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Oceania/Australia : Opening of Parliament House - May 9, 1927

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Rob1956
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03 Aug 2016
03:08:05am
Below is a scarce superb top left corner block of 10 "Opening of Parliament House" First Day of Issue cancellations. Each stamp clearly showing a circular date stamp honouring the day.

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A single mint unhinged stamp and the OS perfin all perfectly centred.

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ernieinjax
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03 Aug 2016
05:57:04am
re: Opening of Parliament House - May 9, 1927

Rob,

I enjoy your posts and learn from your contributions. I have a question regarding condition as it relates to the multiple pictured here. You can see the paper waves throughout and especially up and around the selvedge.

I searched around the discussion board looking for information on the pressing of stamps to improve the appearance of an item. I know in the paper money hobby the practice of pressing is very much frowned upon and the leading grading service, PMG, gives a special designation of PPQ (premium paper quality) for items that are completely original and unpressed.

Do you think the item pictured could benefit from a light press and what are your thoughts on the practice generally?

Would welcome others' thoughts on this also and maybe a moderator could start a new thread or add these comments to an existing one if warranted.

Ernie

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Rob1956
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03 Aug 2016
07:33:09am
re: Opening of Parliament House - May 9, 1927

Hi Ernie

Thanks for the comment and I'm happy to know that my contribution to Stamporama helps.

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"Do you think the item pictured could benefit from a light press and what are your thoughts on the practice generally?"



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"You can see the paper waves throughout and especially up and around the selvedge."



I have heard of stamps being lightly pressed but I do not think such a practice would go too well on these little fellows, the paper waves you mention were caused by the printing process of the time, it gives the block character.

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Here is a bit of naivety on my part - How is a stamp pressed?

I do not recommend trimming uneven perfs (unless you're a professional), many a stamp had been ruined by trimming, I have seen some rare stamps ruined by a slip of the blade.

Rob

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TuskenRaider
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03 Aug 2016
08:37:07am
re: Opening of Parliament House - May 9, 1927

Hi Rob;

I recall that a year or so ago, they was a very long discussion on the proper drying of stamps that have been soaked off of paper.

One of the products discussed was the Desert Magic, stamp drying books. They seem to have a release paper inside that is quite good at not sticking to the gum side of stamps.

One commenter on that thread said that he used them to flatten curled mint stamps, or lightly creased ones. What he did was use a very fine mister, like an empty (and washed out ) Cutter mosquito repellent bottle. He then sprayed plain water on the printed side, but only enough to barely dampen the printed layer of paper, so as to not soak thru to the gum. He then placed the stamp gum side against the release paper and closed the book and put some weight on the book. By closing and weighting the book the moisture is slowly allow to soften the paper enough to flatten.

If I were to try this, I would certainly only use very cheap and common packet stuffing stamps, for such a risky idea.

Just sortin'....
TuskenRaider

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Rob1956
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03 Aug 2016
04:04:31pm
re: Opening of Parliament House - May 9, 1927

Thanks for that interesting bit of info TuskenRaider, I'll try it on a few common stamps.

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Rob1956
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05 Aug 2016
08:36:38pm
re: Opening of Parliament House - May 9, 1927

Next week I will be uploading the rest of the Parliament House cancellations, it is a unique combination of cancellations of the 1927 Opening of Parliament House by the Duke of York (later King George VI). Notice the block of 10 previously uploaded, instead of having "ACT" (Australian Capital Territory) it has "FCT" (Federal Capital Territory).

All stamps are mint unhinged and are circular date stamped (C.T.O.), with large and small CDs, including large CDs on the OS stamps. There is a rumour by experts there is one other OS with a small CD, but it has never been located; if it appears I will add it to my Canberra CDS stamps.

Types of cancellations that will be shown.

1 - Parliament House Canberra FCT. Large CDS. 9 May 1927 (Federal Capital Territory). Block of 10
2 - Canberra FCT. Small & large CDS. 9 May 1927. Blocks of 4
3 - O.S. puncture: Parliament House Canberra FCT. Large CDS. 9 May 1927. Single stamp
4 - O.S. puncture: Canberra FCT. Large CDS. 9 May 1927. Single stamp


Rob


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