Gerald Moss – Physical Plates Used for the 1st and 2nd General Issue Stamps

Sep 1 , 1999

September1999page1Gerald Moss, our speaker for September, gave an interesting and unusual talk on “Plate Material for the First and Second Issue Stamps”. As opposed to a discussion on the aspects of “plating” stamps, Gerald’s talk focused on the actual material used to prepare the printing plates. Much of the discussion concerned the manufacturing process of the steel used to make the steel dies and plates, which were used in the printing of early stamps. He also discussed stamps thatSeptember1999page2 showed plate cracks and how these came about. Some of the more unusual items he passed around our group included examples of steel, which showed how different processes affected the smoothness of the steel surface.