1995



M4L 3T0
Toronto South Central Letter Processing Plant (Eastern Avenue) M4L  3T0

Machine No. 053

The Toronto South Central MLOCR 53 machine cancel had numbers added after the obliterator. indicating the head used to print the cancel. Numbers 1,2,3 and 4 were used.

October 26, 1994

"4" printed after obliterator portion of the cancel


R3C  0K0
Winnipeg  

Machine No. 076

H3C  1S0
Montreal   

Machine No. 100

January 18, 1994


H4T  1A0
Montreal  


Machine No. 112

December 30, 1993


L8E  2R0
Hamilton (Stoney Creek)  

Machine No. 095



January 22, 1994



2.  Multi-lined Jet-Spray Cancels With Slogans : 1994 - 2013

The cancels in this section have been organized chronologically by slogan and not by machine number.

 
1994

POSTAL CODE/CODE POSTAL

 
 Vancouver
Machine No. 082
November 2, 1994

"VIOLENCE...LET'S ALL SAY NO!"
"VOIR LA VIOLENCE...ET LA CONTROLER"


 Montreal
Machine No. 102
November 20, 1994


1995

POSTAL CODE/CODE POSTAL


 Mississauga
Machine No. 69
September 1, 1995

SUPERMAN (TM/MC)

 Hamilton (Stoney Creek)
Machine No. 95
November 3, 1995


SUPERMAN [TM/MC]

 

 Calgary
Machine No. 087
September 221, 1995

CPC CUSTOMER SERVICE  1-800-267-2177
SCP RENSEIGNEMENTS  1-800 - 267- 1155

Winnipeg
Machine No. 077
November 30, 1995


HAPPY HOLIDAY  BONS VEUX


Ottawa
Machine No. 97
December 11, 1995

1996

TIMBRES DU CANADA STAMPS


Hamilton (Stoney Creek)
Machine No. 095
October 19, 1996


LITERACY / ALPHABETISATION


Toronto
Machine No. 053
September 20, 1996


LUNG ASSOC. PULMONAIRE

Victoria
Machine No. 118
November 6, 1996


CNIB VISION/ INCA VISION


Mississauga
Machine No. 069
August 28, 1996


CAPEX 96  JUNE 8-16 JUIN

 Mississauga
Machine No. 069
May 16, 1996



UNITED WAY / CENTRAIDE

Toronto
Machine No. 095
September 26, 1996


POSTE/MAIL  RENSEIGNEMENTS  1-800-267-1155
MAIL/POSTE  CUSTOMER SERVICE  1-800-267-1177


Winnipeg
Machine No. 77A
July 17, 1996


YOUTH WK / SEM JEUNESSE  96

Mississauga
Machine 069
May 1, 1996


1997

POSTAL CODE/ CODE POSTAL


Ottawa
Machine No. 097
March 19,1997


BEST WISHES/JOIE ET PAIX


London
Machine No. 078
December 30, 1997


1998

POSTAL CODE/ CODE POSTAL


 Mississauga
Machine No. 067
April 3, 1998


1999

POSTAL CODE/ CODE POSTAL

Edmonton
Machine No. 090
July 20, 1999


POSTAL  CODE  POSTALE

Saskatoon
Machine No. 22
June 17, 1999


Vancouver (V6R 1V6)
Machine 619
March 23, 1999

Large envelope : 24 cm x 16.5 cm

Hire a student 
Embauchez des etudiants



Ottawa 
Machine 097
May 18, 1999


Walks are dicey when icy
Entrees glacees = danger



Vancouver
Machine No. 81
January 8, 1999


2000

www.canadaPost.ca
www.Postescanada.ca


 Victoria
Machine No. 118
March 29, 2000

Int'l Children's Games
Jeux des enfants- Hamilton


Stoney Creek
Machine No, 95
June 20, 2000


2001

POSTAL CODE POSTAL



Saskatoon
Machine No. 22
March 15, 2001


www.canadaPost.ca
www.Postescanada.ca


 Halifax
Machine No. 122
July 4, 2001


CENSUS *2001* RECENSEMENT
RECENSEMENT *2001* CENSUS



Victoria
Machine No. 118
May 3, 2001

2002

 www. ePost . ca/www. ePoste. ca


 Quebec
Machine No. 115
July 3, 2002


www.canadaPost.ca
www.Postescanada.ca


 Calgary
Machine No. 087

WWW.CANADAPOST.CA
WWW.POSTESCANADA.CA 


Vancouver
Machine No. 84
April 5, 2002



De Partout jusqu'a vous
From anywhere to anyone


Quebec
Machine No. 056
September 12, 2002


150ieme WALKERTON 150th

London
Machine No. 095
June 1, 2002


2003

POSTAL  CODE  POSTAL


Saskatoon
Machine No. 054
December 5, 2003

De Partout jusqu'a vous
From anywhere to anyone


Montrreal
Machine No. 101
March 11, 2003


www.canadaPost.ca
www.Postescanada.ca


Halifax
Machine No. 122
October 3, 2003


WWW.CANADAPOST.CA
WWW.POSTESCANADA.CA
 
 
Calgary
Machine No. 089
September 11, 2003


www. ePost . ca/www. ePostel. ca

Halifax
Machine No. 121
November 1, 2003

2004

www.canadapost.ca
www.postescanada.ca

Vancouver
Machine No. 080
November 11, 2004

2005

www.Postel.ca/www.epost.ca

Montreal
Machine No. 102
October 27, 2005


Santa HOHOHO Pere Noel

Mississauga
Machine No. and Date unclear

2006

www.ePost.ca/Postel.ca
Santa HOHOHO Pere Noel


London
Machine No. 078
December 19, 2006

www.Postescanada.ca
www.canadaPost.ca

 
Montreal
Machine No. 112
September 14, 2006


CENSUS * 2006* RECENCEMENT
canadapost.ca/postescanada.ca



Mississauga
Machine No. : indistinct
May 9, 2002


2007

www.canadaPost.ca
www.Postescanada.ca

Regina
Machine 120
August 15, 2007

www.Postescanada.ca

Test Printing

Mailed from Rawdon, Quebec
Test Date : October 16, 2007


London
Machine No. 078
Test Date : February 16, 2007


www.canadapost.ca
www.postescanada.ca

Edmonton
Machine No. 126
January 29, 2007


VIMY - Honour the Legacy
Hommage au Patrimoine


Winnipeg
Machine No.075A
April 19, 207


2008

www.Postescanada.ca
From anywhere to anyone

 
Montreal
Machine No. 101
September 11, 2008

From anywhere to anyone
De Partout jusqu'a vous


Ottawa
Machine No. 98
November 4, 2008


www.Postel.ca/www.ePost.ca


Montreal
Machine No. 101
February 23, 2008

www.canadapost.ca
www.postescanada.ca

Mississauga
Machine No. 057
August 19, 2008


2009

www.epost.ca/postel.ca

Saskatoon
Machine no. 054
June 8, 2009

www.ePost.ca/Postel.ca

Halifax
Machine No. 121
August 18, 2009

From anywhere to anyone
De Partout jusqu'a vous 


Ottawa
Machine No. 075
June 16, 2009


www.canadaPost.ca
www.Postescanada.ca

Halifax
Machine No. 121
June 9, 2009


www.Postescanada.ca
www.canadaPost.ca


Montreal
Machine No. 105
June 9, 2009

La fraude - Prevenez -la!
Fraud - Prevent it!

 
Montreal
Machine No. 115
April 8, 2009


Lest We Forget
N'oublions Pas

Halifax
Machine No. 121
November 4, 2009

2010

Jeux Paralympiques
Paralympic Games

 Montreal
March 16, 2010
(Not in author's collection)


Support Mental Health
Appuyez la Sante Mentale


Toronto South 
October 21, 2010


Hamilton (Stoney Creek)
October 13, 2010

2011

 www.ePost.ca/www.Postel.ca

 London
Machine No. 78
September 19, 2011


2012

www.canadapost.ca  [YYMMDD  HH:MM]
www.postescanada.ca  [MPP POSTAL CODE]

The MLORC number was not included in the cancel.

Toronto South 
May 10, 2012


2013

Santa HOHOHO  Pere Noel

Hamilton  (Stoney Creek)
Machine No. 3774
January 3, 2013



Toronto South
Machine Number : 3807
 December 16, 2013



Toronto South
Machine Number : 3801
 December 13, 2013



Toronto South Central
Machine Number : 3818
 December 13, 2013


Hamilton  (Stoney Creek)
Machine No. 3772
December 16, 2013



 Ottawa
Machine Number : 3787
December 17, 2013


www.canadapost.ca  [YYMMDD    HH:MM]
www.postescanada.ca  [MLORC #    MPP POSTAL CODE]

Toronto South 
Machine No. 3820
April 4, 2013


London - N5Y  1B0
Machine Number : 3794
 July 24, 2013

Toronto South
Machine Number : 3809
 August 8, 2013




Toronto South
Machine Number : 3808
 August 15, 2013


Ottawa
Machine Number : 3786
October 30, 2013

Lest We Forget  YYMMDD  HH:MM
N'oublions pas [Machine Number]  [Postal Code]

Toronto
Machine Number : 3807
November 2, 2013

2014

www.canadapost.ca  [YYMMDD    HH:MM]
www.postescanada.ca  [MLORC #    MPP POSTAL CODE]

Toronto South
Machine No. 3804
March 14, 2014


3. Flats : No Postal Code

Single line spray-on cancellations  have been introduced to postmark large envelopes (flats). The postal code of the processing plant  is not included in the cancellation. These are not designed to obliterate stamps.


   
Machine : 6211

Mailed from Victoria, B.C.
Date : 121212 (December 12, 2012)
Time : 07:36
Machine No. 6211


Machine 6212

A flat from Northwestern Philatelic Auctions Inc., Penticton received a single line jet-spray cancel (3.7 cm.)



Date : 130719 (July 19, 2013)
Time : 5:19 (a.m.)
Machine Number : 6212
  
Machine 6282

Flat mailed from Kitchener July 24, 2013. No processing plant markings other than ink-jet below.

 
130724 (July 24, 2013)
21 : 51
Machine Number 6282

Machine 6203
Flat mailed from New Zealand, July 30, 2013. Canadian transit marking.
 Date :130802 (August 2, 2013)
Time : 00 : 59
Machine Number :  6203

Machine 6213
  
Flat mailed from Australia, November 20, 2013. Canadian transit marking.


 Date :131126 (November 26, 2013)
Time : 18 :18
Machine Number :  6213 

Machine 6053
  
Flat mailed from Quebec City to Brampton, December 28, 2013


Date :131228 (December 28, 2013)
Time : 08 : 14
Machine Number :  6053



Machine 6083
  
Flat mailed from Quebec City to Brampton, January 14, 2014


Date :140114  (January 14, 2014)
Time : 04 : 44
Machine Number :  6083


References

Postal History Society Of Canada Machine Study Group Journal Cancelled   (1998 - 2002)
Steinhart, Allan, "Spray-On Markings",  PHSC Journal, No. 75, September 1993, p.107
Steinhart, Allan, "Canadian Spray-On Markings",  PHSC Journal, No. 79, p. 163