"From my Collection"
Some interesting examples from our collections



As stamp collectors, most of us are probably familiar with the various printing methods employed in stamp production, but these two items of postal stationery from Ceylon to which additional stamps have been added seem to strikingly illustrate the different techniques.


The new definitives issued by Ceylon following its independence in 1948, appeared in the form of two separate and distinctive sets of stamps. The first to appear were six recess-printed pictorial stamps from Bradbury, Wilkinson issued on 4 February 1950 and these were joined by twelve very different photogravure pictorials issued over 1951-54 from the Swiss firm, Courvoisier who were renowned for the quality of their products.


These two postal stationery items bear stamps from these two printers, and show the contrast between the two printing methods as well as with the typograpy method of printing used to produced the impressed stamp on each item - that on the stamped envelope bearing the head of Queen Elizabeth II  seems to me to have an almost "primitive" quality, in marked contrast to the 2 cent Courviosier stamp. I think it was this that caught my eye and caused me to buy the item when browsing a dealer's box one day.


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Ceylon 3 cent Queen Elizabeth II Post Card sent from Kandy to Denmark on 18 September 1956. Two 6c Courvoisier stamps have been added to make up the 15 cent foreign postcard rate.
The writer of the card says she is 20 and collects stamps and postcards. She would like to correspond with the lady oin Denmark whose nasme she found from in "Colombo Special" pamphlet.
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Ceylon 10 cent Queen Elizabeth II postal stationery envelope sent from  to London on  12 April 1962.  3 x 4c Waterlow recess-printed stamps and 1 x 3c Courvoisier photogravure stamp have been added to make up the rate.
Like the stamps, this envelope was first released inscribed CEYLON at the top but by this time both had been re-engraved with the main inscriptions in Sinhalese rather than English.