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Some previous Stop Press items

Lightning strikes - January 2019


The casual observer might be forgiven for taking this flaw to be a faint rendering of the lightening conductor.


However, it was observed on a Waterlow stamp - that of a Turks & Caicos 1/- value.

Recent realisations – January 2019


Recent eBay realisations (in £) include the following:

H K set cancelled Kowloon on illustrated cover to Singapore

BF Egypt 1pi on cover to UK without Crown Circle pp

H K tied to piece by Tandjong Priok & Tjisalak cancels - scan

Hong Kong reg FDC to UK

Nigeria 1½d with clear German Seepost cancel - scan

Hong Kong illustrated reg FDC - scan

KUT 1/- & defin 1c tied Masaka on airmail cover to Ceylon

India 2½a on 3a ps reg cover to UK tied Aden cds - scan

India 1¼a x2 on cover to UK tied Aden Camp cds

GB 2½d on souvenir cover + added cachet, air to Canada

Malta ½d block/4 on invoice to the Empire Press, Valletta.

GB set on Westminster cover, tied Tristan da Cunha cancels













Earth-shattering event – November 2018


Congratulations to Neil Donen on achieving a Large Vermeil at Stampex for his: “The 1935 Quetta Earthquake: Postal responses to mail and relief fund efforts”.


Since the earthquake occurred in 1935 and, despite a post-free ten days, Jubilee stamps inevitably feature in his subsequent article: “The great 1935 Quetta earthquake disaster”.


Barbados 1/- plate 1 - November 2018


Noticed on a cover front was a shilling stamp showing this Wv1.10/6 variety, establishing plate 1 for the denomination.


The cancellation was for 15 Au 35.

Morocco airmails  - October 2018


Having at first thought the rate of this cover was wrong, Nick Levinge points out that Stotter’s book indicates that a French company offered different airmail rates.

Its airmail fee was 1F per 10g to France which, in addition to the postage of 50c for the 1st 20g and a further 75c for onward transmission to the UK, makes sense of this 3F 25c on this 1st step cover to London.

Correction - October 2018


Gary Loew has pointed out an error in our realisations feature of the last issue. This cover should have been reported as sold for £33 and not £78.76. Our apologies.

Incidentally, can anyone reconcile the postage rate? Also, could the intention have been for a first day of censorship?

PDF's of some earlier Stop Press items...


SP 50 - Rv2A.10/5 flaw, GB new perfin, Canada proofs, New Hebrides paquebot, Henry III tower flaw, Double specimens

SP 51 - De La Rue plate 3A discovery, Tristan to Lundy cover, Rv2A.10/5 flaw revisited, Rotary International cover

SP 52 - Tristan da Cunha pair, added data on De La Rue plates & sheet numbers, Straits marks, 2016 Red book report

SP 53 - Cayman ½d 2B plate confirmation, Australia VG perfin configuration, Tristan used bogus overprint

SP 54 - Tristan forged bogus overprint, K.U.T. colour changeling, Solomon vignette shift & rotation

SP 55 - 2017 Red Book report, GB FDC curious cachet, Cyprus 3/4 piastre Henry III tower flag variety

SP 56 - Papua essay & New Guinea specimen, K.U.T. to Bahamas set rate, B.F.Egypt concession withdrawal notice

SP 57 - A further Mauritius 1 rupee cover, St Vincent Wv5.7/1 variety confirms plate for 2½d value

SP 58 - Used varieties, Specimen varieties: Grenada & Malta, Postal order from Gibraltar, Jamaica rates discrepancies

SP 59 - Important Spink auction, 2018 Red Book report, Gerald King's "alternative" Aden set

SP 60 - De La Rue Lanyard flaw, GB mirror perfin, Spink auction Falkland note, Cyprus fiscal use

SP 61 - The Levinge book on India, further data for the Pioneer Plates and Between the Sheets tables

SP 62 - Barbados 1/- part sheet, Ceylon booklet data, Waterlow plate query, additional Pioneer Plates data

SP 63 - Somaliland specimen kite flaws, 2019 Red Book report, Jamaica perforation query