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Fred Sellars23/03/2020 11:23:08
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Since posting my thread of the French perforation shift with added inscription, I decided to post many other findings on the same thread that involves stamps of Australia, Italy, Switzerland, India, Germany, the USSR and Latvia.

Should I find further items that I think are appropriate, in future they will be posted on this thread.

Feel free to add any oddities that you may have also come across, the world is your oyster 🌍 and maybe you have found a pearl !

TTFN, Fred.

Fred Sellars24/03/2020 09:10:08
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Having previously discussed these stamps in the not too distant past on this forum, I believe that these short perf stamps fall into the category of "oddballs", as they only come from the "A" rows of the sheet after being printed.

These short perf stamps with only 17 vertical perforations were not caused by error, but deliberately perforated that way in order to accommodate the sheet format and the perforation machines at that time after previous experimental ones had been produced.

These earlier experimental perforated stamps are commonly known as "Archer" perforations and can only be identified by the use of alphabet l and specific plating techniques, they are very much sought after by the line engraved collectors and can fetch several £100 in nice condition.

Unlike The Archer perforations these short perforated stamps are not listed in the specialised catalogue or given any special notes of their existence.

But worth looking out for as they are much scarcer than the normal 19 perforated stamps.


Fred Sellars26/03/2020 19:46:04
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Other interesting items found in kiloware are these IFCC prepaid postage labels from Spain issued in 1999.

It would appear that they were only used for holiday postcards on a remail system operated by TNT transport and IFCC being sold at some of the souvenir shops and hotels in tourist areas, after being applied to the postcard these labels were later transported to Holland/Belgium by TNT and IFCC,they then had a postage paid cancel applied and then entered into the normal postage system for delivery.

I believe that the price for this service for tourists was 100 PTA's, there are several variations of these particular prepaid labels, below are two of them.

Unusual items !


Edited By Fred Sellars on 26/03/2020 19:53:54

Fred Sellars03/04/2020 11:55:45
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Other " oddball " types are the perforation shift errors (unlike the penny red short perforated ones) caused by an incorrect feed when being processed on the perforating machine. Perforation errors can also occur due to a missing pin or faulty one giving what is known as a " blind perf ", paper folds are another example caused by the perforator whilst the paper was folded, how these particular stamps got onto the market amazes me, as they should have been spotted by either the quality control checkers or the post office staff that sold the stamps over the counter and disposed of.

A picture of a perforation error can be observed with this Machin 22p flame red depicted below, every country that produces stamps with perforations will no doubt have examples such as the "Sower" shown in another of my previous threads.img_20200403_112458.jpg

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