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Fred Sellars27/12/2020 10:22:45
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Mr Cordell has been pictured in the past after purchasing the rare Edward VII 6d I.R. Official and also had a hand in procuring the penny red plate 77 on behalf of Stanley Gibbons, you may also have a signed copy by Vince of the 150th anniversary of Stanley Gibbons issued on the 21st August 2006 on a Benham cover.

Let's hope that he can resolve the Wilding multiple crown papers Saga involving the contaminated, oxidised and fluorescent varieties to be found in his new appointment. Fred.

Fred Sellars04/01/2021 10:26:51
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It would seem that from the mid 90s fluorescent papers, possibly due do a change in technology and their fugitive nature was no longer employed in the production of British stamps, and have since reverted to a much darker type (possibly oxidised) type of paper since then as can be seen on definitives and commemorative of modern day issues.

Here is a comparison >


The more recent stamps remind me of the fluorescent free papers produced prior to 1962 and therefore free of the contaminating problems encountered during the multiple crown Wilding period.


Fred Sellars05/01/2021 09:33:04
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In order for Mr Vincent Cordell (no doubt in liaison with the experts at RPSL), I have sent him various copies of postings, made on the subject of multiple crown Wilding papers, so that he can assess my findings prior to taking on his new position as catalogue editor from Mr Hugh Jefferies MBE sometime in the new year (as yet to be disclosed).


Fred Sellars14/01/2021 10:15:35
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This catalogue was awarded "GOLD" in the philatelic literature section at the Stockholmia exhibition in 2019, edited by Mr. Hugh Jefferies MBE with introductory notes made by Frank Walton RDP and Douglas Muir RDP and for the first time the illustrations were in colour.

It will be about 2-3 years hence as to when a revised part 3 will be published and edited with Mr. Vincent Cordell at the helm.

I look forward to seeing any modifications/amendments that may have been made when it is next published !


Fred Sellars14/01/2021 10:48:29
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Who knows ? Some of MY findings may emerge ! Fred.

Fred Sellars18/01/2021 13:14:59
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And one should not forget the variations of papers found with some of the earlier decimal Machins as can be seen in the attachment below.


With similar attributes as to some of the multiple crown Wilding issues. Fred.

Fred Sellars27/01/2021 09:46:25
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The new type of oxidised paper (similar to the pre-1962 cream papers) was first seen on the high value "Castles" with gold head, introduced on the 24th of March 1992, followed by commemorative/pictorial "Orchids" set on the 16th of March 1993 :-



With eventually the lower value definitives on the 26th of October 1993.

On inspection, under long wave ultraviolet light, it can be seen that due to the removal of any fluorescence (including contaminants) whilst the paper was still in the pulp stage and without the addition of optical brightening agents a greater uniformity of paper could be accomplished. Fred.

Fred Sellars28/01/2021 22:20:42
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Here is yet another regional (the 9d Wales) that appears to be printed on 2 types of paper, whilst the SG specialised states only one.

Which can be seen in the following snapshots .......








Edited By Fred Sellars on 28/01/2021 22:21:49

Fred Sellars30/01/2021 14:52:26
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I have found several variations of paper that do not conform to some of the SG specialised listings.

Here is another regional as a further example : Being that of the 6d Northern Ireland with relevant captions, that appears to have been printed on three distinct papers.........


The specialised only states 2 (cream and whiter). Fred.

Fred Sellars01/02/2021 11:38:57
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If you are still not convinced that cream (post 1962) and fluorescent papers exist, then here is another example relating to the 4d plain stamps issued for Scotland appertaining to 2 unlisted papers with relevant captions.......


Even with the additional use of optical brightening agents in order to mask the contaminants, you can still observe the fluorescent fibres they tried to hide. Fred.

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