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Europe/Germany : Engraved copperplate prints 1920

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Opa
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18 Feb 2017
08:18:59am
These are without a challenge my favorite German stamps. Printed on copper engraved plates. Stamps showing the Reichs main post office and Genius (Roman God) representing the union of North and South Germany, taken from a painting by Anton von Werner
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The copper plates were a soft material to use so there a lot of flaws you can search for.

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These stamps were overprinted in 1920

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A few of these have horizontal perforated margins on either the right or left side.
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18 Feb 2017
09:31:27am
re: Engraved copperplate prints 1920

You should turn this into an article or exhibit.

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Jeredutt3
18 Feb 2017
02:28:21pm
re: Engraved copperplate prints 1920

agreed !!! that would be a fantastic exhibit !!

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18 Feb 2017
05:39:07pm
re: Engraved copperplate prints 1920

Nice

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18 Feb 2017
05:56:52pm
re: Engraved copperplate prints 1920

VERY nice!

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18 Feb 2017
07:42:22pm
re: Engraved copperplate prints 1920

Lovely stamps! Engraved, decisively vignetted, monochrome ... all my faves!

You are correct that copper is (relatively) soft.

Q/ So what were the advantages of using copper plates? Availability post-Versailles?

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19 Feb 2017
04:09:05am
re: Engraved copperplate prints 1920

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"You should turn this into an article or exhibit."



I will have to practice my English a bit more.

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"Q/ So what were the advantages of using copper plates? Availability post-Versailles?"



The copper plates were very (checking google translator) bendable, as these stamps were printed in the offset Lithographic method. Many materials in Germany were scarce during 1916-1923. The first world war and inflation had a huge negative effect on the country. By using copper and the offset lithography method, printers didn´t have to worry to much about the quality of the paper and could print large amounts in a relatively short time. With this method they had a very good quality print, the color would be very even and without any squeezed Lines. Later the copper sheets or plates were replaced by thin metal sheets which were much not as expensive.

Most stamps but not all were printed in the surface printing process. These stamps had squeezed lines, filled engravings ,etc.

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I hope my explaining in the English language isn´t as bad as I'm reading it.

Here is one that I have not yet put into my collection. A large scratch on building at the bottom of the right. I would think that a small object got into the roles and damaged the plate. I am still looking for a second one to confirm.

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19 Feb 2017
10:08:57am
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"I hope my explaining in the English language isn´t as bad as I'm reading it"

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You are doing just fine. I understand you better than I understand many people who have spoken English for 50 years!

This is very interesting information.
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19 Feb 2017
12:43:47pm
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"I hope my explaining in the English language isn´t as bad as I'm reading it"



Not to worry. I have more trouble re-reading my own posts than I did reading yours Winking

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