Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, December 9, 1898. The industrial Age brought about change in the postal system in North Carolina. Machine Cancels were introduced in the early 1890s in the United States. This Barry Machine Cancel is the earliest recorded in North Carolina. The cancel was used until November 1899. The machine received its patent in June 1897. In the Pioneer Era 1898-1925, a total of 221 different machine cancels are recorded for North Carolina.
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