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Color Me Perplexed - Understanding Philatelic Colors

 Other than a stamps design, one of the more basic ways that collectors identify stamps is with color and hue.  Correctly identifying a stamp by its color or shade can be difficult for collectors because the names that stamp colors are known and the shades of each color are a great source of confusion.   

1875 Government issued Reproductions & Reissues

The 1875 Government issued Reproductions(U.S. Issues SC#3-4)   It all started in the 1870’s when the U.S. Government decided to reprint all of the previous and existing U. S. Postage stamps. John Tiffany ( One of Americas first Stamp Collectors;1842-97) has  proposed that they were advised to make them available for an exhibit at the first World's Fair officially held in the U.S., at the Centennial International Exposition of 1876 in Philadelphia.  

Back Country Collecting - Cuyamaca Rancho Philately

The history of San Diego’s Rancho Cuyamaca and the areas southeast of the San Diego River differ from that of the other ranches of the rest of California as well as San Diego County.   

EFO's Part VI Perforation Errors & Gutters (Pairs, Snipes and Selvage)

Our EFO  topic  this  time  is on  Perforation  Phenomena  surrounding Gutter Pairs, Snipes and Selvage.After the release of the last issues topic, it was brought to my attention by several club members that the editor had intolerably left out some of our member’s favorite perforation EFO’s (The Guttersnipe). 

EFO's Part VII Prexie Collecting & EFOs

 The stamp series known affectionately as the “Prexies,” is the 1938 Presidential series which is a favorite specialty among stamp collectors.The $5 denomination of the set pictures President Calvin Coolidge. The series was issued in answer to the public clamoring for a new Regular Issue series. 

EFO's Part VIII Double Transfers vs. Double Impressions

A Double Transfer is a plate variety(Freak) in which a portion of the design is doubled. This occurs on engraved stamps when a design is "rocked" into a plate from a transfer roll in such a way that the resulting image is misaligned with a first entry or where an old entry was only partially removed before a new entry is made, resulting in extra lines being printed. 

EFO's Part IX - A History Of The American Bison Stamp & EFO Plate Varieties

In the United States stamp series of 1922-25, the30¢ issue pictures the American Buffalo(Bison). At one time gigantic herds of buffalo, or bison, roamed all over North America.Before the 1800’s it is estimated that there were over 30 million bison inhabiting the Continental United States.  

EFO's Part X - History of the Fourth Bureau Counterfeits Of A157

One of the most well known counterfeit stamps identified in Scott’s Specialized Catalog is for the 2c Washington stamp A157 Type I.  Most of these counterfeits have been sold or listed as either forgeries of Scott 634 or 554.   Neither of these Scott numbers is as accurate a description as using type A157.    

EFO's Part XI - Stamp Collecting Shifted COLOR VARIETIES

 U.S. Scott #1474 was issued on November 17th, 1972 in the city of New York. It was issued in recognition of a hobby that is both educational and fun  and in response to numerous requests that collectors have a "stamp of their own." 

EFO's Part XII - EFO’s & Plate Varieties on Bureau Issues

Plate varieties in general are classified into two groups: Designed and Accidental.This presentation focused on identifying the accidental varieties 

EFO's Part XIII - SC#698 Cracked Plate Issue Fourth Bureau Varieties

Plate varieties -  One of the most interesting plate varieties of this stamp, one which has caused considerable differences of opinion in describing it, is located in the lower right pane of plate 20538 (the Plate number below stamp No. 100).  

EFO's Part XIV - SC #C11 Air Mail 1928 Beacon "Open Door" Variety

The regular bi-colored 5¢ airmail stamp which features the beacon at Sherman Hill, Wyoming, was issued July 25, 1928 in anticipation of a reduction in the domestic US airmail rate to 5¢ per ounce.  The stamp was beautifully engraved using 2 plates for the bi-color design.  The stamp proved to be too costly and was used fora short19 months with only 107 million copies produced.   

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EFO's Part XV - Cracked Plate Bureau-Printed Varieties

Inspired by Chief Hollow Horn Bear a native American of the Brule band of Lakota Sioux. The “American Indian” stamp was originally flat plate printed and placed on sale May 1, 1923 as a perforation 11 Scott #565. Later it was rotary printed using a Stickney press as  a perforation 11 x 10.5 Scott #695. 

EFO's Part XVI - Stamp Collecting Forgeries

 One of the more interesting items was a discussion on how to identify forgeries of the Nebr. and Kans.overprints.  Having collected this set over 20 years ago, I had not really looked closely at them since completing the set those many years ago.  

EFO's Part XVII - Color Omitted Error

Color Omitted Error In 1975, the United States Postal Service created a series of definitive stamps paying homage to the impressive ideas that formed the United States.  Each stamp in the “Americana” series features a central image and a curved line of text that runs along two sides of the stamp.

EFO's Part XVIII - Double Impression & Ghosting Errors

 On modern lithographed stamps, most ofthe doubling we see are not double strikes at all, but rather is what is known as a “ghost impression” or Chill Roller double.  These errors are typically found on a stamps coil line (chill) or plate numbers (ghosts). Both of these roller errors are classified as “Freaks”.  

EFO's Part I "Inverts" | U.S. Classic Covers

Read interesting articles on Errors, Freaks and Oddities (EFOs).  

One of the most popular stamp errors is the INVERT.  These errors typically occur on stamps with multi-color/multitask vignettes. Whenever the process requires two persons and a single sheet to be pressed more than once, the paper can and will end up reversed. As we all know Murphy’s Law also applies to the processes of stamp production. 

Also an article on U.S. Classic stamps on Cover.

EFO's Part II Double Impressions | Chill Roller Doubling | USS Los Angeles ZR-3Mpressions

Errors, Freaks and Oddities Part II Describing  Double Impressions, Chill Roller Doubling and an interesting article on the Zeppelin "USS Los Angeles ZR-3"

EFO's Part III 10c Stamps 1855-59 | Plating 10c Stamps 1855-59

Read articles about Errors Freaks and Oddities associated with the 10c stamps of 1855-59 and plating issues associated with this issue.

EFOs Part IV Color Freaks & Color Plate Shift Phenomena

Our EFO topic this time is on color plate shifting and other color printing phenomena. 

EFO's Part V Perforation Errors & Perforation Phenomena

Perforation Phenomena  are  among the most common types of Errors, Freaks and  Oddities. Mis-Perfs over  the  past  century have  become  popular  among stamp collectors. Misperforations are  found  on  stamps  from  the  very  first perforated  issues  up  to the  present.  

Internee/Japanese P.O.W covers and U.S. to Hungary covers

Read about WWII covers from Japanese American covers sent from U.S. based internment camps.   By signing Executive Order 9066, President Franklin D. Roosevelt uprooted all Japanese and Japanese-Americans on the West Coast, sending them inland to hastily built “War Relocation Camps.” Historians see this internment as one of American history’s worst constitutional abuses. 

Read an article on U.S. to Hungary covers

Genoa Nevada and the Pony Express

 The  Pony  Express was established  by  the  freighting  firm  of  Russell, Majors and Waddell, who wanted the lucrative United States mail contract to California. The freighters felt the central route of 1,943 miles from St. Joseph, Mo.,  to  San  Francisco  would  give  them  the  edge,  since  the  United  States Congress wanted faster communication with California. 

Campo California Covers and Historic Gun Fight

See covers from Historic Campo California and read about the gun battle an the old Campo store the eclipsed the battle at the OK Corral.

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1893 Colombian Exposition Stamps & Tickets

In observance with the exposition’s dedicatory theme, the U.S. Post Office Department issued the nation’s first commemorative stamps, the “Columbians”. Issued in conjunction with the Exposition,sixteen Colombian stamps were issued in denominations ranging from one cent to five dollars. 

WWII stamps

Learn more about stamps produced to support the WWII war effort and a short article on the Multi-Gauge measuring device.

United Nations Decoded

 Interesting United Nations Covers,  When looking at covers or collections, you should be on the lookout for the United Nations New Your Number 2a.  The 2a is the 1 ½ cent pre-cancelled.  

A visit to Reno Stamp Club and German Local City Stamps

A visit to one of our sister Philatelic Clubs in Reno Nevada and an article on the history of German Local City Stamps.  


 On one of my voyages, in search of my favorite philatelic items, Puerto Rico, I came across a cover from San Juan.  It had rubber stamped across it (BLUE) the wording “CORREO AEREO, POR AVION SANTA MARIA”.  

Burned Covers

 Read a short article about damaged and burned covers 

Topical Stamp Collecting - Iguazu Falls, Brazil

In 1975 the Editor had the opportunity to visit the Iguazu Falls (Iguacu in Portuguese) falls on a trip to Sao Paulo Brazil.  The Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border between Argentina and the Brazilian state of Paraná. 

Stamp Cleaning and Prevention of Foxing and Fungi | Oleo Margarine Tax Stamps

Read an article on how to prevent foxing and fungi in your collection and methods for cleaning stamps.  Also an article on Oleo Margarine TAX stamps. 

Japanese Poems in Postage STamp Plate Numbers

Collecting stamps based on the Japanese syllabary (Japanese kana) and the “i-ro-ha” poem arrangement of 48 sounds might be considered by many as a bit of an Esoteric Stamp Collecting Endeavor. 

The “Fly Specker”

 It is an unusual and odd experience when you show someone your specialty album and the first remark you get is “So you only collect the bad stamps?”  Then when you think about it, you realize that they just might be right.  

U.S. Classics - The Mystery Cancellation

After a bit of research ,  I have come to understand that the stamp was most likely cancelled sometime during the peak of the Gold Rush (1852-1857) or at least a few years prior to the creation of the Pony Express.  

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Hard and Soft Papers(US) Banknote Stamps

Over the past several years the editor has been asked again and again for his opinion on the identity of one or another of the woven types of Banknotes on Hard and/or Soft papers.  I had always been a little weary of making such calls as my “real” knowledge on the subject had been superficial. 

Philatelic History -Delivering USPS Mail on Skis

 Snowshoe Thompson, A moniker attributed to a cynical witness of his first cross Sierra trek, who yelled from the crowd “Good luck Snowshoe Thompson” and it stuck. Thompson was an early resident of the Sierra Nevada of Nevada and California and was the Norwegian-American considered to be the father of California skiing.

Varieties & EFOs Part XVI The “TAG” Variety

The TAG - Over the last couple of years I have become aware of an error stamp known as the “TAG”. It is a type of U.S. 10c 1861 Stamp #68 where extraneous ink is located within the Letters T, A, and G of the word POSTAGE.  

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San Diego Cinderella Stamps

1915 Panama-Ca San Diego Exposition Cinderella Stamps. The   Panama–California Exposition was held in San Diego,   California, between January 1, 1915, and January 1, 1917. The exposition celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal,   and was meant to tout San   Diego as the first U.S. port   of call for ships traveling   north after passing westward through the canal. The fair was held in San Diego's large urban Balboa Park.