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The Dated Die Issue of 1935-1938 Part Two

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Today's post picks up where the last post left off, and will look at the remaining aspects of this iconic definitive issue.

Plate Flaws and Re-entries

Plate Flaws

Unitrade lists all of the known constant plate flaws on this issue, of which there are eight as follows:

The "mole on forehead" on the 2c Brown from position 21 of the upper left pane of plate 2.The "birdcage" variety on the 10c mountie, from position 48 of the upper left pane of plate 1,The "broken leg" on the 10c mountie, from position 48.The "narrow 1" on the 1c green coil stamp. This occurs periodically through the roll.The "damaged 2" on the 2c brown coil stamp. This occurs periodically through the roll. The "moulting wing" on the 6c Daedalus airmail, from position 14 of the lower right pane of plate 1.The "Air"die flaw on the 6c Daedalus airmail, from position 10 of the lower left pane of plate 1.The "dot in right 2" on the 20c special de…

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The Dated Die Issue of 1935-1938 - Part One

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Overview

Today's post will begin to look at what I consider to be the Canadian Bank Note Company's (CBN's) finest creation: The 1935-1938 Dated Die Issue. It combines ornateness of design, with beautiful, crisp printing and vibrant colours. The series offers just about everything a specialist could want, while offering immense challenges for the proof and imperforate material. The remainder of this post will explore the many possibilities that exist with this issue. I will cover all aspects of this issue in two posts, due to the large volume of material that there is to discuss.

The designer for all the stamps of this series was Herman Herbert Schwartz. His name figures very prominently in Canadian stamp design right into the late 1950's. Edwin Gunn, whose involvement in stamp design dates back to the Quebec Tercentenaries, was involved in the engraving of this issue, as was Arthur C Vogel, and William Adolph.

The issue date for all values was June 1, 1935, and this wa…

Please Bear With Me Until Next Week - More Posts Coming!

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Hello everyone! In my last post I had said that I would publish my next post by now. Unfortunately we ran into considerable problems in closing our home purchase here in Saint John. These problems delayed our move by 9 days, so that we only just got to move into our new house on December 9, instead of November 30 like we planned.

I have managed just yesterday to get our new office organized, and I will show you where we keep our stock, on which these posts are based:


A view from the door showing our desks with lots of space. 

My work area, with supplies and accessories behind me. 

The stock closets and shelving with Nigerian postal history.

Viktor watching me from my desk. 

The British West Africa stock on the top shelf, Pre-1936 Nigeria in the albums, and Canada to 1971 in the boxes on the bottom two shelves. 

Commonwealth and world on the top shelf, Nigeria from 1936 to date in the albums, and the rest of Canada from 1971 on on the third shelf.

I have a backlog of work to catch up …