Sunday 8 April 2018

I Focus... On the 1d Yellow Ochre (Part 2)

In my previous blog post I launched a new series focusing on the life and times of the 1d yellow ochre Machin head stamp. In that blog I discovered the subtle difference between head types A and B, and I also discussed the first use of coil printings for this stamp. To check out Part 1 click HERE


In this blog we are going to open the cover as it were on 1ds in booklet form.  The 1d first appeared in booklet form on 25 March 1968. This was the first booklet in a series featuring different explorers on the various covers. This first booklet featured the portrait of David Livingstone and its total value was 10/-. The 1d in this booklet was printed in a single pane of 6 stamps. The stamps in this booklet have 2 phosphor bands and PVA gum (Please note that the head type of the 1d is type B throughout all the following booklets).


Then on 6 April the humble 1d made an appearance in a new type of booklet with a total value of 2/-. This time it was printed in a horizontal se-tenant arrangement of 2 x 1d and 2 x 3d. The stamps in this booklet have 2 phosphor bands and PVA gum.  


On 16 September 1968 a new explorer booklet came on the market. The cover of this booklet features Robert Scott the explorer and had a total value of 10/-. In this booklet the 1d appears in a single pane comprising 4 x 1d se-tenant with a vertical pair of 4d stamps. The stamps in this pane have one centre phosphor band and PVA gum.


As if that weren't enough, our 1d friend made one final appearance in booklet form in a continuation of the explorer series which ran from February to November 1969. The covers of these booklets bore Mary Kingsley and Ernest Shackleton. In this series the pane configuration is the same as the last, but the 4d stamps have had a colour change to vermilion. Additionally, the 4 1d stamps have 2 phosphor bands. 

There is a lot of detailed information in this blog, and since I am still a novice Machin collector, there may be some mistakes. If there are any mistakes, do let me know in the comments. Additionally, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank Mervin Wallace for the use of his booklet images. Much appreciated.

Until next time...

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