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|Thread: Stamp collecting blues|
Your post kind of reminds me of what happened when I was in High School in the early sixties.
Stamp collectors were looked upon even then as being kind of weird.
Even so I joined the schools' stamp club in Grade 9 and we exhibited some of our favourite
stamps in the auditorium which actually as I recall had quite a good turn out.
I remember that I showed some of my late forties Austrian engraved stamps.
The guy who ran the club was the Modern studies teacher and I still vividly remember his comment on seeing my stamp collection: the album is worth more than the stamps!!
Any teacher here who would make such a stupid comment nowadays would be in big trouble.
It's all about self esteem now. LOL
|Thread: Which stamp designer / stamp design do you most admire?|
What happened here?
Why were all the posts from cNA
who started this thread , removed?/deleted?
It's the same on the engravers thread where all
cNA's posts are gone.
|Thread: Which engravers / engraved stamps do you most admire?|
Where are the posts from cNA (canadian North American) ?
Seems they have all be deleted.
Is you scanner part of an All In One ?
If so no amount of fiddling with settings will get you the results
of a stand alone scanner IMO.
I have a 6 year old Epson Perfection 4490 Photo scanner which was already
an outdated model even then.
I just set it at professional mode, resolution usually at 1200dpi and that's it.
No farting around with settings etc etc, except sometimes I use the Picasa straightening tool
if the stamp is really crooked in the frame.
Which explanatory leaflet ?
One more thing I forgot to ask. Would you be able to find out from your
Spanish connections as to which recess printing presses were/ are employed.
All Spanish multicolour engraved stamps feature colour bleeding ( improper colour/ink separation)
which is of course an indication of Giori type of printing process but not necessarily a Giori press.
Help: I find it impossible to space sentences and paragraphs properly on this forum.
It looks good before I post it and then.......
What am I doing wrong ?
Edited By lithograving lithograving on 26/11/2015 03:27:07
You are amazing in finding all this information.
I recall from the SCF forum Engravers thread that there was hardly
anything when it came to Spanish engravers.
I subscribed to the Spanish Philatelic Bureau in the early sixties for
a few years mainly because of the engraved stamps.
Most were bi-coloured but appeared almost multicolour which appealed
to me since most engraved stamps then were still monocolour.
The Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre appears to have had a large group
of engravers 50 years ago going by the fact that 6 different engravers worked on
the Rosary set.
BTW do you have the engravers of the four airmail Rosaries, Scott C171 - C174, Michel 1366 - 1368
|Thread: Which stamp designer / stamp design do you most admire?|
In the September 2015 Canada Post DETAILS magazine there is mention
of images by Rolf Harder being used for the 2016 Christmas stamps.
Nice to see that he hasn't been forgotten.
Thanks for posting David Gentleman's article.
It is fascinating reading what goes into the designing of stamps.
Also the problems designers had in the sixties regarding what
to do with the Queen's head on stamps.
I remember reading about it then but had forgotten.
Here is a link to Canada Post Archives for a short bio of Emanuel Otto Hahn , 1881-1957
Another well known Canadian designer was Emanuel Otto Hahn who not only designed postage stamps
but also Canadian coinage.
His 10c Bluenose and the 25c Caribou design from the the 1930's are still
on the 2015 coins. He is also responsible for the $1 voyageur design.
During the 1950's to early sixties Canada Post allowed the designer's initial
to be included somewhere in the design.
At least they were given some recognition which was not granted to the engravers of the stamps.
I always wondered why the Anglo countries such as UK, USA, Canada, Australia & New Zealand
did not give credit on the stamp for the designer and engraver.
Here are a couple which were designed by Otto Hahn.
More if you're interested on another forum
A side note if I may.
Frederick Hagan passed away in Newmarket, Ontario which is the town
I have lived in for the past 20 years.
Also when I look at the Missions In The Wilderness stamp my mind wanders to the
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons village , The Martyrs’ Shrine and
Jesuit Jean de Brébeuf who with four others was tortured and killed
by the Iroquois in 1649.
The location is near the town of Midland which is about
an hours drive from where I live and I have visited numerous times
including twice this summer with relatives from the USA and from Europe.
Another Canadian stamp designer that stands out is Frederick Hagan .
His 16 stamp four part Exploration Of Canada series issued between
1986 - 1989 is way above the average boring Canadian stamp design IMO.
Here is the second block issued in 1987 called Investigators.
cNA, Thanks for that fascinating story behind the printing of the Suzor-Côté stamp.
It was a brutally bad printing job no doubt about it.
I have to question though when you state:
I don't think that 6.3 million was a small printing when you consider the 50c stamp was a high
As for the 250,000,000 runs of commemoratives , I think you have one too many zeros.
During the late sixties to mid seventies quantities issued of Canadian commemorative stamps
When the 5c and 6c Inuit Soapstone Carving Xmas stamps were issued
Better actually than the 1968 George Brown stamp printed British American Bank Note Co
Neither printer would ever be a Harrison or a Courvoisier when it came to photogravure.
Will you be presenting anything about David Gentleman?
Back in the early sixties I first read about him in one of those glossy
English stamp magazines which were sold in some bookstores.
(Probably one of them was STAMP MAGAZINE )
Can't remember which bookstore but it wasn't Coles.
I was so taken with his designs and British stamps in general
that I could hardly wait for new issues to come out .
Stamps such as the 1963 Nature Week and Gentleman's
Int Life Boat Conference and the 1964 Shakespeare Anniversary
were way ahead of other countries' issues.
Partly also due to the superb printing by Harrison & Sons
who were the very best when it came to multicolour
Another designer I first heard about in the early sixties a was Michael Goaman.
Tell me cNA how many engravers and designers have you contacted over the years?
How long have you been at it?
I think what you're doing is very important in preserving valuable information
for future generations of stamp collectors which otherwise would be forever lost.
I just wish more collectors now would be interested in designers, engravers, printers and
all the various stages of stamp production.
I think you're mixing up Pilch with Toth here.
Actually the engraver for the Bruegel stamp was Werner Pfeiler.
Yes Pilch based the design on this detail from the painting.
Same with the Beethoven stamp which is obvious.
Edited By lithograving lithograving on 28/08/2015 05:57:03
One designer of Canadian stamps is Rolf P. Harder who designed the series of
Forts across Canada and various Parliament Building definitives.
Here is a link to his bio on the Postal Archive site
I like these simple linear drawings which look like old lithographs.
They were issued in booklets of 10
A couple of individual stamps from the booklet.
Getting back to the topic here about ones favourite stamp designer I really have not
I was always fixed more on engravers than designers.
Since my main collecting interest is in Canadian and Austrian stamps I suppose
Obviously Adalbert Pilch (*16 February 1917 in Vienna, Austria – + 10 December 2004 in Tulln)should be considered but many of his stamp designs were just portraits with some sort of frame or a bit of background based on photos or paintings.
Other Pilch designs were of landscapes or paintings , not much actual designing
This stamp designed by Pilch was based on the 1823 painting by Ferdinand Waldmüller.
This one below is a detail taken from
Here is one of his landscape stamps.
It's a nice stamp but the design is very ordinary.
Yet he is considered by many as one of the premier stamp designers.
Edited By lithograving lithograving on 28/08/2015 01:02:59
Looking forward to seeing that info.
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