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Posted 04/11/2015   6:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add lithograving to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
In the early 1960's I was impressed by the quality
of the stamps of Japan printed in multicolour photogravure.

The Japan Government Printing Works produced stamps
not only for Japan but also the Ryukyu Islands and the
United Nations.

I bought some of the Stamp Week and Letter Writing Week
issues because I really liked the design and the
multicolour printing which was still fairly new for stamps
in those days.
Yes that's hard to believe compared to nowadays when almost
every stamp of any country is printed multicoloured ofset/litho
and very rare to see any issued in monochrome.

I even sent away to the Japan Philatelic Department in 1964
and bought what current commemoratives were available.

The amazing thing is that the majority of these Japanese
stamps have such a low catalog value and if I were younger I would
easily acquire a complete post WWII collection for probably
a very reasonable price.

The interesting thing for me is the quality and type of
photogravure printing by the Japan Government Printing Works
compared to lets say Harrison & Sons and Courvoisier.

Scott 757 1962



Look at the fine screening.



Scott 828 1964



The green and orange colours look unscreened photogravure.

The blue screening is at 90 whereas the purple is at 45

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I have those stamps and I am in total awe with like you. My collecting interests stop around 1945. Japan is the only country I have that goes into the 1970's. The 1960's are all worth having.
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1847bill, why don't you post some of yours here.

I find the Japanese definitives very interesting also
even though mine are all used and I don't have full sets.
Do you?


IMO this forum needs more posts of world wide
material compared to just US and Canada.
Not that there is anything wrong with US or Canadian stamps.

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Posted 04/11/2015   10:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lithograving to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here are a couple more of the annual Stamp Week issues.

Scott 728 1961




Scott 783 1963



I don't recall any country issuing stamps at that time
portraying paintings or prints in such a realistic way.

In the last few years of course with modern photolitho
presses some printers have matched this quality but
rarely surpassed it.


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I'm on a mobile phone now. I'll pop some up Monday. I need to open my book and find some goodies.
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Good thing to have Tokyo back in the picture! Thank you!
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Two more Japan Stamp Week issues.

Scott 814 1964



Scott 837 1965



Look at the detail created by the fine screening.
But also notice the colour shift of the blue, visible
by her face and at the border top and right side.

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Here is my last Letter Week stamp.

Scott 907 1967





Compare this to that below....

US Scott 1335 1967




First US photogravure stamp issued in 1967, printed by
Photogravure and Color Co. of Moonachie,NJ.
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