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Watermark On Prexy 832B

 
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Posted 09/18/2020   10:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add lpmiller to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I recently acquired what I was told was an #832b, but am having difficulties seeing the watermark. I really don't know what I'm looking for so I could use some help. I'm familiar with US watermarks on the Washington/Franklins which are often times weak and incomplete, but don't know if I should expect the same with this item. Is the watermark a single line or double line watermark, or something entirely different? Is it common to see only a tiny piece of one of the USIR letters. Are they commonly off-center and are they horizontal in alignment on the stamp? Look forward to hearing from someone on this. Thanks.
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Posted 09/18/2020   11:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The USIR watermark is very similar to the double-line USPS. Here is a normal 832 on top of a Special Tax Stamp printed on the USIR paper. You are correct that any 832b stamp may have a full letter or only small bits of the letters depending on how it fell on the paper.



(I do not know if the orientation should be horizontal or vertical,so I may have the stamp 90 degrees off, but I'm sure someone who knows will post shortly!)
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Posted 09/18/2020   11:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lpmiller to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you, John. Based on your picture, there may be fragments of the letters just in the corners of an #832b. Makes reading the ones on W/Fs look like an easy task. I'll have to look closer now with this new info. Thanks a bunch.
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Posted 09/18/2020   11:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The watermark on the 832b is often difficult to see.
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Posted 09/18/2020   6:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jkelley01938 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
John Becker,

How did you get the watermark to show so clearly?

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Posted 09/18/2020   6:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Photo taken with a home-made light table. Fluorescent bulb underneath a sheet of frosted glass. Hand-held camera. The Special Tax Stamp is facing down to get the watermark to read correctly. Didn't worry about the exposure as much as I should have. The point was to show the relative size of a Prexie to the USIR letters and the potential ease or difficulty in seeing a watermark on any particular stamp.
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Posted 09/18/2020   7:02 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
http://www.stampsmarter.com/learnin...ermarks.html
Click on 'Pop-up Location Tool' (bottom right hand side) to use an interactive tool which allows you to see how little a watermark, as well as all the possible orientations, of US watermarks.
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Posted 09/19/2020   07:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jkelley01938 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes Don. I made one of those years ago I am going to try John's method with my Washington Franklins. Never had much luck finding much of anything there.

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Posted 09/19/2020   08:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Watermarks on special tax stamps are usually among the easiest to see. They are great for teaching beginners.
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