Now for Something Slightly Different — Part 2.




More philatelic 'oddities' from our collections.

Machin 3d.

1967 3d Machin showing pronounced doctor blade flaw in the margin.

Machin 6d.

1968 6d Machin showing blotches on the Queen's portrait caused by dry printing.

Machin Multi-value Coil.

1969 One shilling coil showing 'gash in crown' variety on the 3d value.

Decimal Issue Training Labels.

Prior to decimalisation, Post Office staff were given instruction in the use of the new currency and the new sheet format of stamps which were printed in sheets of 200 instead of 240 as previously.

Only five values of the training labels were printed — 2p, 2-1/2p, 3p, 3-1/2p and 4p, and they were printed in the new format for use with stock book ready reckoners.
Removing the stamps in the correct order allowed the staff to quickly calculate the value of the remaining stamps by placing them on the ready reckoner.

Machin 2-1/2p.

1971 2-1/2d magenta showing misplaced perforations.

Machin se-tenant booklet pane.


1971 FCP/PVA 250 phosphor screen se-tenant booklet pane of 4 with I(½v) perforation type showing part of the phosphor cylinder number B6 in the selvedge.
Most unusual as all ink and phosphor cylinder numbers are usually trimmed off.
A footnote in S.G. Part 4 reads:-
"No. USB7a is the only example of the use of a 250 screen in booklets and the panes come from the February and April 1973 issues of the 10p booklets. The phosphor cylinder was B6 as examples of USB7a I(½v) exist with part of the number visible."

The image on the right is a 'doctored' copy to show where the part phosphor cylinder shows.

This example came from a vending machine in Trowbridge in Wiltshire.

My wife says —
a) "How do I know that you did not cut that corner off yourself?"
b) "I can't even see any phosphor lines, let alone a phosphor cylinder number"
a) I didn't, it is a genuine I(½v) perforation.
b) It is very difficult to scan an image to show phosphor lines and it needs to be seen under a phosphor lamp,
BUT, it is there — TRUST ME!

Machin 3p.

Illustrated are two blocks from a run of four in a progressive paper fold resulting in a perforation variety.
This type of variety is not just curiosity value, but gives information on the printing process by showing that the perforation took place after the printing. Had it not done so, the corner of the stamp would have been printed on the gummed side and the bottom stamp would have a blank corner.

Machin One Pound.

1972 Machin One Pound. Redrawn value. Imperforate pair.

1970 Multi Value Coil

Misplaced phosphor band showing one wide band on the left of each stamp instead of two band phosphor.


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