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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Hello, something different tonight. First I hope you like these stamps. Very attractive, as butterflies tend to be. Australia Post has the usual write up about butterflies, and a mention that there are at least seven butterfly species found on the Cocos Islands and four of these are featured. If you want to know they are the Varied Eggfly Hypolimnas bolina; the Australian Painted Lady Vanessa kershawi; the Common Crow Euploea corinna; and the Meadow Argus Junonia villida. I bet you are thinking will he do a quiz. :-) ok name the other three and if I can get to the Post Office on Monday I will see if I can pick up a set of 4 as a prize. No guarantee but have fun doing the research and email me the names to with your mailing address. Anyway, what is more interesting from a philatelic perspective is that these stamps were printed in 10 Micron Stochastic and these are the first Australian stamps to be issued using this technology. The use of 10 micron provides a much sharper print result giving more intricate detail. If you want to know a bit more: For print projects that require impeccable accuracy, 10-micron stochastic screening produces images over three times more detailed than conventional print techniques. In traditional offset printing, dot patterns are equally spaced in a rigid pattern. A variety of dot sizes are used to achieve tonality, density and shading. Under magnification, you can easily identify the dot pattern used to create the image. In the stochastic process, all dots used to create an image are equally sized and are much smaller than those used in traditional offset printing. The dot pattern is randomised to allow a wider range of definition and dimensional effects, as well as a broader spectrum of colours. Light and dark areas are defined by using less or more dots to achieve the variations. Projects printed using 10-micron stochastic screening have greater detail, increased clarity and greater dimensional effects, as well as better flesh tones for a more realistic result. Colour is also controlled more effectively, allowing for a broader colour spectrum with smoother gradations. I will try to get these stamps. For myself as well as it might be nice to have a first issue of these printing type in Australia. Have a good weekend.. Michael


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