Notes from the Past


Thin 'bank' letter paper, designed for lightweight foreign corrrespondence, and watermarked with parallel lines to facilitate neatness in writing.  Has often been used for stamp printing.  Basically, it may be either laid or wove, its chief characteristic being the guide lines, which are normally horizontal, but may be found vertical.

Laid Bâtonne

(Fr. vergé bâtonné) a bâtonné (q.v.) paper which has the spaces between the watermarked 'rules' filled with the characteristic laid pattern described in the previous Note From the Past on laid paper.

- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's Encyclopaedia
Published 1966
  Posted December 30, 1999 

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