PRINTING VARIETIES IN THE POST WAR PHOTOGRAVURE
DEFINITIVE STAMPS OF AUSTRIA


 
   

This is a study in the variations and errors which occur in the photogravure printing of stamps. It uses the senic definitive set issued by Austria in the mid 1940s. This set has several advantages.

(1) It was produced in the early post war environment when resources were stretched thin, making it easy to find a wide and interesting array of varieties.

(2) High volumes of many of these stamps were printed, creating printing problems while making the set relatively inexpensive and easy to collect.

(3) Most of the stamps in the series were printed in two or three different colors, making it easier to document the appearance and persistence of varieties.

Select the links below to see detailed illustrations of the listed variations.