Latvian map stamps - printing proofs
The known proofs of map stamps are in one colour, either black or red. They appear
on German military maps, on the unprinted backs of coloured labels,
and on beige paper.
Some proofs on map paper are vertical with respect
to the map, as in the sheets later printed; others are horizontal with respect to the map, and called
reprints in specialized catalogues. There is no evidence that
these are reprints, nor that reprints were ever produced.
There are no known postal archives for these stamps.
Some examples of proofs are probably printers' waste
The black prints include
clear black print on beige paper;
crude black double-print on sideways map [shown on Q17 Ponedele];
crude black print on vertical map [shown on Q17 Ponedele];
clear black print on map [not shown].
The red prints include
red print on the back of coloured label paper [we thank Harry Kalnins of Australia for the illustration]; catalogues report A.K.
Wolfschmidt labels without illustrating them; in this example the
second word in black Cyrillic text is Company; the English for
the other words is not yet known.
red print on both sides of map [U19 Braßlaw]; the
map is upside-down with respect to the stamps printed on its blank back;
the stamps on the map front are in the same direction as the map.
red print on map side of map, map back unprinted [no illustration
red double-print in opposite directions from one another, known
only on map H14 Strandhof; the coastal town Paulshafen in Latvian is
Pavilosta; most examples of this double-print have the back unprinted,
because most of map H14 showed only sea areas with no printing on them; map H14 is not known with regularly-printed stamps
red double-print, same direction and baseline as one another,
on sideways map [shown on R17 Oknißta];
red double-print, same direction as one another, but different
baselines, on sideways map;
red double-print, opposite directions from one another, on
red double-print, one horizontal, one vertical.
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