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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : Paper type and gum question

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bhannam
17 Feb 2017
07:11:40pm
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Hello friends,

I'm trying to identify two things in the picture attached, paper type and gum, and I'd like your input.

Question 1: The stamp I'm trying to identify above is listed as appearing in either:
A.) "Hard or soft, white, wove, thin to thick" paper or
B.) "Soft, porous paper"
Which type of paper do you believe this is?

Question 2: The stamp I'm trying to identify above is listed as appearing as:
A.) "Gummed"
B.) "Not gummed"
Do you believe this stamp is originally been gummed or not?

I see some dark spots on the back of the stamp down in the paper, but I can't tell if this is remnants of gum.

Your thoughts and insights are most appreciated!

In the image below (both are A44) you can certainly tell a difference.

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17 Feb 2017
07:59:10pm
re: Paper type and gum question

I usually first try to determine hard and soft paper types by their translucency (and use perf tips and 'snap' test as additional verifications). This article may be helpful..
http://www.stampsmarter.com/learning/Manuf_PaperUsedForUSStamps.html

As far as gum, it is hard to tell on such close up images, is it possible you might be able to scan the entire back of the stamp?
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bhannam
17 Feb 2017
08:59:50pm
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18 Feb 2017
02:11:22am
re: Paper type and gum question

My opinion; soft paper, originally gummed. I am not 100% sure that your arrows are pointing to remaining original gum or something else on the back of stamps.
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22 Feb 2017
01:24:13am
re: Paper type and gum question

Actually I find that high magnifications of the perfs is the best way to tell if gum is original or not. It s not hard to cover the center of the stamp but keeping the perfs clean is very difficult. The re-gumming usually results in globs of gum sticking to the sides of the perfs and this can usually be easily seen with a magnified high res scan. Neither of your stamps show this and I would conclude that neither has been regummed.

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