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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
United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2017-02-28
The Barry K. Schwartz Collection of U.S. 1909 Bluish Paper Issue
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Sale Number 1148, Lot Number 144, Thirteen-Cent Bluish Green (Scott 365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Block of four, bottom right stamp Mint N.H., others lightly hinged, deep rich color

A FINE AND SCARCE BLOCK OF THE 13-CENT 1909 BLUISH PAPER ISSUE.

With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for a hinged block is $11,500.00, but value and one Mint N.H. single and three hinged singles is higher at

13,800
4,750
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2017-02-28
The Barry K. Schwartz Collection of U.S. 1909 Bluish Paper Issue
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Sale Number 1148, Lot Number 146, Thirteen-Cent Bluish Green (Scott 365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Top imprint and plate no. 4945 block of six with wide selvage, positions 1 and 4-6 Mint N.H., small h.r. straddling positions 2-3, rich color on deep Bluish Paper, top row with unusually wide margins and choice centering

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE WIDE TOP PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 1909 13-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER.

Lewis Kaufman records seven plate blocks of the 13c 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 (4942 UL, ex Weill Stock) and another complete pane (4945 UR) 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.

This plate block was probably acquired by W. Parsons Todd from one of the original dispersals, circa 1910-14, and was owned by him for more than 60 years, thus explaining its extraordinary freshness.

Ex Todd. With 2017 P.F. certificate

60,000
35,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2015-04-28
The Robert R. Hall Collection of Outstanding United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1096, Lot Number 612, 1909 Bluish Paper Issue, 1909 Commemoratives (Scott 357-369)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Block of four, lightly hinged, deep rich color on nicely blued paper, each stamp almost perfectly centered with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB LIGHTLY-HINGED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 13-CENT BLUISH PAPER. PROBABLY THE FINEST BLOCK IN EXISTENCE.

The use of Bluish paper was an experiment to remedy the problem of paper shrinkage. Because most Bluish Paper stamps are difficult to find in centered, lightly-hinged condition, the majority of high-quality multiples have been broken to satisfy collector demand. The survival of this block during the heyday of blockbusting is remarkable.

With 1964 and 2001 P.F. certificates

11,500
10,500
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U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2013-03-26
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1040, Lot Number 1741, 1909 Bluish Paper Issue (Scott 357-366)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Block of four, top stamps h.r., detailed impression on nicely blued paper, few trivial perf separations at top

FINE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 13-CENT BLUISH PAPER ISSUE.

Bottom left stamp with Economist Stamp Co. handstamp.

11,500
4,750
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U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2009-04-21
The MLG Collection of United States Plate Blocks
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Sale Number 971, Lot Number 1602, 10c-15c on Bluish Paper (Scott 364-366)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Left imprint and plate no. 4945 block of six with wide selvage, center stamps Mint N.H., deep rich color on strongly blued paper

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 13-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER. A MARVELOUS RARITY IN OUTSTANDING CONDITION.

Lewis Kaufman records seven plate blocks for this issue -- three from the top, three from the left and one from the bottom. A top plate block is also contained in the pane of 100 offered in the Weill sale, and a used top plate was offered in the Todd sale.

Ex Eno and Wampler. With 1974 P.F. certificate. Scott Catalogue as a plate block is irrelevant for a block such as this which contains two Mint N.H. stamps. Scott Retail as singles $26,000.00. Scott Retail as hinged plate block.

30,000
52,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2009-04-21
The MLG Collection of United States Plate Blocks
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Sale Number 971, Lot Number 1603, 10c-15c on Bluish Paper (Scott 364-366)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Bottom imprint and plate no. 4945 block of six, deep rich color on nicely blued paper

FRESH AND FINE. A RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 13-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER. THIS BOTTOM POSITION PLATE BLOCK IS REPORTEDLY UNIQUE.

Lewis Kaufman records seven plate blocks for this issue -- three from the top, three from the left and one from the bottom. A top plate block is also contained in the pane of 100 offered in the Weill sale, and a used top plate was offered in the Todd sale.

With 1975 P.F. certificate. Offered in our 1969 and 1972 Rarities sales.

30,000
12,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2009-04-21
The MLG Collection of United States Plate Blocks
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Sale Number 971, Lot Number 1604, 10c-15c on Bluish Paper (Scott 364-366)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Top imprint and plate no. 4948 block of six with wide selvage, lightly hinged, deep rich color on nicely blued paper, unusually wide margins for this issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE WIDE TOP PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 13-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER.

Lewis Kaufman records seven plate blocks for this issue -- three from the top, three from the left and one from the bottom. A top plate block is also contained in the pane of 100 offered in the Weill sale, and a used top plate was offered in the Todd sale.

30,000
47,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
2004-06-12
2004 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 878, Lot Number 491, 1908-23 Issues13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Block of four, lightly hinged, deep rich color on nicely blued paper, each stamp almost perfectly centered with well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB LIGHTLY-HINGED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 13-CENT BLUISH PAPER. PROBABLY THE FINEST BLOCK IN EXISTENCE.

The use of Bluish paper was an experiment to remedy the problem of paper shrinkage. Because most Bluish Paper stamps are difficult to find in centered, lightly-hinged condition, the majority of high-quality multiples have been broken to satisfy collector demand.

With 1964 and 2001 P.F. certificate

13,000
18,000
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U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
Washington-Franklin Issues
1998-03-18
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 798, Lot Number 444, Louisiana-Purchase and 1908-10 Issues13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365), 13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365)13c Bluish Green, Bluish (365). Block of four, rich color on nicely blued paper, mount-glazed o.g. caused by exposure to moisture while in a glassine mount, left stamps each with natural inclusion, faint hs on one, Fine-Very Fine, a very scarce block

12,000
5,750
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