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Oceania/Australia : ½d Kangaroo varieties

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Rob1956
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13 May 2018
09:09:29am
After "inheriting" over 1,000 of these 'roos printed from 1938-49 so as to continue with a research that started in 1952, I will be uploading varieties that are uncommon and scarce.

The first is a double vertical strip of 20, with 3 varieties.

1. "Bird Nest" flaw (circled in red)
2. Weak entry at top right
3. Imprint at top and on bottom selvedge

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Rob1956
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13 May 2018
12:05:29pm
re: ½d Kangaroo varieties

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1949 Coil Perfs with "By Authority" imprint

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Rob1956
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13 May 2018
12:29:44pm
re: ½d Kangaroo varieties

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Starter strip

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Coil join (1st and 2nd stamp)

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13 May 2018
08:38:47pm
re: ½d Kangaroo varieties

Very nice. I own a "coil join" pair myself. I believe I read somewhere that the pattern of smaller to larger to smaller perf holes was for added ease of tearing off. Is that the only reason? Or is there more to it?

Cheers,
Eric

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Rob1956
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14 May 2018
01:04:17am
re: ½d Kangaroo varieties

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"Very nice. I own a "coil join" pair myself. I believe I read somewhere that the pattern of smaller to larger to smaller perf holes was for added ease of tearing off. Is that the only reason? Or is there more to it?"


Coil stamp strips were printed in sheets and then separated to create single strips, to extend those strips was to join them end to end by sticking one end of the stamp to the back of the other (hence the coil join).

In my opinion I believe the hole difference made it easier to remove the stamp from the vending machine without tearing it, and what you had read about the reason of the smaller and larger holes is true.

There is many more to come.

Rob
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Rob1956
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14 May 2018
02:56:30pm
re: ½d Kangaroo varieties

All are from sheet D Left pane of both watermark and no watermark sheets.

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Electro A (top R/H frame recut) & Electro B (Top R/H corner weak entry) - Watermark and imprint

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Top R/H frame recut & top R/H corner weak entry

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Electro A (top R/H frame recut) & Electro B (Top R/H corner weak entry) - No Watermark and imprint

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Rob1956
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14 May 2018
03:37:24pm
re: ½d Kangaroo varieties

Electro - Sheet C. Right pane. No watermark and no imprint

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Bottom left stamp showing weak entry affecting lower left section of frame and adjacent shading. Normal stamp on right

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Rob1956
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14 May 2018
04:23:21pm
re: ½d Kangaroo varieties

The 1942 printing of the 'roo show an interesting variety. Bleeding is shown in the bottom two rows, each sheet comprises of 10 rows and each row has 8 stamps across (80 stamps) and there are 4 sheets per single printing (320 stamps).

These stamps are from row 10. Smudges caused by the paper shifting, creating an effect showing the back of the 'roos fur standing up and smudges appearing on "POSTAGE", "½d", "AUSTRALIA", imprint, perforation alignment pip and border edges.

Also shows the W.C.G. McCracken imprint.


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15 May 2018
01:39:45pm
re: ½d Kangaroo varieties

https://stampauctionnetwork.com/us/us227.cfm

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Rob1956
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16 May 2018
12:31:56am
re: ½d Kangaroo varieties

Thanks phos45, will be looking at the link.

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