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Fred Sellars14/06/2021 10:58:20
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The fact that stamps have been printed on various types of paper gives credence for the inclusion of them to be made in all specialised catalogues, especially papers concerning differences in whiteness and fluorescence that are to be found.

Much research has gone into the study of the whiteness and fluorescence in papers, this next site covers a multitude of articles relating to this particular subject.

You'll find that there are many to choose from.

scholar?q=whiteness+and+fluorescence+in+paper&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart >**LINK**

Best wishes, Fred.

cali luna15/06/2021 18:16:33
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thanks for sharing

Fred Sellars15/06/2021 19:10:25
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It's nice to be appreciated, thank you Cali.

Sharing valued information can be just as pleasurable as receiving it !


Fred Sellars17/06/2021 08:55:19
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After that little sight seeing tour } Here is a typical example that shows the difference between two types of paper, it concerns the printing of the 1/6d phosphor stamps, and can be seen that the stamps printed from cylinder 1 no dot are darker than those printed from cylinder 8 dot with the darker paper having a tendency to show the phosphor bands as being much brighter than the lighter paper stamps under long wave ultraviolet light.


Therefore it is incorrect to state that these two papers are the same, I'm sure that you can see the difference, but according to the SG GB specialised catalogue that is not the case as they are both classified as being identical.

Other papers that have been found to be used post 1962 with some of the Wilding stamp values have been seen to be very high in fluorescence when introduced to long wave ultraviolet light, but with others there is hardly any fluorescence at all, giving rise to the similarity found associated with the cream papers produced before the changeover in 1962, but they appear to be of a more translucent nature when examined from the reverse.


Fred Sellars19/06/2021 13:10:02
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Just over 10 years ago the then editor of this magazine Richard West wrote an article in Stamp Magazine that covered the complete range of the Wilding issues, dating from 1952 up to when they were replaced in 1967 by the Arnold Machin design, the theme covered 8 pages and gave an insight into the different varieties to be found between that 15 year period, starting with the Tudor crown watermark and finalising with the multiple crown phosphor issue, with some beautiful illustrations.

Just in case you may have missed the original publication here it is again, resurrected after lying dormant for the last 10 years.

Just enter into your search engine the following :- "snap dragon call of the Wildings" in order to download the PDF

The only flaw that I could find in the article is to be found in the paper changes section that gave a description over the condition of the river Erme after heavy rain, as this does not make the water clearer to create whiter paper but quite the contrary, as heavy rain creates more sediment and makes the water more coloured. Over the years I have done a lot of angling and I know what I say is a fact.

But anyone that's not familiar with the Wilding stamps issued in Britain over that period will certainly be educated because of this article.

Enjoy, Fred.

Edited By Fred Sellars on 19/06/2021 13:33:27

Edited By Fred Sellars on 19/06/2021 13:40:37

Fred Sellars21/06/2021 12:33:14
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If you haven't already downloaded the article, this is the section in question for quick reference.


The relevance of the difference has been underlined in red.

With regards, nothing detrimental or disrespect meant, Fred.

Edited By Fred Sellars on 21/06/2021 12:43:21

Fred Sellars22/06/2021 08:51:39
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A touch of the déjà vu

A touch of the déjà vu

Over the years different enthusiasts, usually of a professional nature have written on the same theme regarding the Wilding postage stamps issued between 1952 - 1967, each giving a different slant with regards to snippets of information relating to them, quite a good coverage has been made by Mr Christopher Mcfetridge, a Canadian dealer of St.John New Brunswick.

This is how he has described the issue of the Wilding postage stamps

blogs/worldwide-definitive-issues-after-1945/the-wilding-definitive-issue-of-great-britain-1952-to-1967 >**LINK**

Each author writing on a given subject give their own interpretation as to what they think are the more important aspects & features in composing their article.

It's interesting to see how two different authors deal with the same subject.


Fred Sellars23/06/2021 10:17:12
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In 1967 the Wilding stamps was starting to be replaced to make way for the new Arnold Machin portrait stamps, but one particular value that did not get replaced was the 1/3d value, from their original concept back in 1952 this was one of the values that had lasted the course and one of the few stamps that can be found having all four different types of phosphor bands (tagging) applied , green, blue, violet and broadband violet including the non phosphor variety (plain).

However, the regional 1/3d for Northern Ireland never had tagging applied and as far as quantities sold they were quite low, as the figure quoted in the SG specialised is only just over 14 million which over a 10 year period is nothing substantial, it is listed as having been printed on two types of paper, a cream paper from the 29th of September 1958 being replaced with a whiter paper on the 9th of November 1962 I agree completely that this was the case, but I have also discovered that a further paper was used to print the stamp which has not been listed being of a fluorescent nature once introduced to long wave ultraviolet light.

This next attachment corroborates my findings.


Just how many stamps were printed with the use of this fluorescent paper is unknown, even with the other two papers (cream and whiter) quantities printed do not seem to have been listed or known, consequently I believe that this is one stamp that's worth looking out for in order to complete a collection even though it is not listed, their availability must be quite low in relation to the other two papers already listed. Fred.

Fred Sellars24/06/2021 08:42:59
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Come here and take note you lot.

My recommendation for this 1/3d N.I. printed on fluorescent paper would be to purchase it ASAP whilst the price is still cheap, that's if you can still find it of course before other collectors and speculators get in on the act.

Remember the Northern Ireland 17p type II ? it doesn't pay to hesitate and it's nice to be in the know. Fred.

Fred Sellars25/06/2021 10:26:31
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The last of the watermarked Wildings was probably printed sometime around the end of 1967, and that was 54 years ago, and ever since then these variations of paper have been in the hands of collectors and philatelic dealers during that period of time, it's quite amazing really that these variations in paper such as oxidised creams, fluorescent and contaminated papers have never been brought to collectors attention in the past before via the various philatelic authorities and/or listed in the relevant specialised catalogues, or have they just been too complacent with giving priority to the Machin stamps that replaced them around that time, it's as if they wanted them to be kept a secret for one reason or another ?

I think specialised cats' need to sharpen
up their act somewhat in order to comply
with paper variations that actually exist.
Excluding the contaminated papers, you will find below the four basic types of paper used to print the multiple crown Wilding stamps, and can be classified as follows >

(A) The original cream paper, being more opaque, used to produce stamps prior to the changeover in 1962.

(B) A fluorescent paper with added optical brightening agents, having a more translucent embodiment.

(C) The more common whiter variety of paper also more translucent in nature than the original cream papers.

(D) An oxidised cream paper but of a more translucent nature than the original creams but nevertheless the same colour.


all of the stamp papers depicted above are of the 1/3d regional for Scotland

A, B and C are non-phosphor whilst D is of the 8mm violet variety. Fred.

Edited By Fred Sellars on 25/06/2021 10:27:11

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