Need help with ID


This stamp is eluding me. I cannot find the Imperf. If someone out there can help with Scott Number that would be appreciated.

Thank you for your help


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  • Looks like a proof, possibly with a fraudulent cancel applied.
    I can only find another in 10c that is a proof pair listed as Scott #431, but not my area, so I could be wrong.
  • edited February 23 0 LikesVote Down
    I saw that 431 listed in the catalogue, but that has perf's and I saw nothing about an Imperf. Colnect and eBay don't have it listed. I didn't check Delcampe, I will do that.

    But in the meantime, might be a proof. I do have two of them with different cancels.

    Okay, I'm sorry I didn't check all avenues before coming out here! I found it on Delcampe. It is actually a cut square.

    That's what I get from not taking a much needed break!
  • edited February 23 0 LikesVote Down
    What about a cut square from postal stationery?

    I don't have a Higgins & Gage handy, but if someone does, they could check and see if there was an envelope or wrapper issued that this could be taken from.
  • Phil, that is what I found. A cut square. Had me banging my head. Plus a headache was already active!

    It looks like what I'd call an Aerogram for the US, so not necessarily an "envelope" per se. Yea, I guess that would be a wrapper.

    Thanks for confirming. Appreciate you.
  • Ah, that explains the margins. And the cancel.
  • It is a cut square of Higgins & Gage Wrapper # 58. Cat.v. .50 for entire.
  • Value dates 1970
  • Thank you, Franz. Very helpful information.

    Higgins & Gage, I'm not familiar with, is this only for Argentina?
  • Luree,

    It's a specialized cat for postal stationary.
  • Thank you. Lots learned today.
  • edited February 24 0 LikesVote Down
    Luree: It was a very ambitious attempt at a comprehensive catalog for worldwide postal stationery. It was published in various volumes. I bought it from Subway supply in probably the early 90's. And then the publishing just kind of petered out, as best as I could tell.

    I understand that a German or Swiss auction house bought it, I assume with plans to restart it, but, as far as I know, that did not happen.

    I'm sure someone can fill in the details that I don't know.

    Glad we could all collaborate on that. Almost felt like the old days on here!
  • Yes, it did feel like old times. I kinda miss that. But really great learning experience for me. I did snoop it out on Amazon and eBay, interesting books there. \

    Do you know if they made one for US postal stationery?
  • Luree,
    There are essentially 2 books that cover US Postal Stationary. First, the Scott US Specialized Catalog has full listings of all the US issues, and there is another book for Postal Stationary Essays and Proofs, which is the Catalog of United States Stamped Envelope Essays and Proofs. It is in 2nd edition updated 2019, by Dan Undersander. It was published by the United Postal Stationary Society.
  • Perfect as I have the Scott US Specialized. Thank you
  • Which year Luree?
  • 2021 digital. I have the real paper catalogue for 2011 and 2013.
  • Stick with the 2021 digital. It's also the last edition to have the "Yellow Pages" section starting around page 385 that lists values for different centering from VG to SUP. Very handy for accurate pricing of issues from 1 to 834 (after 834, Scott doesn't follow values for graded stamps, except for the 1053).
    That catalog also has the S in a red circle indicator for "Do Not Soak" as these are self-adhesive stamps, and use a different glue (polarized) which requires something to break it down. (i.e. water will not change the state, in the same way that lighter fluid doesn't change the state of gum on lick and stick stamps). Interestingly, lighter fluid WILL break down that adhesive, but it's a sticky mess.

    I have successfully soaked off "Do not soak" listed stamps by putting them into a bowl of room temperature water, and leaving them for 3+ days at a time. You can coax them off with a tong with pretty good success rates, and then wipe the back down with lighter fluid to get any remaining gum off if you're really inclined to remove them. A stiffer backing helps too (i.e. better success rate) than just a plane white envelope though. Pick your battles.
  • I have the best luck removing S/A stamps from envelopes using this method which has been on "You Tube" for quite some time.

    Pure Citrus Air Freshener (comes in a spray can, you can get it at Walmart. You need the Orange or Citrus scent.

    Cut the stamp from envelope and spray the back, wait a few minutes and the stamp will remove.

    Place the stamp gum side up on a hard, flat, smooth surface, I use a small piece of plexiglass, and sprinkle back lightly with talcum powder.

    Use an old credit card, or similar straight edge, to remove the adhesive from the stamp. When I'm finished I give all the stamps a quick bath just to remove any residue and place in soaking book.

    WD40 has a pen that works great also but it's rather expensive compared to the Orange Citrus.

  • Yeah, not available outside the US...
  • Will straight acetone or hexane work ( brake cleaners ) for example?
  • acetone should, but not sure of their chemical impact on inks.
  • edited February 26 2 LikesVote Down
    Acetone will break down certain types of inks. I wouldn't use it on stamps.
  • Thanks all for the suggestions on removing the gum on the modern stickers issued by the usps . Generally , I do not collect them at all , but will try several techniques.
  • edited March 8 0 LikesVote Down
    I guess you don't allow emoticon s......that's no fun
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