Canada #268-271 8c Red Brown - 20c Greenish Black 1946-1951 Peace Issue - Specialized Lot of 8 VF NH Stamps

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An interesting and attractive specialized grouping of 8 very fine NH (VF-75 to VF-84) stamps covering some of the paper, shade and gum varieties of the 8c through 20c stamps of the 1946-1950 Peace issue. 

As explained in the blog article here, this issue exists with a variety of different papers and gums as well as some subtle differences in shades. I'm not sure why Unitrade does not list any of these, because they are fairly easy to see, once you know what to look for. 

This lot includes some, but not all of the varieties that exist. In terms of papers, generally you can find:

  1. A white paper that is crisp and smooth and has no distinct mesh. 
  2. A cream paper that is still soft, but thicker and which shows some horizontal weave on the back, and quite often on the front.
  3. A greyish crisp wove paper with no distinct mesh.
  4. A thicker cream paper with light horizontal ribbing visible on the back.
  5. A thin, almost transparent horizontal ribbed paper. This is listed in Unitrade for the 14c and C9, being very rare.

In terms of gum, there are at least five types, possibly more. Some study will be required to establish whether these were used in succession over the life of the issue or whether they were used concurrently throughout the life of the issue. Looking at the gum types on the previous issue, the 1942-1949 War issue, and the subsequent issue, the 1949-1952 Postes Postage issue there is some evidence to suggest that they follow a sequence throughout the life of the issue. The types usually seen, which may or may not be found on more than 1 paper type are:

  1. A cream coloured mottled gum with a satin sheen.
  2. A shiny cream coloured gum with a semi-gloss sheen.
  3. A streaky cream coloured gum with a satin sheen.
  4. A yellowish gum that has a semi-gloss sheen and 
  5. A cream coloured smooth gum that has a satin sheen

In terms of shades. the varieties are subtle, but with careful comparison, you can usually spot some clear differences. The best way to see these is to compare the two stamps and relax your overall gaze and look at the overall appearance of the stamp. If you do this you will generally see:

  1. The red brown of #268 varies in brightness and intensity and can also be found in a brown shade that lacks the bright red undertone.
  2. The olive colour of #269 varies in both brightness and intensity as well as the amount of yellow and the amount of grey in the colour. 
  3. The sepia of #270 varies in intensity as well as how warm or cold the shade appears. 
  4. The greenish black of #271 varies in terms of brightness as well as how much green there is versus how much black there is in the shade.
  5. The bluish green of #272 varies in brightness and intensity. 
  6. The rose-violet of #273 shows by far the most variation, with some shades containing more rose and others containing more claret. 

The Unitrade catalogue value of the stamps in this lot is $47.25. A wonderful opportunity to start a new specialized branch of your collection with an issue that you may not have given much thought to before. The Peace issue is quite an interesting set, even though it does offer less scope than the other definitive sets of the period. 

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