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Posted 11/11/2022   12:09 pm  Show Profile Check rlsny's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add rlsny to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I'm trying to educate myself on early Postage Dues. The colors seem pretty straight-forward. Not that subtle. This image is a brown, red-brown, and bright claret. Is it that simple? Any gotchas I should know about?

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Posted 11/11/2022   12:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add YbT to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My Scott's specialized has a lot more than 3 colors. Please take a look.
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Posted 11/11/2022   1:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wtcrowe to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sometimes the difference between the second and third issues can be difficult to tell. However, the third issue fluoresces differently under UV from the second issue.
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Posted 11/11/2022   2:39 pm  Show Profile Check rlsny's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add rlsny to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks wtcrowe - good clue. YbT - I'm only looking at the first design - only three colors for that. Thanks.
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Posted 11/11/2022   3:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add YbT to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi, I guess I am confused for PD stamps with first design 1879-1891, I have the colors as brown, pale brown, deep brown, yellowish brown, red brown, pale red brown, deep red brown, bright claret, light claret, dark claret.

Are we talking about the same thing?
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Posted 11/11/2022   3:32 pm  Show Profile Check rlsny's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add rlsny to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ah - the deeps and the pales and the lights and the darks - yes - but those are just minor variations of the main color. I'm just trying to make sure I can group them into the three basic colors. Maybe I could sort out some of those minor variations later.
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Posted 11/11/2022   3:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chasa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
the middle stamp has a NYC 'string of pearls' precancel
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Posted 11/11/2022   4:22 pm  Show Profile Check rlsny's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add rlsny to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That sent me down a rabbit hole. I have two more with that cancel. I can't tell if it is considered rare or not. If it is a precancel but no gum I assume it is still a used stamp. Correct?

Here are the other two:




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Posted 11/11/2022   4:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
String of pearls, not rare, but has a well collected interest.
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Posted 11/11/2022   5:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The only way to be reasonably sure is to have a large group of them. Then it becomes possible to tell. Otherwise, it's like most stamps. One has to se a LOT of them to even begin to have a real clue when only looking at one or two.
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Posted 11/11/2022   5:50 pm  Show Profile Check rlsny's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add rlsny to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'll see your Deep Brown and raise you a Pale Red Brown
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Posted 11/11/2022   8:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wayner_11 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Pairs sometimes win



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Posted 11/12/2022   08:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Al E. Gator to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
is this comparison helpful for you?


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Posted 11/12/2022   08:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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That sent me down a rabbit hole.


There's another burrow. The precancel New York "String of Pearls" also is struck with a gray-blue ink.



Then there are Boston precancels,



And the scarcer Chicago Block C precancel,

Sorry about the condition of the last stamp, they are tough to find!
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Edited by littleriverphil - 11/12/2022 08:55 am
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Posted 11/13/2022   09:13 am  Show Profile Check rlsny's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add rlsny to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Good stuff!

Al E, what color would you call the first stamp? Deep brown?
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