Hello, How nice to get some comments from readers.
One reader pointed out that the perforations were different on the stamps I showed
the other night. Yes that was correct and I did not mention that did I, so to remedy
that here are two more images and a few words on what to look for when it comes
to trying to identify the stamps by the perforations.
First, just a reminder that I am only looking at the 2nd
class self adhesive light blue stamps with elliptical perforations issued between
1993 – 2001.
The two perforations shown are the Enschede die-cut
perforation on the bottom image (left stamp) and a Walsall die-cut perforation
on the top image (right stamp). The difference is very obvious. The Enschede
perforations are rounded and the Walsall perforations are square cut.
If readers have more precise details, rather than my general
view, please let me know and I will share.
The challenge I have found sorting the 2nd
adhesive Light Blues is the number of varieties, given the number of printers, the
paper types, gums, engraving methods, printing methods (ie Lithography or Photogravure),
different use and types of phosphor (for
example the colour, position, width size, and colour intensity of the bands) and the perforation sizes - and
on the subject of perf sizes I have found over 100 perf 14½
by 14 but none are listed in any of my readings – thoughts????
Anyway, I am trying to compile for myself a listing that will
allow me to catalogue used material, and create a small portfolio of (within
reason) some stamp varieties in used
condition – Rather than just SG 1664, 1664a, 1665, 1620 and SG 2039 (It is a
lot easier I think with Mint stamps if the stamps are in the original booklet. I
may be crazy you are thinking but I think it would be nice to have for
collectors. Anyway I have great sources to help me - SG Concise, Deegams and perhaps the best as far
as I am concerned given my scope, Great Britain Machins ( by “The Machin Nut”)
Anyone offer any further thoughts? (Polite ones please) I have the 1st
Class to do next!
Enjoy your stamps. Best wishes Michael
cddstamps.com - where you can fill a few gaps in your Machin
collection from the 1700 we have listed, with more to be listed as we get organised.