1952 Ashmun souvenir sheet C69a

I was looking at this spectacular sheet again the other day and thought I ought to find out more about it

However a cursory Google search revealed little other than a few technical details (date of issue, designer etc) which surprised me (but I may be looking in the wrong place)

Does anyone have any other information about the sheet?

For example:
* it's listed as a commemorating the founding of Liberia by Ashmun. However I can't tie 1952 in woth other key dates (Liberia independence 1847, Ashmun death 1828 etc)
* background to the design. It's a very unusual design to say the least
* any info on numbers produced and how it was sold?


  • Hi Mik,

    Not sure how useful Bileski propaganda is but I thought I would share what came in the collection I bought.

  • Travis

    As I commented it seems odd that so little has been written about the souvenir sheet

    I couldn't see anything in the LPS journal either
  • Further to this, I see in Saleski's publication that he lists

    a) Color proof of SS design without stamps (in black, deep green, blue, red)


    b) Color proof of SS. No stamps and stamp border in one of 8 colours

    Can anyone clarify what the difference is between the 2? (maybe with a scan?)

  • edited July 2018

    the SS is made up of the
    - SS design (the decoration/artwork around the stamps)
    - the stamp centers (printed in the same color as the decoration)
    - the stamp borders

    for b) it actually says "... no stamps and all stamp borders in ... [one of eight colors]" !
    I think this is important, because the colors refer to the stamp borders, not the design. I could be wrong, but this is my interpretation:

    Color proof a) consists of the artwork only in one of four colors, no stamp centers and no stamp borders.
    Color proof b) has the artwork in one color, no stamp centers, but all borders, and they are all printed in the same (one of eight) color.

    I believe proofs of type b) were sold a while ago on eBay.
  • Manfred

    thanks again
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