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
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.
local 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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