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Grenada - Frame Printed Double, One Albino


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1938 10s. blue-black and carmine, “Badge of the Colony”

The top value of the 1938 Geo VI Definitive issue is a 10s. bi-colour stamp, a framed sailing ship, the Badge of the Colony. Recess printed by De La Rue in several printings during years 1938-1947, Stanley Gibbons lists seven different printings varying in perforations, frame size and shades. There is also very rare variety - frame printed double, one albino (SG 163ea) - in the 1943 printings. In this case probably two sheets of paper were fed into the press during printing the frame. The sheet that received only the albino impression was subsequently again fed into the press receiving a second, inked impression.

An Albino Impression is a term given to an un-inked printing impression that was supposed to be inked. It is basically identical to embossing. An albino impression can occur if printing takes place when no ink has been applied or two sheets of paper are fed into the press at the same time but only one sheet receives the ink from the printing plate and the other sheet receives only the pressure of the design through the thickness of the paper. Partial albino impressions are often caused by corners of the sheets being folded over or pieces of paper becoming interposed between the sheet and the printing plate. Because of their origin albino impressions usually occur on recess printed stamps or typographed overprints and surcharges.




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