Paper Reference Collection
In The Stamp Specialist Number Four published by H. L. Lindquist in 1940, there is a good article on "Paper" by James Obrig. It provides "A non technical history and description of the more common paper types as used in Philately." The original volume includes a number of small 3x5 sheets of most of the various papers. He concludes with the following listing of a selected list of relatively inexpensive stamps which could be gathered to make a reference collection showing examples of the various papers.
Type of Paper Country Scott Number and Description
White Wove United States 158 3¢ Green Washington 1873
(or any stamp from 1922 on)
Silk Paper United States Revenue R15d 2¢ Orange Internal Revenue Laid Paper Afghanistan
262 20p Red Independence Monument
421 300r Purple Brown View of Cametà
Laid Batonné Afghanistan 109 Handstamped 1ab Violet dated 1298 Wove Batonné Afghanistan 125 Handstamped 1rup Black Brown
Chalk Paper Hong Kong 75 8c Violet and Black King Edward VII Thick Chalk Paper India -- Kishangarh 38 ¼a Pale Blue Maharaja Madan Singh Granite Paper Austria
51 1kr Dark Gray Emperor Franz Josef
127 ½s Brown
Pelure Paper Bulgaria
39 10s Red Small Coat of Arms
10 5k Carmine First Design
Silk Thread Paper Bavaria 2 3kr Blue Numeral 3 Thin Paper
40 1c Bister Coat of Arms
1 ½p Blue and Vermillion Coat of Arms
Glazed Paper India (East India Co.)
India -- Barwani
9 (or 10) 4a Black Victoria
9 ¼a Dull Ultra(marine?) Rana Ranjit Singh
Nepal 10 ½a Black Siva's Bow and Two Khurkis
Caution: I have tried to make adjustments in the catalogue number as there have been a number of changes in the intervening sixy years. These numbers and descriptions are from Scott's 1997 edition. The descriptions should help the user of other catalogues. If you review the catalogue listings nearby carefully there may other stamps which are equally suitable.
Posted April 17, 2000
Editor's Note: I hope the table method above works for the reader. If not, I apologize.
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