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Guam Guard Mail Second Issue M3 - M4

 
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On July 10, 1930, Guam Guard Mail issued two stamps depicting the Guam coat of arms. This was necessary because since the first issue had run out and the new supply of stamps had not arrived from the Philippines. According to 1st Lieutenant J. A. Stuart, the Superintendent of Guam Guard Mail, it was 'due to a shortage of the Philippine stamps which came about on account of irregular mail contact with the Manila, P.I.'

These 1-cent and 2-cents are bi-color black and red, perforated 11, and issued without gum. On the one cent stamp the coat of arms was printed in black and the words 'GUAM GUARD MAIL', 'ONE CENT', and the denomination were printed in red. On the two cent stamp the coat of arms was printed in red and the words 'GUAM GUARD MAIL', 'TWO CENT', and the denomination were printed in black. 1,000 of 1 cent and 4,000 of the 2 cent were issued is sheets of 25. The words mentioned above and the denomination were printed on each sheet using a printing plate of 25, but there was only one electrotype of the new Guam seal and that had be applied for each of the 5,000 stamps individually which one can guess was quite time consuming.

The paper use was standard 8x11 stock with a 'CLEVELAND BOND' watermark. It was perforated using a 'GEM' single line perforating machine. This necessitated running the sheets separately for the horizontal and vertical perforations. Since the dies were badly worn, the perforations are rough and poorly executed.








M4 Sheet of 25 error with a 26th impression of the Guam Seal




To see information on the first issue of Guam Guard Mail please look here: http://goscf.com/t/68989
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