Some Philatelic Firsts - Part III
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 third list dealt with stamp shapes.
Normal shape, vertical rectangle Great Britain 1840 Horizontal rectangle Brazil 1850 Rectangle, decorated Brazil 1844 Rectangle, sides curved Roman States 1852 Square, normal Bavaria 1849 Square, on corner Nova Scotia
1851 Triangle, right-angle isosceles, on hypotenuse Cape of Good Hope 1853 Triangle, right-angle isosceles, on point Latvia 1921 Triangle, right-angle, on hypotenuse Columbia 1869 Triangle, equilateral, on side Columbia 1865 Triangle, equilateral, on point Austria 1916 Diamond, long axis horizontal Somali Coast 1894 Diamond, long axis vertical Lithuania 1923 Octagon, elongated vertically Great Britain 1847 Octagon, elongated horizontally Roman States 1852 Octagon, true Portugal
1853 Octagon, true, perforated as octagon Thessaly 1898 Circle Roman States 1852 Ellipse, vertical New South Wales 1856 Map of the country, die cut Sierra Leone 1964 Heart shape, die cut Tonga 1961 Ellipse, vertical New South Wales 1856 Shield Argentina 1867 Star, six points Columbia 1865
Posted September 24, 2000
Editor's Note: There have been more shapes added in recent years.
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