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(Mac OSX) HP Deskjet 2654 (1200 DPI, 24-bit Colour) through VueScan 9; Edited with GIMP; Lossless compression with ImageOptim; converted with Pixallon (NCH Software) to 350 DPI with 50% Lossy JPEG Compression
King George V
B. Freedman (Waterloo and Sons)
Good to Fine
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Excellent example of a King George V Jubilee Issue ½d stamp with a aesthetically pleasing triangular handstamp cancel containing the text “L LONDON”. A unusually beautiful stamp owing almost entirely to the well centred, complete and level postmark that borders the Kings portrait nicely. According to Curt N. Fernau in his 1998 book “London Postmarks Used On Printed Matter And Parcels From 1860”, page 22, figure 149, this type of triangular postmark was used on printed circulars and advertising. The “LONDON aspetc obviously indicates the London chief office, while the “L” indicates that it had been received too late for same day transmission. Thanks goes to Leslie Schramm for pointing me in the right diretcion with this one! The stamp is in good to fine condition with little to no damage. Only downside is some slightly shorter perforations (although not particularly noticeable to the eye) and a slightly yellow spot on the gum. Beyond this, the watermark is clear under light and is itself an excellent example the multiple G V R Cypher.
Triangular handstamp: L LONDON
Block Cypher (Standard)
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