King George VI - Malta Collection Page Scans
The Malta King George VI set of stamps includes two sets which were printed from 1938 until 1952 when it was ultimately replaced with the Queen Elizabeth set in 1956. 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 1938 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.
In addition to the Potter & Shelton list, I also
studied "King George VI Postage Stamps and Postal Services of Malta"
by Graham Pound and Richard Lockyer. 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 1938 set.
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.
|Malta - King George VI Collection Page Scans|
|Commonwealth #||Stanley Gibbons #||Scott #||Description and Page Link|
|1-21||217-231||191-205||Malta 1938 Set - Page 1|
|Malta 1938 Set - Page 2|
|Malta 1938 Set - Page 3|
|Malta 1938 Set - Page 4|
|Malta 1938 Set - Page 5|
|Malta 1938 Set - Page 6|
|Malta 1938 Set - Page 7|
|Malta 1938 Set - Page 8|
|S6-S20||234-248||208-222||Malta 1948 Set - Page 1|
|Malta 1948 Set - Page 2|
|Malta 1948 Set - Page 3|
|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.
|Malta - 1938 Printings Spreadsheet|
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