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Fred Sellars05/05/2021 19:53:30
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As with the previous Wilding issues, these paper variations have been ignored by the majority of catalogues and it means that collectors have not been made aware of their existence, as the difference in the type of paper that a stamp has been printed on can make a vast difference in its scarcity and value as a collectible.

An extreme example of a paper variation being that of the Canadian 2c Large Queen discovered cancelled in 1870 as depicted by Mr Christopher McFetridge of Brixton Chrome (a Canadian dealer) taken from his article 'a study of a stamps paper'.



To view the article in it's entirety you will need to go to the following site >>>>>>>


Fred Sellars09/05/2021 10:16:40
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Having looked at the guide relating to various paper variations, I must now come back to the multiple crown Wildings and the contaminated papers.



Fred Sellars10/05/2021 09:33:45
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It can be seen from the various examples of stamps shown to be printed on contaminated paper that they should be classified as being abnormal under the circumstances as against other types of paper produced around that time, and they are definitely a first in the history of British stamp papers when it comes to contamination.

Fred Sellars12/05/2021 16:58:22
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As to why the firm of Stanley Gibbons have ignored the contaminated papers used to print these British Wilding stamps and treated them as "a never was" is a complete mystery, especially when the contamination has been known of for many years by the experts at the Royal Philatelic Society in London.


One can hardly miss such an abnormality !

So why have they been hidden/withheld by SG from being listed for all these years ?


Fred Sellars17/05/2021 08:22:41
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The same also applies to the oxidized translucent cream and fluorescent papers whereby since 1962 only whiter papers have been listed with regards to the lower value definitives.



How can they classify all of the three different papers as being the same (whiter) ?


Fred Sellars20/05/2021 09:55:01
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By the time the Paris Postal Conference stamps had been printed in 1963 I would have thought that the stocks of cream paper had been made obsolete, but on inspection, I have discovered on the visage of things that this is not the case as can be seen on the following pics recently taken..............



I am sure that you can see the difference between the two types of paper that they were printed on cream & whiter.

Only one variety of paper is listed in the specialised catalogue ! Fred.

Edited By Fred Sellars on 20/05/2021 09:57:03

Fred Sellars23/05/2021 07:30:24
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Basically what I am trying to say is that if a major difference can be observed regarding the condition of a stamp, whether it be it's colour, perforation,watermark (if any),printer, paper, gum, cancellation, phosphor bands,coating, overprint or any other identifiable anomaly then it should be made known in the relevant catalogue as a variety and should NEVER be ignored as has happened with these multiple crown Wilding stamp papers.


Fred Sellars29/05/2021 10:53:39
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On further investigation with reference to the contaminated papers, I have come across a small article in an advert for Transcript Papers relating to " invisible fluorescent fibres " used as a security feature for document paper, they appear to be similar to the ones found in the contaminated stamp papers. (6th item on the list)

Could it be that this type of paper inadvertently got into the supply chain for the production of stamps ?


Fred Sellars09/06/2021 07:39:32
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Here is a selection of sites that you might find useful and interesting relating to some of the topics I've posted on this forum over the last couple of years, just in case you may have missed them in the past with more to follow.

The study of fluorescence in stamp papers
BY Chris Mcfetridge (Brixton Chrome).
Portals and Wiggins Teape
A history in paper making by the Grace's Guide
Wiggins,_Teape_and_Co:_1934_Review >**LINK**
Postage Stamp Paper – Ivybridge Heritage
Watch Stowford Paper Mill online - BFI Player
Do comedians come from the Scilly isles ?
Have a nice day everyone. Fred
Fred Sellars09/06/2021 07:46:24
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Here's a couple more as promised.

Optical brightening agents and fluorescence in fabrics and paper


wiki/Optical_brightener >**LINK**

GBPS Discussion Boards • View topic - The multiple crown Wilding stamp papers 2.

Meet my avatar "Wilding Mad"


viewtopic.php?f=32&t=1685 >**LINK**

Hoping that they are of use to you, enjoy Fred.

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