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Oceania/Australia :  Australian Pre-Decimal Progressive ½d ‘Roo Varieties (Part 1)

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Rob1956
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Member ACCC (Australian Commonwealth Collectors Club of NSW)
18 Mar 2018
09:38:44pm
Bush behind Kangaroo (Colour flaw)

The blocks of stamps I obtained were once used as research material by Bryan Young (who gave considerable assistance to the publication of a book from the research he had undertaken, and there are collections from J.C Thompson of Rushcutters Bay, Sydney.

The partial collection I have received so far collection consists of 7 x blocks of 56 stamps, 1 block of 44 stamps, 1 x block of 6 stamps and 1 x block of 4, each block with various flaws; I will soon receive the remainder, approximately 3,000 plus ½d ‘Roo varieties, a monumental task but the results will be rewarding; also with the collection is a book in which Young had contributed greatly with the findings of his research of the stamps I now have in my collection.

Altogether there are 446 ½d 'roos and nearly every row has varieties. The research undertaken by Young with these stamps was to put together a catalogue of progressive varieties, clearly seeing the progression of major flaws.

As far as I know, there has never been a display of such state of colour flaws, and the development of progression of the variable colour flaw just below the outstretched branch behind the kangaroo, also the development of progression involving the double lines between the 'O' of 'POSTAGE' to the 'roos ear, both complete progressions are rare.

There are also unrecorded major errors such as a large colour flaw on the top left of a stamp and the value covered with a large colour flaw, also, there are stamps showing electro scratches, various stages of retouches, misplaced cliches and re-entries.

It is going to be a monumental task cataloguing this collection and the varieties, and I will upload any other varieties I may find listed in the collection.

6 states of the branch flaw were discovered and believed to be the entire set of this variety after completion of the research.

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1st stage - very early development: 2nd stage - early development: 3rd stage - developing bush: 4th stage - well grown bush.
5th stage - thicker extra bush: 6th stage - fully developed bush

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1st stage - very early development: 2nd stage - early development: 3rd stage - developing bush: 4th stage - well grown bush.
5th stage - thicker extra bush: 6th stage - fully developed bush

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Colour flaw (foliage / bush) behind kangaroo on watermarked paper, perforation 14.75 x 14. All such colour flaws are known to be only on unwatermarked paper, it is unrecorded and rare. Plus a block of 56 with colour flaw on watermarked paper from which the cutaway came from.

The custom made book that came with the collection.

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Part 2 - Progressive "O" of "POSTAGE" to Kangaroo's ear variety


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