1946 – Douglas & Wolfe


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This Douglas & Wolfe mark throws a spanner into my scenario, on which I expounded just yesterday, for the transition in R. G. Wolfe’s career in 1945. Here’s a perfectly standard mark dated 1946. It seems to mean that there were two copies of the stamp. But it might also mean that instead of removing “Douglas” from the stamp itself, Wolfe simply wiped out Douglas’s name from the wet concrete each time he did a job, and for some reason he didn’t do that here. (See my other 1946 Wolfe mark.) Never assume intelligence when you can explain the same thing through the effort to avoid expending energy.

I can say confidently that Wolfe had a new stamp in use by 1947.

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