1915 King George V Local Print
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Surface printing of the 1½d stamp was introduced during the First
World War to reduce costs and because the halfpenny war tax on all mail
except newspapers had led to unexpected demand for this value. The
original recess printed 1½d stamp had been intended for parcel
rates, not standard mail.
The surface printed 1½d stamp was
printed using a plate engraved locally by W.R. Bock. However, the stamps
were not up to the required standard and were replaced by plates produced
by Perkins, Bacon in London along with the 2d and 3d plates in the
'King George V Surface Print' issue.
print is very coarsely drawn with a diagonal background pattern and with
rather poorly spaced diagonal shading lines on the face and neck. The
surface print stamps have a similar background but with horizontal shading
on George V's face and neck. The recess print stamps have diagonal
shading on George V's face and neck and a very fine and complex
pattern of alternating arcs with a criss-cross hatching over the top
giving the appearance of almost solid shading.
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