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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.

Fred Sellars18/06/2021 16:16:41
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Whilst browsing the web for philatelic information I came across an interesting article by Apfelbaum,Inc. concerning the early stamps of Latvia and the fact that some of these stamps had been printed on paper previously used for maps.

Here is the article in question, followed by an enlargement of some of the map stamps as shown in reverse



There must have been a critical shortage of decent printing paper at that time for them to have used pre-printed paper, and in view of this fact I can only treat them as being oddballs in the history of the production of stamps. Fred.

Fred Sellars19/06/2021 07:28:31
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As an after-thought on the 1918 5K map stamps of Latvia, can you imagine just how many different varieties that must exist, as each stamp could possibly be unique dependent on how many different types of maps were used and the way they were fed into the printing press.

It would certainly be interesting to find out how many varieties have so far been discovered, maybe someone who has studied this particular stamp could give us a reasonable answer.

This is what Wikipedia had to say on the subject.

Latvia proclaimed its independence on 18 November 1918, and issued its first stamps on 18 December. The design was a depiction of the country's Coat of Arms. Unusually, since paper was in short supply, the first printings were on the backs of leftover German military maps; by 1919, paper with ruled lines was in use.

What fascinating stamps, Fred.

Fred Sellars20/06/2021 00:41:09
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On a further search on the internet I have discovered what is probably the best Baltic states philatelic site that covers various specialisations for Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, the information available on these countries is second to none.
The amount of information on the Latvian 5K 1918 map stamps is absolutely amazing, everything you need to know about these particular stamps appears to be available for the person who wants to study them, see for yourself !
This one stamp alone is reminiscent of the study of line engraved stamps of Great Britain.
Don't tell the Royal Mail about these map stamps, or they might try issuing something similar to boost their coffers.
Only kidding 😏 Fred.

If only cats had thumbs.

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