King George VI - Aden Collection Page Scans
The Aden King George VI set of stamps includes three sets which were printed from 1937 until 1952 when it was ultimately replaced with the Queen Elizabeth set in 1953. The stamps were printed by Waterlow who also produced the stamps of Antigua, Basutoland,British Guiana, St. Helena, and many other colonies. Generally speaking, the Waterlow stamps did not tend to have dramatic perforation changes - like the De La Rue issues, and the colors are pretty consistent. The best way I have found to sort them is by comparing the paper and gum as seen from the back.
The pages for the 1939 set were created using information presented by W. J. W. Potter & Lt. Col. R. C. M. Shelton in their "The Printings of King George VI Colonial Stamps" which was published by Stamp Collecting Ltd. in December, 1952. The publication listed tables for each of the countries' issues that were included. The information was combined with the Crown Agents listings compiled by David Studd. These pages were hosted by David on his on site for a while, but is not longer available. They were copied from the site. I have been trying to contact David with no success to ask permission to display them, but have not been able to reach him. So they are included here hoping that he approves.
In addition to the Potter & Shelton and Crown Agents lists, I also studied Frank Saunders monograph which was published in Geosix, the Journal of the King George VI Collectors' Society. (The exact publication number eludes me at the moment, so you will have to look it up if you want to find it. ) The combination of all this information is pretty overwhelming, so I created an Excel spreadsheet which attempts to tie together the details. It is also available if you want to download it. From the listings I created the little tabs that are used in the Vario pages holding the stamps from the 1939 set.
One thing you will note from the listings are that there
were an incredible number of stamps printed for Aden. The 1d value had
over 16 Million stamps produced. This is very unusual for such a small
country, but during this time period Aden was a refueling station for
the British Navy. So all the ships passing thru stopped there and all
the sailors and soldiers wrote home. So there was a valid reason for so
One of the theories associated with the Waterlow printings is that some of the issues can be identified by the perforation. The 1938 issues tend to be perforated 12.4, the 1943 issues tend to be perforated 12.75, and the others are about 12.5. I did not mark these stamps based on the perforation, because it is a real eye strain trying to determine the difference. You will also need a gauge like the Stanley Gibbons Instanta Gauge for this purpose.
The primary difference I have seen in all of the Waterlow
printed King George VI stamps has been the appearance of the paper and
gum as seen from the back. I like to put them against black paper and
view them under twin spotlamps. Early printings (1938) tend to have a
creamy appearance; 1940 era printings tend to be a little less creamy
and the paper appears thicker (or less opaque); 1943-1944 printings tend
to be on paper that appears thinner (more transparent) with gum that is
slightly whiter than the earlier printings; and later printings from the
late 1940's thru early 1950's tend to exhibit a brighter, whiter appearance.
This is all relative and it really helps to have multiple stamps to compare
as you are making these evaluations. I sometimes use other Waterlow countries'
stamps as I make my decision about these printings.
The page images were scanned in a larger size and at
a higher resolution so you can more easily see the details used in viewing
them. Feel free to select the page and let it download to your screen
and save it to your hard drive for viewing. If you are using a PC, selecting
the page will typically open it in Microsoft Photo Viewer (or whatever
you are using as your default). From there you can enlarge the size for
more close-up viewing. If you are using a phone - go find a PC or a Mac.
The images are 1200 pixels wide and you will go mad trying to view them
on your phone.
|Aden - King George VI Collection Page Scans|
|Commonwealth #||Stanley Gibbons #||Scott #||Description and Page Link|
|1-12||1-12||1-12||Aden 1937 Set|
|13-25||16-27||16-27||Aden 1939 Set - Page 1|
|Aden 1939 Set - Page 2|
|Aden 1939 Set - Page 3|
|Aden 1939 Set - Page 4|
|Aden 1939 Set - Page 5|
|Aden 1939 Set - Page 6|
|Aden 1939 Set - Page 7|
|Aden 1939 Set - Page 8|
|Aden 1939 Set - Page 9|
|Aden 1939 Set - Page 10|
|26-36||36-46||36-46||Aden 1951 Overprint Set - Page 1|
|Aden 1951 Overprint Set - Page 2|
|David Studd's Aden Crown Agents Requisition Reports|
|Aden - 1937 Printings|
|Aden - 1938 Printings|
|KGVIStamps Excel Spreadsheet
Attempts to tie together the various sources.
This will not open when you select it - just download it to your PC.
You need MS Office - Excel to open the spreadsheet.
|Aden - 1938 Printings Spreadsheet|
This article was written to help you identify
|Comments or Questions feel free to write|
|Aden King George VI Stamps for sale|
|Web pages describing various sets from the British Colonies|
|Index to KGVI Stamps Web Sites|
|Web pages with links to full page scans from the KGVI Stamps Reference Collection|
|Index to KGVI Stamps Collection Page Scan Sites|
|Links to other British Colonial Stamp Sites|