Friday, March 31, 2017

1944 SENTA, Proof sheet

From my article (see here): The overprinting was done in letterpress technique with a small, manually operated, printing machine called “Trigerica”. Five-pointed stars were cut out from the linoleum strip in horizontal setting (10x1) while inscriptions were composed of the lead letters. Overprints were done row by row, all five rows until complete half-sheet of 50 was overprinted. For some values - "Famous women" and Porto - smaller pieces were used. Overprints were done in multiple phases: first five-pointed star in red color and then on top of it text in black color.

1944 Senta local provisional issue, proof sheet. Certificate Veličković. Very rare.

Since stars were carved in linoleum strip by hand, they are not of ideal form nor are identical to each other. The first star is different from the second, the second from the third and so on. Also, note that the relative position between star and text is not constant and that each phase of each row has its own shift and rotation.

Friday, March 17, 2017

1945 ZAGREB, Late usage

Zagreb provisional issue has been in use for only six days, from 25th to 30th of Jun 1945. It is known that usage was tolerated for additional ten days, but only for official use.

1945 Zagreb provisional issue, stationery sent from Valpovo (12.VII.45) to Ljubljana. The stationery was not accepted for postage, so 1 Din was accounted for in cache and marked accordingly by rubber stamp. Very rare example of non official use after the expiry of postal validity.