Queen Elizabeth, Wilding stamps

Great Britain
'Wilding' Postage stamps issued 1952-1967 during
the reign of Queen Elizabeth II

Stamps in booklets

Stamp booklets have been available from about 1904, and although it can be difficult to identify them if they have been removed from their covers, obvious pointers would be different values se-tenant, stamps in blocks of four or six, with stitch marks in the margins, inverted watermark, advertisement panes etc.


The value of the booklets issued during the Wilding period varied from this type of 1/- in a small plain cover with 12 panes of 2 stamps : 4 x 1½d 4 x 1d and 4 x ½d, to a 10/- value containing 6 at 1d, 6 at 3d and 24 at 4d stamps in panes of 6 with or without adverts.
The other values were of 2/-, 2/6d, 3/-, 3/9d, 4/6d, 5/-, 6/-. Each of the different value booklet had a different coloured cover.There are some values in booklets which have all the different watermarks issued during this period, and others with graphite lines and with phosphor lines applied.

This example shows the front and back cover of one 1/- booklet, and then the three panes of stamps included in it.


This is listed in the Stanley Gibbons specialised catalogue as K3, and can be identified by the inside printing of the back cover where the overseas letter rate is 6d. This booklet was issued on 13-8-1959 and there were 623,500 issued.
The make up of the stamps varied to match the changing postal rates, and booklets make a good sub-section of the Wilding collection, but it is difficult to display them, as complete booklets need to be opened and split up, in order to show each of the different panes. We have bought separate panes for most of the values so that we could keep the booklets in their original complete form.


It has been a period of experimentation in many ways. The different machines which were tried demanded different formats for production of stamps, and various sizes and shapes for the booklets - this naturally affected the contents and layout, including interesting combination of stamps - for instance in se-tenant panes of different value stamps.

Booklet panes of 6 printed from 20-row cylinders always had the cylinder number adjoining the bottom row of stamps but in the case of 21-row cylinders, the perforated web is cut at every 20th row, to make sheets of 480. Consequently, on successive sheets a cylinder number appears one row lower and thus a pane can have it adjoining the top or bottom row.
Information from the SG Catalogue specialised Vol.3
Each value had a different cylinder identification letter and number, as can be seen by these illustrations.


This is an illustration of how the front cover would be printed.

The finished product, but a slightly different edition, with different wording.


This is an example of the way the inside cover of the booklet was printed, showing that half was inverted. This is the type issued June and October, 1956, value 3s 9d having 3 panes of 6x2½d making 18 stamps in all.


This is probably considered to be printer's waste, as it would not be sent as a proof to the advertiser in this form, but we think it is interesting.

A typical cover for this value


finally the 10 shilling booklet

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