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Monday, December 5, 2016

New Zealand [3rd Post]

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Today's post is about some stamps I received last year from a "stamp friend" in New Zealand... I sent him some stamps from India and in exchange he sent me some beautiful and very famous New Zealand stamps... I already showed the "Peace" series in other previous post and now it is a good time to show the others... it will be the first of many , I hope, short posts  as I told you before..it is part of the new design of the blog , resulting from demands of my day to day life...

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AS we all know , the different Philatelies  of our countries are consequence of their strong or weak points... some of them are known for the beautiful Engravings,other from the Fantastic illustrations, others have famous pictorial series ,others portrait series, etc... New Zealand have for a long time something called the "Health stamps" and they are among the most famous New Zealand stamps...



The illustrations and design of the stamps are work of one of the most important Stamp Designers from New Zealand... James Berry started his work with stamps in 1933  and became rapidly one the great creators in New Zealand's  Philately...his design is very fluent and versatile and these qualities brought him some well deserved fame in our Hobby's small world...
1946 "Health Stamps" (2) [Des (James Berry)][Recess (Waterlow and sons Limited, London)] Sc(B28,B29)



Here is another work of James Berry, this time with focus on the Centennial of the Otago Settlement... The versatility of Berry's work became more evident in this series,where the design of buildings is side by side with landscapes ,ships,animals,etc.. we must have in mind that there are Artists specialized in landscapes or drawing horses,or painting Naval Battles,but sometimes in the Stamp Designing it is necessary to build pictures with many of these components working together to build a coherent  idea,easily understood by the final consumer ... Us. that's why I always fought  to build my other blog... just to bring , not only people like Berry , with an extensive work in Stamp Designing,but also the work of others who distinguish themselves in other branches of Art ,but who by necessity , curiosity or to answer a professional request, were one day also part of the Enormous Group of  creators of our Hobby...
1948 "Centennial of Otago Settlement" (4) [Des (James Berry)][Recess (Bradbury Wilkinson)] Sc(269,...,272)




Another beautiful series focused on the development and history of New Zealand...this time, another region of the Country is highlighted and this time Berry had help from other two Artists... one of them was also (together with Berry) very important in Stamp Designing in this particular time Frame.. I'm talking of Leonard Cornwall Mitchell , that started to design stamps in 1931... it is without any doubts another great Artist, perhaps one of my favorites...the other Artist from this trio was James Alexander Johnstone and the 3p  was the only stamp he ever designed ... Artist with a well established Art Life , he is a very good example of one of those Artist who one day contributed to our hobby,but never with the Excellency and Importance of many others who almost devoted their life's to these small pieces of Art... 
1950 "Centennial of Canterbury" (5) [Des (L.C. Mitchell 2d)(James Alexander Johnstone 3p)(James Berry / others)][[Recess (Bradbury Wilkinson)] Sc(274,...,278)

As You see, this is a considerably smaller post and the future will be like this , with some exceptions when we will be focusing in  large series with more complicated subjects to talk about...

Ok!that's it !! 

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

USA [12th Post ]

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Today was the day when I should be presenting my stamps of the 1922 Portrait series...but after many time spent with the classification of 246 stamps, I've still had some "loose ends"... there are stamps that don't fit in any of the categories listed in the catalogs or that just fit in one of those where the very expensive stamps "belong" ,so I decided to stop and wait more time before doing the post... instead,I've got some stamps from the 1932 "Washington Bicentennial" , an easier series to classify.....
I want to talk now about something that is troubling me for a long time... As You now I've got two blogs,this one and the other about stamp Designers... lately, I am spending much more time with this blog and I've been somehow careless with the other... in my opinion, the Research about stamp Designers it is much more important than the activity I have with this blog... the fact is that the posts seem to be increasingly larger and demanding much more work .... in order to give more attention to the stamp designers blog , I decided to decrease the size of the posts of 1967Stamps, to avoid having to simply finish it..! Yes, finish it.. because I don't have time for two such demanding blogs, and the other is as I said much more Important, not only for me , but I think for all those who collect stamps.... 

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This beautiful series commemorating the 200 years of the birth of George Washington, has  12 different designs , showing Washington in different parts of his life... the designs were made according to the works of 7 different Painters or Sculptors...to know :

1) after painting by Charles Wilson Peale
2) after bust by Jean-Antoine Houdon
3) after painting by Charles Wilson Peale
4) after painting by Gilbert Stuart
5) after painting by Charles Wilson Peale
6) after painting by Charles Peale Polk
7) after painting by Charles Wilson Peale
8) after painting by John Trumbull
9) after painting by John Trumbull
10) after crayon drawings of Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin
11)  after painting of William Williams
12) after painting by Gilbert Stuart

The series was printed using a Rotary Press Pinter, the stamps present the perforation 11x10.5 and were issued in 01/01/1932...



















just look at the 6th stamp... it is very
different from the others.. not only the color, but the printing in general...it is also well centered.

































































There is not much to tell about this series...As in almost all the US stamps since the first issues of the 1850's, we must have in mind that a stamp with a good centering is always more valuable than others..I will present in the end , the stamp I think is the best centered I have among these ..there are 4 or 5 plate flaws and minor errors to now of , when we are dealing with this series... I will not present them because I don't have any stamp representative... 
however, I have a 3c stamp that has an error that is commonly know as "Broken top frame" ... it is an error that can appear to us with several different forms... the stamp I have has a "short top frame" and it matches one of the possible configurations of that error...















As You can see the top frame ends before it reaches the left external frame ,so there is a gap between them,, , they do not touch each other, as they should ....it is an error that don't give the stamp an extra boost in it's value , so it continues to value almost zero... the image presented at the right is an amplification of the desired part of the stamp....
I know that some of the stamps are not in the desired conditions, specially the 9c stamp.. I shouldn't post it  but it is the only one I've got an makes the series completed... 
Another aspect I wish to highlight is one that is often forgotten... we should always take a good look to the stamps we are classifying...if possible , in our modern days, always take scans of all the stamps, even the spares and the most insignificant and common ones... that is why I think it is important when we are studying a classic series , to have a large number of stamps of each value... the fact is we can be surprised by the appearance of unknown printing errors, unknown plate flaws , new shades, etc.... I am saying this by experience,because in the last days  I have taken scans of many stamps and I've been surprised two or three times... here is one example taken from one of the most studied series in the world..















it is a Franklin 1c from the 1922 series, that in a first view it is the most common of all stamps, nothing to distinguish it from the others, except the small plate flaw it presents... You can see it right from it's birth (1st Magnification ) above the white bottom frame below the "N" of "CENT" and reappearing between the "N" and the white ground of the label "Franklin".. it pop up again above the "i" of "Franklin"  and ( 2nd Magnification ) crosses some of the engraving lines to reappear again in Franklin's curled Hair..then it crosses some of the portrait background ( 3rd Magnification ) to find and damage the inner circular frame and  part of the "S" of "POSTAGE"  ( it then continues ,but I think this is enough...) ...
You can say, what do I gain with this stamp..??. I say ,nothing!!! I just have a stamp that is not so common after all !!!... I like discovering small stupid things like this one..It don't make me richer , but it sure makes me a Happier person !!!

AND THE BEST CENTERED STAMP IS : 



[ ...In my opinion ,we must let our senses talk...they will choose the best stamp... The top and bottom margins are OK,but  the right and left margins are not proportional .. This is the best stamp  but not a great stamp..!] [just to say that in my old SG catalog this is one of the first series where centering doesn't give an extra value bonus...]

well,this is the new format I want to introduce to this blog...more and smaller posts... 
 just talking about one or two series or something Philatelic that is troubling me.... I think it is the best I have to do...

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