Sunday, May 17, 2009

The 10cBR

Here is a graphic of all of them as best I know them today.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Transition from the current scheme to the final scheme

At some point I hope to be able to transition the current scheme for the papers, which is useful for database records, to a publishing scheme that is independent of a numbering scheme. The use of 1Ex, 1Lx, CLx, etc has been useful during the course of this study, but as I have made additional findings, the numbers have fallen out of their original, loosely chronological scheme. For example, the 1L3 paper is one of the last papers used for the series, and some of the 1E3 papers were issued after the 1E4 paper.

The descriptive name for each of these papers needs to exclude numbers and needs to contain the following information (I use the 1E1 as an example):

1. Color (cream)
2. Thickness (medium)
3. Grid, when present (Rectangular symmetric)
4. Perforation (neat)
5. Watermark (Wavy Rays medium size RA, clear)
6. Watermark direction (parallel in reference to printing direction of paper roll)
7. Gum (yellowish)
8. Time in use (1935 to 1937)
9. Stamps for it (10cR, 12cBR,...)

Papers to-do list

The current list of papers is:

The pre-1945 so-called Wavy Rays watermark papers:

1. 1E1, cream paper from 1935-36-37. Rectangular symmetric grid.
2. 1E2, pale white paper from 1937. This paper was apparently not used on the small format values.
3. 1E3a, white paper version of 1E1. Rectangular symmetric grid.
4. 1E3b, Rectangular asymmetric grid.
5. 1E3c, Box symmetric grid.
6. 1E4, horizontal watermark on the large format values. Some small format stamps were printed on this paper.
7. 1E5, similar to 1E4 but with much smaller RAs.

The 'other' papers:

8. CL1A, first clay of 1939.
9. CL1B, second clay of 1943.
10. 2D, diffuse Straight Rays of 1943.
11. 2C, clear Straight Rays of 1949.
12. NGR, unwatermarked grid paper.
13. NOP, unwatermarked opaque paper.
14. CL2A, third clay of 1950.
15. CL2B, fourth clay of 1952.

The post-1950 so-called Wavy Rays watermark papers:

16. 1L1, laid lines.
17. 1L2, large RA of 1952.
18. 1L3, bright white of 1955.
19. 1L4, the worn out watermark mesh paper, which may be the same as 1L2.
20. 1L5, the Zarate paper, of which there may be more than one.
21. 1L6, the grid paper found on the 40c and 2 pesos.

and finally,

22. CL3, the clay paper unique to the 25c 'Servicio Oficial'

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Beginner's Collection close to 80 percent complete

I have just received a nice selection of stamps, and have combined it with what I already had to attempt completion of several papers in the Beginner's Collection. The 2C and 1L ranges are complete, and I am only missing these for the papers I have shown here:

1. 1E2: 10p and 20p.
2. NGR: 25c, 10p, and 20p.
3. NOP: 40c, 2p, 5p, and 10p.

I have not yet looked at the small format values in the just-received selection. For the large format values, it contained several NGR, NOP, 2C, and 1L values of interest, especially two nice 2PNGRs, light color printings of the 30c and 40cNGR, a few nice 50cNOPs, several 1pNGRs, a nice batch of 25c and 50c2Cs, and a nice range of 10p1Ls.

I am close to 80 percent complete with the Beginner's Collection.

1E2 Large Format Stamps (Beginner's Collection)

This selection of 1E2 large format stamps from the Beginner's Collection is only missing the 10p and 20p values.

The 50c1E2 is uncommon.

Postmarks on Selected 1E3 Stamps (Beginner's Collection)

Here is a selection of clear postmarks on the 25c and 50c 1E3 stamps from the Beginner's Collection. The 25c1E3 is very common and a great source for postmarks from 1939 to 1944.

NGR and NOP Large Format Stamps (Beginner's Collection)

Here are somewhat incomplete ranges of the NGR and NOP high values from the Beginner's Collection.

The NGR range is missing the 25c, 10p and 20p values. I find the 25cNGR to be scarcer than any of the other values-including the 5 pesos!

This is a common stamp, except for the light shade example shown here.

The 40cNGR is uncommon, even more so in the lighter shade.

The 50cNGR is also uncommon.

The 1pNGR is fairly common.

Most 2pNGR stamps were printed on grayish paper, these two rare specimens were printed on higher quality white paper.

A rare stamp, yet overvalued in the Scott catalogue.

The NOP range is missing the 40c, 2p, 5p, and 10p vaues.

2C High Values (Beginner's Collection)

Here is a complete run of the large format 2C stamps.


25c (horizontal and vertical watermark)

30c (horizontal and vertical watermark)

Also one 40c, the less common middle value for this paper.

...and the remaining high values.

Notice the deep blue background that is distinctive to this printing.

Some 1L High Values (Beginner's Collection)

Here is a complete run in the beginner's collection of the 1L values from 50c to 20 pesos.

50c1L1 (paper with laid lines)

50c1L2 (often found with large RA)

50c1L3 (white paper, bright yellow design background)

50c1L5 (Zarate, unreadable watermark)

A small selection of 2p1Ls, not selected for specific papers.

The 5P1L2

The 10P1L2

The 20p1L2, a desirable stamp.

A 50c1E Perfin

This 50c stamp has a two row perfin. The first row reads 'BF' and the second row reads 'RP.'

From the back.

Perfin detail.