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Canada/Stamps : The 1972-1978 Caricature Issue - An Overview

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Brixtonchrome
08 Jan 2019
04:16:45pm
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This week on my website, I begin a long series of posts that explores, in depth, my favourite definitive issue: the 1972-1978 Caricature Issue of Canada. This issue followed on the heels of the extremely popular 1967-1973 Centennial issue. Because of how popular the Centennial issue was, many collectors did not pay a lot of attention to this series, with the result that a low of what are now known to be very scarce printings were overlooked and used for postage. This has resulted in the series being quite challenging to collect. It offers a specialist nearly everything they could want in a stamp series, including:

1. Shade varieties.
2. Design type differences.
3. Constant plate varieties.
4. Perforation differences.
5. Tagging differences.
6. Paper fluorescence varieties.
7. Other paper varieties, such as thickness, texture and coating.
8. Line and comb perforations, as well as perforated an imperforate selvage.
9. Interesting postal history
10. Multiple plates and printings of the same stamps done by 2 different printing firms.

The detailed post presents the basic stamp designs, and then gives a brief overview discussion of how you can delve into the above aspects to form an in-depth, specialized collection of this issue.

To access the full post, click on the following link:

https://www.brixtonchrome.com/blogs/canadian-stamps-and-postal-history/the-caricature-and-landscape-issue-of-1972-1978-an-overview

This has proven to be a very popular issue with my customers, so I am looking forward to eliciting discussion among members of various aspects of this issue and hopefully uncover the existence of undocumented varieties that I can add to my series of posts on this issue. So, please do not be shy - offer whatever insights and knowledge that you can about this issue. I will share a brief summary of each week's post here.

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08 Jan 2019
09:48:57pm
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"car·i·ca·ture
noun
1.
a picture, description, or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect"




Never understood why Canada Post named this series this -

these look like normal artistic renderings, not caricatures.


I do enjoy the series, though - reminds me of USPS' Famous Americans series.
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Brixtonchrome
08 Jan 2019
10:18:40pm
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Thanks Musicman. I agree - they do look like the Famous Americans series. I don't think Canada Post came up with this name. Rather, I think it was some collectors that did. I first saw it referred to this way in a specialized stamp catalogue from the 1970's. I think it has simply stuck since then.

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09 Jan 2019
12:26:19pm
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Great and very useful information on the Caricature & Landscape issue Brixtonchrome. Thanks for sharing. This should make it easier for me to examine my collection better too.

Chimo

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Brixtonchrome
09 Jan 2019
06:41:10pm
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You are most welcome. It is my hope that I can help collectors get more enjoyment out of their collections with my writing.

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Brixtonchrome
22 Jan 2019
07:24:36pm
re: The 1972-1978 Caricature Issue - An Overview

This week, I wanted to do a short post about the varieties found on the low value stamps. Although Unitrade does list a few constant varieties on the 8c Queen, and a few varieties on the booklet stamps, most of the flyspeck varieties that can be found are not listed.

Generally, the kinds of varieties that you can find on these stamps fall into one of the following categories:

1. Hairlines that run vertically through the design. These usually run all the way through the design from top to bottom and one stamp can often have several. I have found them on the 2c and 6c most often, but I suspect that they exist on all the stamps.

2. Stray dots and smudged blobs that appear either in the background, or on or around the portrait. These are what pretty well all the listed varieties are.

3. Broken, damaged, or missing design elements. The broken Tiara, damaged 1, missing 1 are some of the better known ones on the booklet stamps. However, the sheet stamps can be found with damaged lettering on the BABN printed sheet stamps.Interestingly, while I have found lots of these types of varieties on the BABN printed 8c, I have not ever found any on the BABN printed 7c.

4. Ink migration from one stamp onto another when printed se-tenant in a booklet. Examples would be the orange in the Queen's hair, ultramarine on the lettering of the 1c Macdonald and 6c Pearson, and the red in Laurier's hair.

5. Reverse offsets of part of the designs caused by ink transferring to the back of stamps from another sheet that was not quite dry.

Although many of the dot varieties are constant, this does not mean that if you have a complete sheet of 100 stamps that you are guaranteed a find. It turns out that many of these only occur on specific panes, and are only constant when all panes from a specific position in the press sheet layout are considered.

The pictures below show some of these types of varieties:

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This shows the short "d" in "Canada". If you look carefully you can just make out where the top of the "d" is supposed to be.

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This is a reverse offset of part of the 8c inscriptions on the back of the pane contained within a 25c booklet.

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A vertical hairline variety on the 2c Laurier stamp.

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1c and 6c booklet stamps showing transfer of the ultramarine ink from the 8c value, which is discolouring the inscriptions.

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A 2c Laurier booklet stamp showing red hair, from migration of ink from the 10c stamps.

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A 10c booklet stamp showing a large red blob on the 10.

These are just a few examples of the type of varieties that can be found on these issues. My post on my website this week lists the varieties that are specifically listed in Unitrade, describes them and contains other examples of varieties that can be found on these stamps. Sadly, I did not keep scans of all the varieties that I originally found, and I sold many of the varieties that I did find. So, this week's post has to be considered as a work-in-progress, which will grow, as I obtain more examples of varieties that I can scan.

Next week, I will look at some of the shade varieties that can be found on the stamps of this series.

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Liz
05 Feb 2019
12:20:30am
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Thank you so much for composing & sharing this information with us.

Liz

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jmh67
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05 Feb 2019
03:55:07am
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Many thanks from me, too, for this resource. But, please, can you switch off the automatic translations? The German one is so full of bad grammar that it makes my teeth hurt.

Martin

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Brixtonchrome
05 Feb 2019
06:19:42pm
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I am pleased that you like the resource, but I am not going to turn off the translations. I do realize that the translations are not perfect. I will be spending time gradually improving them, but as my goal is to make this information available to most all collectors around the world, I feel that something is better than nothing.

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