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Billy Broadland13/08/2020 21:11:31
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Looks like stamp A has been in the sun too long. Faded.

Fred Sellars14/08/2020 08:42:26
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Good morning Billy,

I suppose you could also say the same about the colour variations of the 1912-22 royal cypher definitives !

Stamp (A) is actually darker than stamp (B) and is not faded

These stamps have not been sunbathing, Fred.

Paul Davey 114/08/2020 09:08:51
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Posted by Fred Sellars on 16/04/2020 09:49:22:

With quite a few Belgian stamps of around this time period early1900's, usually with the name Brussels and date you will find these official pre-cancelled versions/varieties.

As to why they were issued in this condition does not appear to make sense as a used stamp could easily be reused again after being soaked off if no other cancel was used. There must have been a reason for the overprint but I do not have a justifiable answer !

Due to this fact I have decided to classify them as "oddballs".img_20200416_090823.jpg

Apologies for delay in replying Fred. My understanding is that these were used by bulk posters - thousands at a time. There was a discount as the post office didn't have to cancel them. I think it was assumed unlikely the local council would collect up enough used ones to reuse on a bulk mailing and they were restricted to one city in one year! Canada and the USA are the two other countries that come to mind with similar items. France just used stamps reading Afranchi Postes without a town.


Fred Sellars14/08/2020 09:27:39
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Thanks for the pre cancelled info Paul, I guess the only way to recognise the difference between mint and used of these particular issues would be to check the gummed side,Fred.

Fred Sellars14/08/2020 12:27:02
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Just to show you that you are incorrect in you're 'faded' assumption, here are similar differences but with unmounted mint examples.

Do you still believe that these are faded ?


Let me know your answer ! Fred

Fred Sellars28/10/2020 13:28:44
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Here's one that takes the biscuit, as stated by Reuters on the 23rd of October.

It reports stamps of Austria being printed on toilet paper in view of the fact that the rolls of paper were difficult to obtain due to panic buying during the early stages of the pandemic, the stamp has been printed as if on a miniature sheet, however, the information given does not state as to whether it is lick & stick or self adhesive.

Information on this stamp can be found on :-

Therefore, I have added this stamp definitely as an oddball in lieu of normal paper being used . Fred.

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