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The Resources Definitive Issue of Newfoundland 1932-1949 Part 2

Today's post picks up where I left off last week on the 1932-1949 Resources issue of Newfoundland. It has been  remarkably popular topic, and rightly so, given the visual appeal of the stamps and the scope that the issue affords specialists. Plate Flaws and Re-Entries Plate Flaws There is only one constant plate variety listed in Unitrade for this series, and it is known as the "Broken A in Land" on the 3c carmine red Waterlow Printing. Ir comes from  position 49 in the sheets and an example is shown below: As you can see from the scan above, it is really nothing more than plate damage, that shows up as two distinct smudges inside the "A" of "Newfoundland". It is quite scarce and highly sought after by specialists.  Sheets of Newfoundland stamps are very scarce in general, so it is very difficult, if not impossible to plate many varieties that might be found on their stamps. Plating is generally required to prove conclusively tha

The Resources Definitive Issue of Newfoundland 1932-1949 Part 1

Today, I am veering off the beaten Canada path to post about Newfoundland stamps, having realized that it has been a long time since I wrote anything about Newfoundland. The issue that I will write about is the definitive issue that first appeared during King George V's reign in 1932, and was in use all the way until 1949 when Newfoundland joined confederation and became part of Canada Only a few countries in the Commonwealth have the distinction of having issued stamps whose designs remained almost entirely unchanged from the reign of King George V to King George VI. Bermuda issued a few stamps like this, as did Ireland and New Zealand. However, Newfoundland is one of the few stand-out colonies that did this as well. Except for a few low values, whose designs were changed to portraits of the royal family members, the set remained largely unchanged through the 17 year period. Because issue quantities of Newfoundland stamps were lower in general compared to Canadian issues of t