Identifying the Falkland Islands 5/
Identifying the Falkland Islands 5/ King George VI stamps is a matter of comparing these components:
1. Paper and Gum - the paper and gum of the Falklands Islands stamps falls into 4 easily recognizable traits. Unfortunately, when I try to scan the backs I am unable to show you the detail that is needed, so you are going to have to come up with your own samples so that you can see the differences in the paper and gum. See the complete Falklands Islands article for a more complete explanation. All references to color in the statements below are as seen from the back of the stamp against black paper.
2. Color - the colors in this issue tend to be close to each other. I do not think you can accurately identify this stamp just by looking at color. If you are lucky enough to have found all four printings and compare them to each other, you might notice that the 1937 printing is a brighter blue, the 1938 printing is a deeper blue, the 1944 printing is more yellowish brown, and the 1950 printing might look a little brighter due to the paper color.
The dates and color descriptions are per "The King George VI Commonwealth Catalogue " published by Murray Payne Ltd.
The catalog numbers are from the 2008 versions of the Commonwealth (CW) Catalogue, and the Stanley Gibbons (SG) Catalogue. Please be aware that the older catalogues do not list all the printings.
CW 16, SG 161
Blue & Light Brown
CW 16a, SG 161b
Indigo & Pale Yellow-Brown
|Look for the crackly, yellowish gum.||
Look for the wrinkled looking gum and deeper center color.
CW 16b, SG 161c
Deep Dull Blue & Yellow-Brown
CW 16c, SG 161d
Bright Blue & Buff-Brown
|Look for the off-white, flatter appearing gum and yellowish-brown frame color.||
Look for the thinner white paper. This is easily seen against black paper.
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