The Second Postage Due Issue of 1930-1933
Today's post will deal with a very highly neglected, but very beautiful group of stamps: the second postage due issue of 1930-1932. The postage dues in general are a very neglected field, probably because of the fact that they are located far in the back of most peoples albums. As we shall see, the five basic designs that were in use between 1906 and 1982, when postage due stamps were in use, provide an excellent basis for a challenging specialized collection that is off the beaten path.
This issue is very similar to the first issue and displays an impressive range in shades for all five values in the set. Some of the values like the 1c and 2c were produced in vast numbers, while others like the 5c and 10c were produced in surprisingly low numbers. In addition to shades, there are at least two different kinds of paper and at least four different kinds of gum. Today's post will look at these in detail.
This issue was printed by the British American Bank Note Company (BABN). I believe they were printed in sheets of 400 which were then cut into panes of 100.
The Stamps and Quantities Issued
- Vertical wove paper will bend easily from side to side,
- Horizontal wove paper will bend most easily from top to bottom.
- 1c - (5,334,000/400) x 2 = 26,670 blocks
- 2c - (10,758,000/400) x 2 = 53,790 blocks
- 4c - (2,443,000/400) x 2 = 12,215 blocks
- 5c - (523,000/400) x 4 = 5,230 blocks
- 10c - (309,000/400) x 2 = 1,545 blocks
- The 1c value can be found on redirected local first class letters to a non-local address, or on undeliverable third class mail.
- The 2c value would generally be found on shortpaid letters or postcards, where the deficiency was 1c. So given the re-introduction of the war tax in 1931, we would expect to see many of these on covers from late 1931 or 1932, where the old rates were still paid instead of the new ones.
- The 4c would be found on local first class letters where no postage was paid at all.