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1908 Washington-Franklin issues

Perforated 12, double-line watermark

Scott 331, 1, Plate Number 5216

Scott 331 var, 1¢, misperfed, Plate Number 4874

Scott 331 var, 1¢, precanceled, Plate Number 5166

Scott 331a, 1 single from booklet pane, Plate Number 5041

Scott 332, 2, Plate Number 5260

Scott 332 var, 2, misperfed from foldover, Plate Number 5292

Scott 332 var, 2¢, reversed watermark, Plate Number 4847

Scott 332 var, 2¢, double impression clearly seen in the star, but not present in the stamp itself, Plate Number 5178

Scott 332 var, 2¢, precanceled, Plate Number 5408

Scott 332a, 2¢, single from booklet pane, Plate Number 4963

Scott 333, 3, Plate Number 5126

Scott 334, 4, Plate Number 5576

Scott 335, 5, Plate Number 4931

Scott 336, 6, Plate Number 4937

Scott 336 var, 6¢, precanceled, Plate Number 5231

Scott 337, 8, Plate Number 4919

Scott 338, 10, Plate Number 4941

Scott 339, 13, Plate Number 4945

Scott 340, 15, Plate Number 4952

Scott 340 var, 15 "chalky paper" variety, Plate Number 4949

The corner of selvage was removed to test the paper during the certification process.

Scott 341, 50, Plate Number 4956

Scott 342, $1, Plate Number 4957

 

"China clay paper" varieties

The China clay experimental paper varieties were all the rage for nearly a century. Recent scholarship has proven that there was no such experimental paper in use at the time, and the variety is merely defective paper in varying degrees. The varieties are no longer listed in catalogues. However, here are some plate number single examples that were certified as China clay paper varieties at the time.

Scott 333a, 3¢ on China clay paper, Plate Number 4927

Scott 335 var, 5¢ on China clay paper, Plate Number 4930

Scott 336 var, 6¢ on China clay paper, Plate Number 4938

Scott 337 var, 8¢ on China clay paper, Plate Number 4924

Scott 339a, 13¢ on China clay paper, Plate Number 4942

The corner of selvage was removed to test the paper during the certification process.

Scott 340 var, 15¢ on China clay paper, Plate Number 4949

Imperforate, double-line watermark

Scott 343, 1 used, plate number 5206

Scott 343 var, 1¢, pre-printing paper fold, plate number 5162

Scott 343 var, 1¢, certified as genuine stamp but with counterfeit perforations, plate number 4994

Scott 344, 2, plate number 4864

Scott 344 var, 2¢ imperforate with counterfeit International Vending perforations simulating a private vending machine coil, misperfed, plate number 4868

Scott 344V, 2, imperforate coil, plate number 5299

Scott 345, 3, plate number 4925

Scott 345 var, 3¢ with Brinkerhoof Type I private vending machine coil perforations, plate number 4927

Scott 346, 4, plate number 4932

Scott 346 var, 4, Schermack Type III perforations, paste-up pair with plate number 4934 (beneath the joint)

Scott 346 var, 4¢, Mail-O-Meter Type IV private vending machine coil perforations, plate number 5212

Scott 346 var, 4¢, U.S. Auto Vending Company Type II private vending machine coil perforations, plate number 4932

Scott 346V, 4¢, paste-up coil, plate number 5199

Scott 347, 5, plate number 4931

Scott 347 var, 5¢, Schermack Type III private vending machine perforations plate number 4931

Scott 347 var, 5¢, Mail-O-Meter IV private vending machine perforations, plate number 4931

Scott 347 var, 5¢, privately perforated with imitation International Vending Machine Co. perforations, perf 12-1/2 to 13, misperfed, plate number 4931

Scott 347V, 5¢ imperforate coil, leader strip affixed, plate number 4958

 

Perforated 12, double-line watermark, endwise coils

A plate number may exist at the end coil strips that are printed from flat plates.  Typically, another strip was originally pasted over from the top or bottom to make up a full coil strip.

Scott 348, 1, plate number 5429

Scott 349, 2, plate number 5316

Scott 350, 4, plate number 5422

Scott 351, 5 used, plate number 4929

Perforated 12, double-line watermark, sidewise coils

A plate number may exist at the end coil strips that are printed from flat plates.  Typically, another strip was originally pasted over from the right end to make up a full coil strip.

Scott 352, 1, plate number 5169

Scott 353, 2, plate number 5160

 

Perforated 12, double-line watermark, bluish paper

These stamps were printed on a paper with high rag content, known as bluish paper.  The paper is actually more of a dull gray.

Scott 357, 1, plate number 4889

Scott 358, 2, plate number 4861

Scott 359, 3, plate number 4918

Scott 360, 4¢, plate number 4934

Scott 361, 5¢, plate number 4928

Scott 362, 6, plate number 4936

Scott 363, 8¢, plate number 4922

Scott 364, 10, plate number 4943

Scott 365, 13, plate number 4948

Scott 366, 15, plate number 4952

Note that part of the double line watermark can be seen in the selvage (an inverted 'U' of the USPS watermark).

Scott 460, $1, double-line watermark, perforated 10, plate number 5782

Scott 519, 2¢, plate number 4818

A few leftover panes of the original TWO CENTS design with double-line watermark were perforated with the then-current gauge of 11.

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