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Posted 12/30/2016   07:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Galeoptix to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
This set of stamps had been described badly from the very beginning as far as paper goes!

Mentioned in the Handbook "Polskie Znaki Pocztowe" of 1960:



As far as paper goes it just says that it has either cream, rough surfaced, thick paper or white, smooth, thick paper!






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Posted 12/30/2016   07:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Galeoptix to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In the more recent Handbook by Kie#322;basa-Schoeni/Fo#322;ta:



As to paper it mentions a type of paper with a clear sieve structure when you hold it against a light source OR just no structure to be seen at all.


Both handbooks omitted the fact that at least 2 values had been printed of paper containing woodchips. And apart from this type of paper another 3 types of wood-free paper had been used.

1st type of paper:

http://www.galeoptix.nl/fila/polska...zewny_00.jpg



http://www.galeoptix.nl/fila/polska...zewny_04.jpg

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Posted 12/30/2016   07:15 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Galeoptix to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I found just the 20gr and 40 gr so far.

http://www.galeoptix.nl/fila/polska...zewny_02.jpg





This 1st type of paper has a symmetrical sieve structure.

http://www.galeoptix.nl/fila/polska...zewny_06.jpg

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Excellent study.

I think this is symptomatic of the philatelic situation in Poland & other communist countries of this period. Even though they were mostly commercially used, the stamps were basically propaganda items & hence not seriously studied at the time. Thematics were the big deal so you had endless displays of "Lenin & his Idea", Copernicus, Madame Curie, etc. to the point where you had booklets written on how to put together a Copernicus display & hence they would all look remarkably similar.

Looking at the only readily available Polish stamp magazine "Filatelista", there were countless articles on symposiums, meetings & their decisions & the like, in some issues there are barely any valuable philatelic articles apart from the new issues & the info therein would be taken as gospel without any further study.

In 1960 the 5-part tome "Polskie Znaki Pocztowe" was published, a seriously major work to be sure, but nary a word about the numerous perf. varieties of the mid 50s photogravure stamps.

It's only in the past 20 years that this material has been studied & catalogued & I'm sure that there is much more like the Dni Krakowa paper varieties to be uncovered. Apart from the "blocked " issues, these stamps were all commercially used & there's tons of them out there waiting to be studied, mine are sitting in a large box in my study.

Where they have been sitting for about 9 years.

Here's my Dni Krakowa page.

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YeaPolska,

you're right! A lot to be done.

For the last decennium I am passing my findings to the authors of the new Handbook - Adam Kie#322;basa-Schoeni and Staszek Fo#322;ta.

Szcz#281;#347;liwego Nowego Roku! Happy New Year, Rein
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