Tuesday, April 28, 2009

1E3s after help from Rein

Thanks to help from Rein, I can finally discern the three 1E3s.

The 1E3a has a very distinctive pulp. It is just like a 1E1, but the paper is white and more translucent than the 1E1.

I have one 5p stamp on this paper (damaged, unfortunately) and no 10p or 20p stamps. This is a rare paper, even on the 25c.

The 1E3b and 1E3c are more complicated. The 1E3b is a paper that is fluffy and yields rough RAs. The grid is asymmetrical, and I am still unable to draw both directions.

Here are several specimens-the ones with blue lines are from Rein, the others are mine and show that I am only able to see one of the directions of the grid!:

5 pesos

10 pesos

The 1E3c is a whiter paper than the 1E3b.

5 pesos

10 pesos

In summary:

The 1E3a is like the 1E1 but white, and very rare. It has a symmetric rectangular grid on the paper.
The 1E3b has fluffy, rough RAs, and has an asymmetrical rectangular grid.
The 1E3c has a symmetrical square grid.

The large 25c miss-perfed block I recently discussed is 1E3b:

The 1E3 papers for the high values

Based on recent work carried out by Rein, there are three 1E papers.

1E3a: Symmetric mesh, rectangular grid, clear porous paper. It has the same configuration as the 1E1, but is a bright white paper.

A 25c1E3a-SO:

I find a candidate 5 pesos stamp on the 1E3a, but I am not sure that I am classifying this specimen correctly.

1E3b: cloudy paper with asymmetric or symmetric mesh, rectangular grid



Sunday, April 26, 2009

Picasa album for the 1E vertical watermarks on the high values

This sample contains multiple specimens for each paper and value-5 pesos, 10 pesos, and 20 pesos.

The 1E papers for the high values

On the 1E1 paper:




On the 1E2 paper:



I have the 1E3 examples in a separate post that will require additional work.

and finally, on the 1E4:



There is a 1E5 I find on the 25c and perhaps the 50c, but do not find on the high values.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Plate varieties on a block of the 25c1E3

This block has several minor plate varieties.

Second row, third stamp

Second row, fifth stamp

Third row, second stamp

Third row, fourth stamp

There is one plate variety on this block that is a candidate master die plate variety. These plates were composed in groups of ten cliches as two rows of five stamps each.

First row, third stamp

Third row, third stamp

A miss-perfed block of the 25c1E3

This block has a duplicate row of perforations between the second and third row.

Here are details of the watermark for future study.

Second day of issue 1935 cover

I have just received this cover, dated October 2, 1935. It is a philatelic cover.

Here is the back of the cover...

...and here is a detail of the postmark.

These stamps were issued October 1, 1935.

Plate varieties on three 2P2 blocks

Here are the plate varieties I find on these blocks.

First block of four

Lower left stamp

Lower right stamp

Upper right stamp

Upper left stamp

Second block of four

Lower left stamp

Third block of four

Lower right stamp

Horizontal and Vertical 2P2s

I have examined a block of four of the 2P2 with horizontal watermark and cream paper, and two blocks on white paper with horizontal and vertical watermarks. While the 2P2 with horizontal watermark on cream paper resembles the 2p2D, the diffused paper, I have not found this stamp used between 1943 and 1947, which is the period of usage for this paper.

Here is the 2P2 with horizontal watermark. It does look like the 2P2D.

Here are the two white paper blocks. These blocks are the 2P2C paper.

First block, vertical watermark

Second block, horizontal watermark

Here is a comparison of the 2P2D candidate block and one of the 2P2C blocks, both with horizontal watermark.