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3 papers used to print m/c Wildings

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Fred Sellars02/08/2019 22:06:49
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img_20190802_213642.jpgThese 2d violet phosphors were first issued on the 17th August 1965.

---------------------------------------------------THREE TYPES OF PAPERS DO EXIST ! ---------------------------------------------------


Fred Sellars09/08/2019 18:50:08
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The 3 amigos.

Fred Sellars19/08/2019 10:18:54
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img_20190818_210528.jpgI am now coming to the conclusion that 3 papers do exist with regards to the multiple crown watermark namely :- Cream papers : Whiter papers : Fibrillous papers .

After excluding the halfpenny type values, it would seem that the majority of values between 1d to 1/6d all seem to have the three types of papers mentioned in my articles so far issued.

This is not just a coincidence but a fact.

Here are some 3d values again for comparison, comprising of cream and whiter type papers including fibrillous ones .img_20190818_205718.jpg

Fred Sellars02/09/2019 10:46:20
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I am number one one of the three amigos , I cover all three paper types, cream, whiter and of course the FIB'S.

Olé !

Edited By Fred Sellars on 02/09/2019 10:56:56

Fred Sellars14/09/2019 16:03:24
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If some of the viewers have come across any of these variations that I have discovered and illustrated, I would like to hear from them on any of the following subjects.

Cream and whiter papers issued post 1962 relating to the 1d-1/6d Wildings.

Fibrillous papers (FIB'S) issued post 1962 Wilding phosphors.

Thanking you in anticipation,


Fred Sellars13/10/2019 11:25:53
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It's only by using a UV lamp that I have been able to detect these variations in these multiple crown Wilding papers .

May I suggest that you read my recent thread by the name of " Ultra violet radiation of multiple crown Wilding definitives " in order to get a better understanding of these stamp papers .

Thank you .

Fred Sellars08/11/2019 13:42:30
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One of the fundamentals in the production of postage stamps is the paper that they are printed on, without it, stamps as we know then would not exist, so paper is just as important of the varying shades and types of ink used to print them and cannot be ignored when noticing differences found .

The third paper that I have nicknamed " FIB'S " is one of those differences and should be taken into consideration for acknowledgement by the philatelic fraternity .

Fred Sellars25/12/2019 23:16:21
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img_20191222_073155.jpgimg_20191222_065923.jpgIt would appear that with the introduction of 'phosphor tagging' of the definitives the necessity for the whitest papers was a prominent factor in the GPO'S requirements of around that time and can be noticed on some of the the commemoratives of the same era by the use of coated papers to increase their fluorescent properties, being a precursor to the first commemorative phosphor stamps in 1962 in the form of the NPY set first issued on the 14 November of that year.

Later issues was also produced on a coated paper as an overall condition (or experiment) in order to give that extra whiteness needed .

img_20191222_064940.jpgTherefore not only was there three types of papers used to print Wilding stamps but 4 when taking these coated papers into consideration .

Edited By Fred Sellars on 25/12/2019 23:20:42

Fred Sellars31/01/2020 10:23:12
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Having looked through many of the QE2 commemorative and ordinary definitives, I decided to inspect some of the regional issues, after all, the paper came from the same place .

One particular value became my area of observation as it was originally issued on the 29th September1958 and was never phosphorised (tagged) unlike some of the other values (this being the 1/3d value) .

It is recorded as being originally printed on a cream paper when first issued and was later printed on a white(r) paper as from 1962 due to the water being filtered .

After inspecting several copies I came to the conclusion that there are at least 3 distinct papers to be found as my attached scan of the Northern Ireland issue shows, they are as follows .........

1) The original cream paper version

2) Paper with added optical brightening agents included (creating a fluorescent reaction under UV)

3) A normal white(r) paper version (filtered water ?)

Sadly, only two of them are listed in the specialised catalogues no ' FIB'S ' either .img_20200130_200509.jpg

Edited By Fred Sellars on 31/01/2020 10:28:53

Fred Sellars10/02/2020 09:44:30
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Contrary to the name of this thread, another paper to contend with is the chalk paper, this seems to have been introduced with the advent of the non watermarked papers in the latter part of the Wilding series of lower value stamps in the form of regional issues, and as far as I am aware the only watermarked papers officially given the chalk treatment was the 2/6d value issued on the 30th of May 1968 on plates 9+9A, all these stamps unlike the chalk surfaced stamps that only fluoresce on the printed side, also fluoresces on the gummed side due to the chalk being added whilst the paper was still in the pulp stage whilst under production .

No doubt these regionals and this 2/6d value was a prelude in the production line for the Machin type stamp papers .

This type of paper is highly fluorescent as can be seen on the 1/6d value for Wales and is easily recognisable under long wave ultraviolet light .img_20200202_095835.jpg

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