cancels of December 1862.
a test that occurred in Lyon between February 20th and 25th 1862 a new
type of cancel stamp appeared in France, the large numerals cancel
(Gros Chiffres). Parrallaly a new alphabetic list of the french post
offices was made in July 1862.
First, the algerian post offices recieved this new type of cancel
stamp. The metropolitan post offices recieved it in the second half of
We suppose that the date of use had to be January 1, 1863. But some
post offices used it before, in December 1862.
The Administration also asked to exchange their small figures following
the new 1862 list, but this order was respected by only a few post
offices.These numeral cancels could be used in reinforcement or if the
large numerals would be damaged or lost. These cancellations are called
small numerals of the large numerals (in French "Petits Chiffres des
post offices used their large numerals cancel as soon as they recieved
ist. The earlier date of use ist December 19th, 1862.
In the Departement Nord, 24 post offices used their "Gros Chiffres"
since December 19th.
These post offices are: ANZIN, ARMENTIERES, BERGUES, BOUCHAIN, CAMBRAI,
LE CATEAU, COMINES, CRESPIN, DOUAI, DUNKERQUE, FOURMIES, HAUBOURDIN,
HAUMONT, LILLE, LILLE-WAZEMMES, MARCQ-EN-BAROEUL, MAUBEUGE,
MERVILLE, ORCHIES, RAISMES, ROUBAIX, SOLRE-LE-CHATEAU, TOURCOING and