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by Robinr
Mon Sep 27, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: King Edward VIII
Topic: Anton's Bookshop
Replies: 0
Views: 8061

Anton's Bookshop

I'm bemused by Anton's Bookshop and its apparent monopoly of first-day covers, possibly all covers? cancelled KING EDWARD, BANFF. Can somebody give me a link or a reference to help enlightenment, please?
Many thanks, RobinR
by Robinr
Wed Feb 17, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: King George VI
Topic: Coronation Pre Cancellations 12th May 1937
Replies: 2
Views: 9294

Re: Coronation Pre Cancellations 12th May 1937

Hi Mike, Good luck with your project. Here are the post marks on the relevant covers that I have: LONDON, 6:15PM, 11MAY 1937, H HIGH WYCOMBE, 8:20PM, 11 MAY 1937, BUCKS (There were two different envelopes used, with two different typewriters. My guess is that a whole pane - possibly without the cyli...
by Robinr
Wed Dec 16, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: King George VI
Topic: The puzzle of the two twos
Replies: 0
Views: 8288

The puzzle of the two twos

Cylinder 10 of the 1937 Coronation stamp is as rare and difficult as Cylinder 4, with the Ray Flaw Corrected being just as rare. In fact, I think that panes might even be more difficult. Hidden away on this cylinder is a show-quality flaw on stamp R10/3 of the no stop pane that has the foot of the l...
by Robinr
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: King George VI
Topic: Perforation errors
Replies: 2
Views: 14902

Re: Perforation errors

Hi Owen, Wonderful to get a reply, albeit ten years later than the question. Many thanks! Since then I have a lot more experience studying perforator encroachments and false 6B perforations, nearly all with KE8 material. Even so I can only guess a comment on your block. The panes were perforated sev...
by Robinr
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Swaps
Topic: Edward VIII 2½d Bright Blue whole panes and quarter panes
Replies: 0
Views: 19701

Edward VIII 2½d Bright Blue whole panes and quarter panes

I have several whole panes and many quarter panes of the KE8 2½d Bright Blue that I no longer need. I will happily swap any for other panes or quarter panes of KE8 other values.

Just let me know what you want and what you have to offer.

robinrestall@gmail.com
by Robinr
Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: King Edward VIII
Topic: Postage due question
Replies: 6
Views: 14369

Re: Postage due question

Hi James, Many thanks for the prompt reply.Forgive me if I seem a bit obtuse, but are you saying I can place a mint stamp in a tray and drip lighter fuel on it t6o see the watermark? That won't affect the gum at all?
by Robinr
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: King Edward VIII
Topic: Postage due question
Replies: 6
Views: 14369

Re: Postage due question

The short but interesting exchange between Ron and James triggered my concern with Edward VIII postage dues. .. Can somebody please advise me on a way to read the watermarks on these stamps? I have tried halogen lamps, normal electric light bulbs, candlelight, and of course a specialist ultra violet...
by Robinr
Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: FPO
Replies: 3
Views: 13860

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Dear Folks, Many thanks indeed, both for the above, and privately (direct) responses. Various tips and links led me to the Israeli Philatelic Society where the help has been incredible. To anybody who has FPO and other military covers of this kind (in particular, this period and location), I must sa...
by Robinr
Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: FPO
Replies: 3
Views: 13860

FPO

Dear Folks, The initials FPO stand for… Field Post Office? I have been searching online for any information on FPO-cancelled covers for KE8 and KGVI and am fast becoming bewildered. The great amount of references for APO and FPO seem to refer to mail facilities for US armed forces abroad… now, in th...
by Robinr
Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Research versus high value
Replies: 5
Views: 14816

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Dear Tony and all, Thank you Tony for the reminder and the link. I went back in time to a post from Boxmaster headed National Competitions, November 2007. It is absolutely illuminating with contributions from many stalwarts, a little heavy on Robin T's contributions perhaps, and it even includes a c...
by Robinr
Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Research versus high value
Replies: 5
Views: 14816

Research versus high value

RESEARCH VERSUS HIGH VALUE Tony Walker made a remarkable quantity and quality lot of contributions to the last issue of The GBPS Newsletter, (No.340, Marc h/April) and being a fan of Tony I read every bit of what he wrote. Considering that I am a specialist (manic-obsessive in the eyes of my wife) f...
by Robinr
Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: Economy envelopes and Reuse labels
Replies: 3
Views: 15476

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Dear M and M, Many thanks indeed for the responses. Maurice, your encyclopaedic response is, as usual, not only helpful, but tremendously useful. I now have ammunition for write-ups, and pointers to help in assessing whether or not to bid for something. And clues for research. I'll end up becoming a...
by Robinr
Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: Economy envelopes and Reuse labels
Replies: 3
Views: 15476

Economy envelopes and Reuse labels

The use of economy reuse labels offers quite a few diverse postal history avenues to follow. I have been crawling through a lot of apparent leads online, but all have been dead-ends. I'm particularly interested in the 1937 to the early years of WWII and would be most grateful for any comments or lin...
by Robinr
Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: King George VI
Topic: A new Backstamp discovery
Replies: 1
Views: 30048

A new Backstamp discovery

http://www.gbps.org.uk/boards/images/transferred/28545_1.jpg Like most collectors I suppose, I always thought a backstamp was a CDS or similar cache that had been stamped by hand on the reverse side of a cover, usually at the receiving sorting office. Imagine my surprise when – while sorting throug...
by Robinr
Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: King Edward VIII
Topic: King Edward VIII Booklet Pane of Scarlet Halfpenny Stamps.
Replies: 1
Views: 12256

King Edward VIII Booklet Pane of Scarlet Halfpenny Stamps.

King Edward VIII Booklet Pane of Scarlet Halfpenny Stamps

Another extra-ordinary KEVIII discovery this morning. A 2/- booklet with the halfpenny green pane missing, and replaced by the pane of Scarlet halfpenny stamps shown here.
by Robinr
Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: RFI - CD-Roms of info
Replies: 6
Views: 14766

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Dear Tony, Can't help with the CD-Rom of booklet ad panes, which sounds very interesting. I can help with the SG Back issues CD. I bought it with a view to research on all mentions of two items I'm deep into, but was very disappointed. So, I have the discs and no use for them. Beware however, they a...
by Robinr
Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Major Whitehouse and Colonel Pike
Replies: 6
Views: 14996

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Google spell-check is killing me!
by Robinr
Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Major Whitehouse and Colonel Pike
Replies: 6
Views: 14996

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Of course, onsite can be interesting, but I think in sight might be more relevant! RR
by Robinr
Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Major Whitehouse and Colonel Pike
Replies: 6
Views: 14996

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Dear Stanley, I really appreciate your response, for which many thanks. Bit by bit I hope to build a picture of what Philatelic life was like then. I have some letters from Birch to Doupe, and here is an extract from one that looks like the genesis of the big fuss about the colon flaw on the Coronat...
by Robinr
Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Major Whitehouse and Colonel Pike
Replies: 6
Views: 14996

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Thanks Mozzer.

Maximus was mentioned in the context of the rare Ray Flaw Corrected versions of three Coronation stamps.

I think it was in a letter from Mr Doupe.

Cheers!
by Robinr
Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Major Whitehouse and Colonel Pike
Replies: 6
Views: 14996

Major Whitehouse and Colonel Pike

In researching the photogravure production of postage stamps from the 1930's I have come across several references to two apparently distinguished stamp collectors, Major F.R.B. Whitehouse and Colonel H.E. Pike. In one bit of correspondence from Leonard Birch, an apparently very active dealers in th...
by Robinr
Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Cylinder-making for photogravure during early 1930s
Replies: 1
Views: 11752

Cylinder-making for photogravure during early 1930s

With regard to the preparation of photogravure cylinders for the printing of postage stamps in the early 1930s, would somebody kindly tell me, with absolute certainty, a) at what stage in the process was the control added? b) was the cylinder chromium-plated before or after the proof of the sheet of...
by Robinr
Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:05 pm
Forum: Stamp Books
Topic: KEVIII booklet print figures
Replies: 1
Views: 11387

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Dear Ron, No sooner had I read your message and thought, that's a darn good question - I'd like to know the answer to that, when the penny dropped! Short answer is, yes, it is comparatively easy to figure out the exact number of every edition of all the booklets, and in doing so, see the comparative...
by Robinr
Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: King George VI
Topic: Transfer shift
Replies: 0
Views: 12792

Transfer shift

Dear All, I have a perfect quarter pane (control and cylinder number), from Cylinder2 no stop of the 1937 Coronation stamp, autographed by the designer, Eric Dulac (There were several quarter panes and cylinder blocks signed by Dulac). I have had this item nicely mounted and tucked away until such t...
by Robinr
Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: Postal Markings
Topic: Klussendorf cancellations
Replies: 2
Views: 8578

Klussendorf cancellations

http://www.gbps.org.uk/boards/images/transferred/2184_1.jpg Dear All, I have a large piece (part of a large-size manila envelope) that carries a KE8 ha'penny, cancelled by what is to me a very unusual CDS. I understand that it might be from a "Standard/Kusselorf trial". In the corner of t...
by Robinr
Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: King Edward VIII
Topic: Cylinder number offsets
Replies: 4
Views: 16860

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Dear Harvey and Ron, Harvey's explanation seems to be the logical one, and perhaps even obvious, and if there is no alternative explanation then at the least we have to accept it. BUT, I'm left with an uneasy feeling. What I infer from what Harvey has written is that the cylinder number only, no oth...
by Robinr
Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: King Edward VIII
Topic: Is this a retouch on the 2½d blue?
Replies: 1
Views: 12535

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http://www.gbps.org.uk/boards/images/transferred/2147_1.jpg http://www.gbps.org.uk/boards/images/transferred/2147_2.jpg Dear Ron, Great posting! Thanks for opening the subject! I'm happy to say that I found two big control blocks in my mess… one 5x5 and the other 6x6, one the early 1936 printing an...
by Robinr
Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: Stamp Books
Topic: Crown dependencies
Replies: 6
Views: 17523

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Hi RobinT, There, Dear Old Ron responded! But did you really expect replies? If you look at all the subjects that have just the initial posting, with no replies you'll be shocked, but to actually start analyzing each subject and the correspondence it had hoped to stimulate you can only come to the c...
by Robinr
Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: Postal Rates
Topic: Postal Charges of insured Edward VII
Replies: 14
Views: 27752

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Hi Theo, I'm currently bidding for what looks like a similar cover to yours here, but with KE8 stamps not KEVII. If successful, I know it will send me off on a spree of research for all the notes, cachets, and scribbles on the cover - and I'll comb through this remarkable series of contributions, th...
by Robinr
Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: Capt. T.A. Smye
Replies: 1
Views: 13246

Capt. T.A. Smye

Dear All, I have been trying to find any kind of reference for Capt. T.A. Smye - a name that must be very familiar to anybody interested in maritime and airmail of the 1920's and 1930s. You'd think such a name might be unique, but it seems there were several of them! Or maybe just the one? Born in 1...
by Robinr
Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Capt. T.A. Smye
Replies: 1
Views: 13315

Capt. T.A. Smye

Dear All, I have been trying to find any kind of reference for Capt. T.A. Smye - a name that must be very familiar to anybody interested in maritime and airmail of the 1920's and 1930s. You'd think such a name might be unique, but it seems there were several of them! Or maybe just the one? Born in 1...
by Robinr
Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:05 pm
Forum: Stamp Books
Topic: Upright v inverted watermarks
Replies: 2
Views: 12966

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Hi Ron, Remember all those funny gags about getting old, the first sign, and the second sign? Well I've just added a new one… the first time you look at a sheet printed for booklet panes and see that the cylinder numbers are only beside the panes with upright watermarks. The second time is when you ...
by Robinr
Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Stamp Books
Topic: Upright v inverted watermarks
Replies: 2
Views: 12966

Upright v inverted watermarks

Hi All, Having spent ages writing up my KE8 control panes I finally got around to the booklet panes. I found that I have a complete set, with only two cylinder-number advertisement panes missing, but with half-a-dozen different cylinder-number repeats. To my astonishment I discovered that every sing...
by Robinr
Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: Welsh registration initials
Replies: 2
Views: 13852

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Thanks a bundle, Harvey, There's none so blind as those that don't look! I did miss the LONDON on the label! Mind you, that wouldn't have helped me with the initials. Silly how one can get foxed by something and so get blinded by others. Your knowledge of the post office and its workings is incredib...
by Robinr
Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: Welsh registration initials
Replies: 2
Views: 13852

Welsh registration initials

http://www.gbps.org.uk/boards/images/transferred/2067_1.jpg http://www.gbps.org.uk/boards/images/transferred/2067_2.jpg Dear All, I'm intrigued by the attached registered cover from Wales. It appears to have been posted locally, from and to Abertillery vicinity. I think I understand it all, but if ...
by Robinr
Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Postal Markings
Topic: wavy line cancels
Replies: 2
Views: 9218

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Terrific! Thanks a ton for that. I only hope that your answer isn't so perfect that nobody else will feel like responding! Looking through MacKay, one gets an idea that there is a story in the wavy lines, but all the notes are about the CDS and other bits. Anyway, thanks very much for both enlighten...
by Robinr
Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: To Pay and Postage Due
Replies: 1
Views: 10094

To Pay and Postage Due

http://www.gbps.org.uk/boards/images/transferred/2048_1.jpg Dear Maurice, I can't quite figure out what happened in what sequence on this cover and any insight will be welcome! Here's what I think happened... 1) The 1d Scarlet was cancelled with a CDS 14 DE 36, from Wallasey, Cheshire, and was stam...
by Robinr
Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Postal Markings
Topic: wavy line cancels
Replies: 2
Views: 9218

wavy line cancels

http://www.gbps.org.uk/boards/images/transferred/2040_1.jpg The reason for wavy line cancels is obvious, and they work pretty well in that context. However the style and the reasons for differing styles of wavy lines is less obvious. The attached illustrated cover exhibits a shallow undulation of s...
by Robinr
Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Coil joins - help needed
Replies: 4
Views: 11987

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Great theme, and a lot of ignorance out there - not to mention high prices for obvious fakes! Robin (T), can you amplify on the angled cut-join please? Was it standard routine? That is, always found on end pieces? Was it a technique applied to the sideways-delivery coils as well? Thanks and good luc...
by Robinr
Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: Mourning Mail
Replies: 3
Views: 15951

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Thanks a ton Maurice, you are great! But you sidestepped the question, "Is this a Dead Letter?" Yes, I can see how it is a matter of amassing experience.What is fascinating is how the whole world of philately gets richer and more layered the further in one digs. Sure, that's true of almost...
by Robinr
Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: Names and addresses on covers
Replies: 3
Views: 12090

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Two good responses, for which many thanks James and RobinT! And two totally different aspects of the same subject - essentially the use of mail for some philatelic reason. There ought to be an endless series of comments and points of view on both of them, but from looking at the record and personal ...
by Robinr
Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: Mourning Mail
Replies: 3
Views: 15951

Mourning Mail

http://www.gbps.org.uk/boards/images/transferred/2012_1.jpg My discovery of postal history continues with a single mourning mail cover from Glasgow. My limited library resources have nothing on mourning mail, so any insight will be greatly appreciated. The attached cover was posted in Glasgow to th...
by Robinr
Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: Names and addresses on covers
Replies: 3
Views: 12090

Names and addresses on covers

Dear All, I have started to sort out my KEVIII covers and find several familiar names and addresses that became old friends when I collected early KGVI covers. With the 1937 Coronation FDC, I had so many covers that I was able in many cases to figure out a probable quantity produced by a particular ...
by Robinr
Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Postal History
Topic: TIN CAN MAIL enigma
Replies: 0
Views: 10314

TIN CAN MAIL enigma

Hi All, I'm hoping there is a Tin Can Mail expert among us who can help me understand this cover. It seems that outgoing mail from the island far exceeds the incoming from abroad. Of the latter, mail from the US far outnumbers that from elsewhere, the next biggest number of stamps being Tongan. Stam...
by Robinr
Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Postal Markings
Topic: TPO Caledonian Day Up 1935
Replies: 0
Views: 8794

TPO Caledonian Day Up 1935

Dear All, Could somebody/ies kindly post a scan of a nice clear CDS of a TPO Caledonian Day Up from 1935. A couple or three would be better than one - I'm searching for the typeface used in the slugs. If you think it of no interest to members in general, please email direct: robinrestall@gmail.com V...
by Robinr
Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Postal Markings
Topic: GB cancelled in Italy
Replies: 0
Views: 8667

GB cancelled in Italy

Dear All,

I would be most grateful if anybody could help identify the attached cancellation and cachet.

The CDS includes the word CORRESPONDENZE, and the cachet, which I guess is most likely PAQUEBOT has F.S..... on the second line.

Very many thanks,

Robin
by Robinr
Fri Nov 04, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: King Edward VIII
Topic: Commercial advertising on booklet interleaves
Replies: 4
Views: 15885

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Dear All, I found the exchange on booklets and ads very interesting, and useful. Many thanks to Ron, Mike and Ian. I have an exploded 2/- booklet in virtually perfect condition (no stamps!) but the cover does not match the rest of the booklet. I am unaware of any source of information about the actu...
by Robinr
Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How can a doctor blade flaw be constant?
Replies: 3
Views: 10759

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Thanks Robin, I guess that's pretty well how I saw it. Not sure about your windscreen wiper analogy - I seem to get those bits under mine quite often! Cheers, Robin.
by Robinr
Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:00 pm
Forum: King George VI
Topic: Causes of flaws to background
Replies: 1
Views: 13610

Causes of flaws to background

Greetings all KGVI fans - and others who might be interested in the frequently-found variety of pinkish flaws on the background of the 1937 Coronation stamp. Quite apart from the many white spots that seem to have occurred during the printing, this stamp frequently shows odd, pinkish flaws to the ba...
by Robinr
Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How can a doctor blade flaw be constant?
Replies: 3
Views: 10759

How can a doctor blade flaw be constant?

Dear All, Can somebody explain how a doctor blade flaw can be constant? By definition, the doctor blade is moving all the time during the printing, and the paper on the web is also in constant motion, and the chances of an exact repeat must be virtually nil. Is it then possible for a doctor blade to...