Columbian Envelope Dies
much philatelic reading matter is published that many of us never
digest it all and oftentimes a valuable article is apt to be
overlooked. I have just gotten around to a remarkable study
of the die varieties of U. S., 1893, Columbian Envelopes, published by
F. L. Ellis, in the Stamp Specialist "Chartreuse Book," June,
1948. He goes far beyone the old "four die" types of
meridians and periods, but what amazes me is that these die varieties
were always there but no one
seems to have bothered working them out. I can't see how
anyone interested in the Columbian envelope dies can can manage
without recourse to this
wonderful article. An accolade is due and I hope these notes
will contribute to the bouquet F. L. Ellis deserves for Accomplishment
- George B. Sloane
March 22, 1952
Posted July 22, 1999
Editor's note: F. L. Ellis and William H.
Maisel updated the original Ellis study in serial form in "U.S.
Commemorative and Special Printed Envelopes: 1876-1965" published in
the April through July, 1974, issues
of The American Philatelist.
This study was subsequently published as a monograph. The
Ellis study was further updated and expanded by Lawrence A. Schei, "A
New Classification of the Columbian Envelopes," published
in the May, 1992, American Philatelist.
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