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    Contention, Arizona: Rare Manuscript Postal Cancellation. One of two known manuscript postal cancellations to exist. This one of Contention, Arizona Territory, 5" x 3", is dated December 5, 1883. Contention was a Cochise County mining town established 1879 and located on the San Pedro River about ten miles Northwest of Tombstone. The town was named after the successful Contention Mine. Despite being the first town in the area to have a railroad depot, the town's population never exceeded more than 200 residents and lasted no more than a decade. Contention was a ghost town by the 1890s. Its first postmaster was John McDermott. Sam Howell was postmaster at the time of this cancellation. The cancellation is in excellent condition.


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