1915 King George V Local Print
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.
|| Grey Black
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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