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2019-07-23
United States Stamps and Confederate States
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Sale Number 1206, Lot Number 404, 1909 Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 357-366)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). H.r., intense shade on deeply blued paper, Fine, large purple backstamp, with 1992 P.F. certificate

2,600
1,300
United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
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2019-07-23
United States Stamps and Confederate States
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Sale Number 1206, Lot Number 405, 1909 Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 357-366)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Rich color on nicely blued paper, Fine, blue "Stanley Gibbons Inc." backstamp, with 1974 P.F. certificate

2,600
1,400
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2019-06-26
2019 Rarities of the World
2083
PSE 85
 
Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2083, 1908-15 Issues13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Exceptionally well-centered, fresh color, lightly cancelled

EXTREMELY FINE. A PARTICULARLY CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 13-CENT BLUISH PAPER ISSUE.

Ex Helton. With 1978 P.F. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $3,500.00). Only three grade higher with two equal

4,000
2,100
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2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 209, 1908-10 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 331-366), One of three recorded top plate blocks of the 13¢ Bluish Paper Issue

DESCRIPTION

13¢ Bluish Green, Bluish (365), full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 4948 block of six, lightly hinged, deep rich color on nicely blued paper, unusually wide margins for this issue

PROVENANCE

Rudolph G. Wunderlich, Siegel Auction Galleries, 2/9-11/1971, Sale 389, lot 636, to Louis Grunin

Louis Grunin, Siegel Auction Galleries, 11-30/1971-12/1/1971, Sale 404, lot 163

"Southern Cross" collection, Greg Manning Auctions, 3/22-23/1993, lot 958

"MLG" collection, Siegel Auction Galleries, 4-21/2009, Sale 971, lot 1604, to William H. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine and choice

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$60,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Bluish Paper Experiment

The Bluish Paper stamps were first produced in early 1909 to remedy problems in manufacturing and handling. The first problem was the effect of paper shrinkage on the perforation process, which the Third Assistant Postmaster General's report specifically noted as the reason for the experimental paper. The second reason is found in a letter dated February 16, 1909, from the Third Assistant Postmaster General, A. L. Lawshe, to the BEP director, Joseph E. Ralph, which states that the 1¢ and 2¢ stamps would be placed on sale at the Washington, D.C., post office, to determine if "they display less tendency to curl than the stamps made of the regular wood pulp paper."

Paper shrinkage was the result of a necessary step in the printing process. In intaglio printing the sheet of paper was moistened before the impression was made, because the dampened paper picked up more of the ink in the recessed lines of the metal plate. After the sheet dried, the paper would shrink slightly, causing the rows of individual stamp subjects to fall out of alignment with the fixed rows of perforation pins. Postal officials reported that 9% of stamps were unsatisfactory due to paper shrinkage. The curling and splitting problem occured after the sheets were perforated and divided into panes. As the gum dried, it pulled along the grain of the paper, causing each row of stamps to curl. Down the line, panes had a tendency to split apart along the perforations, making it difficult to package them for distribution or handle them at post offices.

On February 1, 1909, the BEP director notified the Third Assistant Postmaster General that a supply of 1¢ and 2¢ stamps had been printed on an experimental rag paper stock, which the BEP developed to resolve the production and handling problems. The experimental paper--10,000 sheets in total--had 30% to 35% rag cloth added to the wood-pulp mixture. Ultimately, the rag stock did not prove to be an effective remedy and was discontinued. Better results were subsequently obtained by modifying the spacing of the six outside vertical rows on the plates (known as "Star" plates). The stamps' distinctive grayish paper was first described as having "a bluish cast." The report of the Third Assistant Postmaster General (for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1909) described the experimental stamps as having a "slightly bluish tinge," and the moniker Bluish Paper entered philatelic lexicon permanently.

All Bluish Paper stamps were printed from plates of 400 subjects on the Hoe & Company four-plate intaglio press, which increased the speed of production through simultaneous tasking. The Hoe press had four positions and rotated. For this reason there are at least four plate numbers for each Bluish Paper stamp. Each sheet of 400 was divided into four panes.

Lewis Kaufman records seven plate blocks of the 13¢ Bluish Paper--three from the top, three from the left and one from the bottom. In addition to these plate blocks, there is one complete pane of 100 in private hands (plate number 4942 upper left, ex Weill Brothers' Stock) and another complete pane (plate number 4945 upper right) is in the "Postmaster General's Collection" at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, which is the pane reported by Boggs from the Post Office Department files.

E. 20,000-30,000
24,000
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U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
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2018-11-14
United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii
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PSE 75
PF 75
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Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 445, 1909 Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 357-366)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Lightly hinged, rich color on deeply blued paper, fresh and Very Fine, ex Dr. Killien, with 1993, 2012 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (last two graded OGph, F-VF 75; unpriced in SMQ, SMQ $1,850.00 as 70 and $2,600.00 as 80)

2,600
1,600
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U.S. Stamps
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2018-11-14
United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii
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Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 446, 1909 Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 357-366)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). H.r., intense shade on deeply blued paper, Fine, with 2017 P.S.E. certificate

2,600
1,100
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U.S. Stamps
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2018-11-14
United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii
 
Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 447, 1909 Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 357-366)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Deep rich color on nicely blued paper, unobtrusive cancel at top right, Very Fine, with 1978 P.F. and 2018 P.S.E. certificates

4,000
1,100
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U.S. Stamps
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Washington-Franklin Issues
2018-07-25
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1187, Lot Number 535, 1909 Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 357-366)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Rich color on nicely blued paper, well-centered with attractive margins, Very Fine, purple backstamp

2,600
1,800
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U.S. Stamps
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2018-07-25
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1187, Lot Number 536, 1909 Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 357-366)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Rich color, fresh and Very Fine, with 1987 P.F. certificate

2,600
1,500
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U.S. Stamps
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2018-04-11
The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 329, 1909 Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 357-366)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Rich color on deeply blued paper, reperfed at top, Fine appearance, with 1996 P.F. certificate

2,600
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