Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Finding a treasure trove of information
Authors: Kayfetz, Paul
Kayfetz, Barbara
Keywords: Printing plates -- Malta -- History
Postage-stamp printing -- Malta -- History
Engraving -- Printing -- Malta
Postage stamps -- Varieties -- Malta
Postage stamps -- Malta -- History -- 19th century
Postage stamps -- Malta -- History -- 20th century
Issue Date: 1987-12
Publisher: Malta Philatelic Society
Citation: Kayfetz, P., & Kayfetz, B. (1987). Finding a treasure trove of information. The PSM magazine, 16(3), 10-34.
Abstract: Many philatelists, the authors included, spend countless hours indirectly piecing together bits of information about the printing plates and processes which were used for various stamp issues. The process is painstaking and slow. It involves the assembly of stamps into larger units which, along with marginal bits, allow inferences to be drawn about the plates. Sometimes preparatory items, such as essays, die proofs, colour trials, plate proofs, or printer's record items provide additional clues. Those of us who savour digging into dusty archives find correspondence and invoices which provide additional data. The results of this indirect research, when compiled in one work, can be impressive. The Malta Study Circle Handbook is an example. It is considered a model of philatelic writing regarding a single country. The authors, luckily, have been afforded the chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to explore an original resource. This was a storage attic containing most of the printing plates, artists' original engraved dies, and transfer rollers for the Malta stamps printed between 1899 and 1937.
Appears in Collections:JMPS - 1987 - 16(3)

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
JMPS16(3)A4.pdf4.48 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in OAR@UM are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.