Introduction to the various presentations of the stamp


This website is dedicated to the study of a definitive stamp. This type of study must be focussed on the notion of aspect such as introduced by J.J. RABINEAU in “Timbres de tous les jours”:

A postage stamp is an industrial product. As such, it is made up of industrial components: paper, gum, type of transfer of the copper engraving, ink color, phosphorescent band, perforation...

The modification of only one of these components generates a new aspect. If this modification is accidental, a variety is generated.

For the stamp 0,50F Marianne de Béquet, the various involved industrial components are:

  • perforation, which allows to differentiate stamps coming from sheets, from booklets of 10 or 20 stamps or from coils;
  • printing material: press TD6, TD3 or RGR;
  • existence or not of phosphorescent band;
  • The type of phosphorescent band: A, D or B;
  • gum which can be metropolitan or tropical;
  • The existence or not of an overprint 25F CFA.

From the number of printing days of the 0,50F Marianne de Béquet stamps from sheets (and by considering known worked Saturdays as normal days), it is possible to establish statistics on the various aspects of this stamp.

statistics on the known aspects of the stamp 0,50F Marianne de Béquet

This tree gives the proportions between the diverse aspects of the stamp 0,50F Marianne de Béquet. It is however necessary to add two remarks:

  • At the time of the stamp Marianne de Béquet, no information about the printings as booklets or coils was supplied. Thus, we do not know how many booklet or coil stamps were emitted;
  • Stamps with tropical gum do not appear in the tree, because they only represent 0,4 % of all the stamps produced in the form of sheets (by counting overprinted and not overprinted stamps).

In this column, we will first remind how the origin of an isolated stamp can be recognized. Then, we will describe stamps produced in the form of sheets, then those sold in the form of booklets and finally those made in the form of coils. Then we will present varieties that can be met on the stamps of this series. Finally,we will illustrate all the known aspects of the stamp 0,50F Marianne de Béquet by means of mails containing at least a copy of this stamp.