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  • These are the two copies from the former Varaschini collection: The ex-Cockrill stamp with the faint SEEPOST cancel is now in my possession. I don't know who bought the other stamp. There is also a note by Harald Liedtke about the #229 "large 2" …
  • Who knows what the old contract between J.W. West and Liberia looked like, but after an interruption of 6 years I could imagine they felt the need to differentiate between the stamps that had been seized by the British in 1914 and remainders that we…
  • Bryant, although this thread is about the 1918 pictorials, just for the sake of completeness: the date of issue of the 2c and 3c stamps isn't the only date Michel and the rest of the world have different opinions on. According to Michel, Scott #183-…
  • Bryant, I would love my stamp with the 1914 postmark to be postally used, but it has full gum.
  • In Bryant's posting, "1915" should read "1914". Liberia placed the order (with J.W. West acting as agent for Berlin) before the outbreak of World War I (July 28, 1914). The ordinary 2c and 3c stamps were sent ahead and arrived in time, while the res…
  • Bryant, I am afraid I was always trying so hard to find postally used that I neglected the early CTOs. My own stock consists of exactly one 1892 $5 stamp with this typical CTO postmark without date, and one 1880 24c stamp with a SON 12.FEB.98 cancel…
    in CTO Comment by Manfred March 31
  • C45: The surcharge does indeed exist in dark violet and in black, the obliterator line is always in black. The copy shown on philib.org has the violet surcharge, which is normal. The black surcharge is the variety. C48B: To my knowledge this surchar…
  • Travis, these two dates are from Michel. According to Michel, 378 ($1) was also issued on this date, and all the 1958 stamps were issued on August 1. Michel is probably right. I have a cover with 372 and 373 canceled on August 1, 1958. And yes, I sh…
  • The 30c only has 2/3, the $1 hardly gum at all on the back, but my own copies aren't much better. The brown paper varieties almost always have gum issues. The other stamps are LH to H. I haven't checked catalog values yet. Just let me know if you wa…
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  • The well placed inverted centers were obviously done intentionally. However, a shifted inverted center doesn't prove that it's an error. The printer would be smart enough to know that an inverted center not shifted into the frame when it should be i…
  • The dot varieties of the mustard shade are also worth mentioning. They can occur at various positions on the sheets and are semi-constant, i.e. some of them can be found on more than one sheet at the same position, but not on all sheets. I assume th…
  • The mustard shade is really much more yellow than the stamp in your scan. Your copy is a normal Scott #128a (there are 10 "pearls" above "REPUBLIC LIBERIA"), albeit in a very light shade of green. Please take a look at the scan below: a dark green v…
  • A lot of speculation can be found in the literature about the nature of the buff and brown paper varieties. I just received a copy of the 1932 edition of the once famous German "Senf" catalog, and while checking the old Liberia listing I came across…