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Author:  Wilding Mad [ Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:42 pm ]


My last two articles on fluorescent papers have been previously
concerned with the 3d Wales (plain) and the 1/3d Northern Ireland both of which are regional stamps, found to having been printed on fluorescent paper but not listed in the specialised catalogue.
My findings on the 10d phosphor stamp is somewhat different, as not only have I found fluorescent papers being used to print them, but also a paper that is similar in colour to the original cream papers utilised prior to the changeover in 1962, the only difference being that these particular papers are more translucent than the original creams and consequently I have named them as being "oxidised creams" for reasons I have yet to explain, completing the trilogy of course are the whiter type papers originally intended and listed for this particular stamp, all 3 of which can be found below with relevant captions.

For some reason the other two varieties of paper which are quite distinct have not been included and by omitting them from the catalogue listings it gives an inaccurate account as to the overall scenario, a specialised stamp catalogue is also used as a source of reference, after all if there are three different papers and only one is listed, then the correct procedure would be to rectify the situation.

At the moment, all I want, is for you to be aware of their existence without giving any explanation/reason as to how and why these varieties came about, as that will be explained in a further segment when dealing with contaminated papers.

As far as statistics are concerned the quantities printed and sold are unknown in relation to each type of paper produced, but from a bulk purchase of 97 made up basically of singles pairs and small blocks the percentage ratio can be seen in the next attachment.

Of course this is just a random assessment, but at least you do have some figures as to availability and it would appear that the fluorescent paper is by far the scarcer of the 3 individual papers to be found.

Another good example for testing for cream papers should the need arise, is to compare them with older British stamps printed prior to 1962 as they would definitely have been printed on a cream paper, this can be seen in the attachment below, as the block of 10d phosphors on the left compare strongly with the cream papers of the George VI stamps in the centre of screen.

Whereby in contrast, the fluorescent papers on the right have reacted strongly to the long wave ultraviolet radiation, this being further proof that both cream and fluorescent papers have been used to print British multiple crown Wilding stamps since 1962.

Here's a tip from an old timer.
It would appear that many dealers don't seem to have the time nor the inclination to check their stock prior to sale, and the many variable papers which I have discovered can be obtained at the same price as the normal ones, which gives the specialist an overall advantage over the normal collector, for example, I have been purchasing the 1/3d regionals printed on cream paper for the same price as the whiter paper versions, stamps that should normally retail for £3 to £4 can be purchased at around 20p or even less, that's better than buying shares in Stanley Gibbons. Seriously though there are lots of bargains to be found out there !

Should there be anyone with something constructive to report on this subject then please give details, or does silence absolute still prevail ?
Thank you WM.

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