Notes on a
(Issue of January 28, 1959)
Recently, I had
the opportunity to examine approximately 3,000 of the
The cards can
readily be broken down into the two paper types, smooth white paper and the
rough grey paper. An examination of the
thickness revealed that the white paper was .0077 to
When comparing the dates of usage, it is apparent that the first printings were only on the white paper. Hence, first day cancels is only known on the white paper. This also applies to the card that overprinted for military use, issued on May 30, 1959 (vertical format only). Only the white paper is known for this card.
In the Alexander
catalogue, different date imprints were noted, ranting from 16.5 to
The next possible variable I noticed was the distance between the bottom slogans. These are very consistent at approximately 10 mm, with a minor variation of .05 mm or 9.50 between the right and left portions of the slogan. This is a very minor difference.
In comparing the dates found on the grey paper types, the earliest date found was March 25, 1960 on the vertical format and November 3, 1959 on the horizontal format.
In summary, the two postal cards can be separated into the two paper types as the major separation. The white paper being the first with first day cancels known. The grey paper was used for the later printing and was not released until sometime in late 1959, with no first day markings applied. As to the length of the imprint date at the top, with such variation, I suppose you could collect all those between the extreme of 16.5 and 18.5 mm.
Donald R. Postal Stationery of