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The landscape style commemoratives began with the issuing of the 1d Canberra in 1927. The design size in all cases was intended to be 1 x 7/8ths inches. This format persisted for a decade until the advent of the rotary presses. Even then, the landscape dimensions were retained for subsequent printing methods.


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Submitted by 'sticker' (Francis Salvatore) in the 1926 public stamp contest for Australia's first commemorative stamp.



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The layout employed for the 1d Canberra became the standard for all subsequent issues. Principally, a single pane of 8 rows by 10 stamps. Only in the specific case of the Canberra, were imprints and plate numbers not supplied. (Plate numbers were deliberately guillotined off, and an imprint did not exist).

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In all other cases, a  John Ash imprint appeared in the bottom centre of each sheet, and plate numbers in the top left corner.


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Quad Plate printing.

In nearly all cases, stamps were printed in a quad plate printing forme (as illustrated). Sets of four plates were created to achieve this. As they wore out, they were replaced in-toto, with another set of four plates.

The millsheets supplied were square on, 1 yard x 1 yard (36 inches). They were cut down to half size 36 inches x 18 inches and used as printsheets for these quad printing forms.

A stamp size inter sheet gutter existed between each pane of stamps.

The printsheet was comb perforated in situ after printing and gumming, then guillotined appropriately before issuing to the post office.

Again, with a few exceptions, no jubilee lines exist.


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  #       John Ash           #       John Ash          
          John Ash                   John Ash          



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