The Stickney rotary press was a web-fed wet paper intaglio (recess engraved) printing press that was invented by Benjamin R. Stickney who was an employee of the U.S. Government Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) in Washington DC.
There were two different sizes of presses: The small size with U.S. patent # 1,115,127 which was used to print U.S. coil stamps and the large size press with U.S. patent # 1,378,386 which was used to print U.S. sheet and booklet stamps.
In addition to printing U.S. stamps, the Stickney press was used to print the stamps of Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Czechoslovakia and Sweden. The Scott numbers are arranged by consecutive sequence rather than by stamp sets in that a group of numbers may cover several sets or part sets depending on the stamps.
The purpose of this posting is to list all of the different stamps printed by the Stickney press from the U.S. and these aforementioned countries since all of these stamps are not listed together in one place.
Jojil, You state that "The Stickney rotary press was used to print [say, Belgium, etc] postage stamps from [year]....."
Just so that I am clear.... was the Stickney press only ever installed at BEP USA from where these foreign stamps were printed, or were the Stickney presses that printed the stamps of Belgium, Cuba, Sweden, etc., bought by and used in all of the countries that you list? GLENN
all stamps mentioned were printed on Stickney presses in the stamp printing houses of the countries mentioned as far as I know with a possible exception of Cuba... And Canal Zone and Philippines of course.
The Belgian stamps printed on a Stickney have comb perforations which means they overcame the problem of wetting the paper before printing and then suffering from the shrinking of that paper... The perforation gauge was quite different and the perforation was not appplied in-line but on a separate machine.
True, that is what I got from cutting and pasting "the" there. Several different countries did buy the press to print their own stamps in their own country like Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Czechoslovakia and Sweden. The BEP only Stickney press printed U.S., Canal Zone and Philippine stamps. Cuba printed its own Stickney press stamps. Interestingly, when the German protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia was issuing stamps, this press was used since it was used to print Czechoslovakia stamps before and also after WWII. Thus, there are Hitler stamps that were printed by the Stickney rotary press from Bohemia and Moravia (Czechoslovakia). I don't know if Benjamin R. Stickney would have approved of these Hitler stamps since he lived past WWII (1871-1946) and many pro U.S. war related WWII U.S. stamps were printed by his press by the BEP.