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Measurements Of Early US Stamps

 
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Posted 01/20/2022   12:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add JWillFreeman to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Is there a listing of the measurements of early US Stamp issues? I have 3 stamps that appear to be Scott #1, 1847, Ben Franklin. 1 appears to be a little different in size. If I knew what the issue measurements (MM x MM) I could tell if one was a copy and not an original. Similarly for the 1893 Columbian Commemoratives. Perhaps I need a specifications listing or handbook that discusses the design and history of early US Stamps.


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Posted 01/20/2022   01:01 am  Show Profile Check ray.mac's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ray.mac to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi JWill,
Been in the hobby for 50+ years and haven't ever heard of anyone before using measurements to try to decide if something is a fake.

You might consider scanning the 3 #1's and posting them here-- we have had several members over the years that have specialized in the US #1. We've also seen members posting an image of a stamp that was cut out of the 1947 souvenir sheet, thinking it was a #1.

Not many fake Columbian's out there at all. There are a lot of them that have been regummed or reperforated, but measuring the size of the printed image won't give you a good way to determine if a stamp is fake or genuine.

Hope this is helpful, and welcome!!!!
Ray
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Posted 01/20/2022   04:12 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome.
You can find the regular issue stamp design sizes on Stamp Smarter, for example here are the 1847 stamps; https://stampsmarter.org/1847usa/18...ntifier.html

I agree with Ray, posing images would give you the most feedback.
Don
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Posted 01/20/2022   07:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The image size would be the size on the plate; once printed other factors such as paper grain and shrinkage come into play. Plus 150 or more years of existence. So some variation will exist between genuine examples.
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