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earwaves
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19 Jan 2021
11:59:14am
What do the A "stereo" numbers on the back of Mulreadys designate? What's the difference, for example, between an A67 and an A 211? I couldn't even find that information in my venerable Huggins reference book.


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Harvey
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19 Jan 2021
12:36:19pm
re: Mulready Question

I'n not an expert, by any means, but when I see an N# I assume it's Scott's reference to their diagram number. I use it myself when just referring to a stamp in general from a Scott's catalog.

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sheepshanks
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19 Jan 2021
12:42:21pm
re: Mulready Question

Possibly a printers mark to indicate the print run?

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nigelc
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19 Jan 2021
02:00:47pm
re: Mulready Question

The Mulready envelopes were printed in sheets of twelve in four rows of three.

These sheets were printed using a "forme" which consisted of twelve "stereos" with each stereo having been cast from the original brass engraving.

I guess the forme was effectively a composite plate made up from these twelve components.

Under each stereo is printed a stereo number. You can see this printed over (or under depending how you look at it) the large word POSTAGE on the back of the envelope.

For the 1d envelopes and letter sheets a small number of different formes were produced with different stereo numbers.

The 2d envelopes and letter sheets each used only a single forme.

The 1d envelopes and letter sheets have stereo numbers starting with "A" and the 2d stereo numbers start with "a".

My one and only Mulready example is a 2d envelope from stereo "a 202".

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nigelc
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19 Jan 2021
02:09:24pm
re: Mulready Question

Hi earwaves,

"A 67" was used in Forme 3 of the 1d letter sheet.

"a 211" was a replacement stereo used in the forme for the 2d envelope.

All this info comes from SG's GB Specialised catalogue Volume 1.

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19 Feb 2021
08:03:19am
re: Mulready Question

Thanks, everyone, for another educational batch of responses!

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