Some Philatelic Firsts - Part I
Richard McP. Cabeen, in his book, Standard Handbook of Stamp Collecting, provides some lists of philatelic firsts which he suggests might make a nice collection of the historical and educational aspects of stamps. His first list dealt with technical aspects of stamp manufacture.
Engraved, black 1 penny Great Britain 1840 Engraved, Color, 2 pence Great Britain 1840 First engraved, in multicolor Basle, Switzerland 1847 Engraved and Embossed Great Britain 1847 Photogravure Bavaria 1814 Typographed France, Bavaria 1849 Lithographed Victoria 1850 Typeset, as a handstamp British Guiana 1850 Typeset in printing plate Hawaii 1851 Embossed without color Sardinia 1854 Lithographed and embossed Sardinia 1854 Typographed and embossed Sardinia 1855 Typewritten Uganda 1895 Blueprint, Mafeking Cape of Good Hope 1900 Offset Lithography United States 1918
To change value, semiofficial, carrier United States 1846 To change value, manuscript 5 Hawaii 1853 Overprint to indicate value Mauritius 1854 To change value, "Y ¼, " printed Cuba, et al. 1855 To change the country, overprint on India Straits Settlements 1869 To indicate the use, postage Natal 1869 For special user, officials Luxembourg 1875
Experimental roulette, Archer Great Britain 1848 Experimental perforation, gauge 16 Great Britain 1850 Official perforation, gauge 16 Great Britain 1854 Perforation outside of England Sweden, India 1855 Serpentine and serrate roulettes Victoria 1853 Roulette, and pin roulette Victoria 1856
To Be Continued
Posted September 22, 2000
Editor's Note: I'm sure if this were updated today, there would be additions for the many new printing technologies which have been introduced in the last half of the 20th century.
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