Tasmanian Philatelic Society

Established 1900

1d Pictorial Typographed Stamp Flaw Finder.

By Richard Singleton

This flaw finder is based on the 1986 work by Keith Lancaster and earlier work by J Purves together with additional research by the author, Richard Singleton. The K Lancaster book provides a lot more detail about all the Pictorials also the perforations, watermarks etc and any serious Pictorial collector should have a copy. A number of new platings are included here. Thanks to Jerry Weirich who has provided invaluable support , examples and help in this project.

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 FLAW FINDER 1D TYPO P 1 & 2

FLAW FINDER 1D TYPO P 3 & 4

FLAW FINDER 1D TYPO 5 & 6

Introduction to the Printings of the 1d Tasmanian Pictorial

The printings of the 1d Pictorial can be broken down into three recognisable groups.

  • The London prints,
  • The lithographed prints,
  • The typographed prints.

The London Prints.

The first set of printing was done by De La Rue in London based on photographs taken in Tasmania. These stamps can be identified by the use of the ‘TAS’ watermark and are perforated 14, they were first issued in December 1899. There a number of hairline flaws on the 1d value but I am not aware of any recent work to plate them, there are some notes on flaws in the K Lancaster book.

The Lithographed printings.

Control of all the Australian states post offices and postal services was taken over by the Commonwealth of Australia in March 1991. An early decision was made to print all postage stamps at the Government Printing Office in Melbourne. The plates were sent out from De La Rue but there was no suitable printing press available that could use them. This resulted in the production of the two Lithographed plates for the 1d. They all have the V over Crown Victorian watermark and perforation 12½. This print was first issued in January 1902 and was used until replaced by the Electrotypes in October 1902.

The Electrotype printings.

The first issue of the Electrotypes was in October 1902 with the issue of plates 1 and 2. These were replaced after less than a year by plates 3 and 4 which saw service for 6½ years until replaced by plates 5 and 6 in March 1910. Plates 1 and 2 and early plate 3 and 4 7 Flaw finder Typo plates 1 & 2. Version 3 5/6/17

printings were produced on V over crown watermark paper. Later printings of plates 3 and 4 and all from plates 5 and 6 were on crown over A watermark. Inverted watermarks are common for all the Electrotype printings and early printings plus a few later ones have the watermark sideways. All Electrotype printings have a range of perforations based primarily on 11 and 12½, some with combined perforations have higher value and are listed in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue.