Latvia sun issues II, III, IV, proofs
part 2 of 2 - not on labels
In addition to proofs on multicoloured labels, shown on the previous
page, there are proofs on porous beige-coloured paper, smooth beige
paper, chalky white paper, and honeycomb watermarked paper. Issue IV
was printed on honeycomb watermark paper, so these last proofs may be
considered proofs specifically for issue IV.
These three sun issues, II, III, and IV, are known as type II sun design
stamps. The first sun issue stamp, the 5 kap. printed on map paper
in Riga, showed 3 twigs on the right and left branches at the bottom
of the design. This is type I. On type II, the left branch at the bottom
has 4 twigs.
As Andrejs Petrevics noted ["Proofs of Early Latvian Stamps,
Latvian Collector, #30, June-October 1980, pp26-31.] the Gottlieb
D. Meyer printing plant in Liepāja was a small local printery.
In the chaotic wartime conditions there was insufficient state supervision
of stamp preparation, and individuals removed proofs, essays, and defective
stamps without authorization.
The Meyer plant, established in 1824, printed newspapers and other
material, and specialized in labels for soft drink and beer bottles.
Many catalogues call these etiquettes. Meyer printed proofs on
the backs of these labels.
In 1921, after the War of Liberation, the government State Printing
Works in Riga did all government printing, including stamps. Strict
control measures eliminated virtually all the leakage of proofs.
Proofs in black on white chalky paper
3, 15, 20, 25, 35, 50, 75 kap. [images of 5, 10 kap. needed].
Janis Ronis did not trust these proofs. The 25 kap. has an Arvid
Rucins expertising mark on the back.
Proofs on porous beige paper
3, 15, 20, 75 kap. in black on porous beige paper
[images of 5, 10, 35, 35, 50 kap. needed].
20 kap. and 15 kap. in black on porous beige paper.
15 kap. double-print in green on porous beige paper.
Proofs on smooth beige paper
25 kap. in red, orange, and brown on smooth beige paper.
Proofs on honeycomb watermark paper [as on 4th sun issue]
5 kap. orange; 75 kap. green frame; 75 kap. lilac frame; 75 kap.
lilac frame and red orange centre, se-tenant with 75 kap. brown.
On these proofs the lozenge watermark is vertical, as on issued stamps.
The 5 kap. orange is not catalogued.
75 kap. purple and orange; (75 kap.) double-printed orange centre.
On these proofs the lozenge watermark is horizontal.
Please provide colour scans or photocopies of
other proofs and full proof labels.
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