Blue Geese [Scott #387: $0.28 used] was issued during 1947-48 [#512A unwatermarked was issued 1950-52]. The stamp was a re-issue of First Geese [Scott #365: $0.52 used], an ungummed, imperforate stamp issued 1946-47. Blue Geese was redrawn with the Japanese characters reading from left to right, the overall design changed in color from olive bister to light blue. The printing was by typography rather than lithography, and the stamp was printed on perforated, gummed paper. The original design was adapted from a print by the famous master of printing, Hokusai.
See also First Geese.
Paper Type: Rice Paper, Legion Mulberry White 38 [Utrecht #19118]
Paper Size: 9.75" x 13" [24.8cm x 33cm]
Image size: 4" x 5" [10.2cm x 12.7cm]
Edition Size: 50
Inks Used: Van Son Rubber-based Reflex Blue
Date cut: 14 Feb 2004
Production Notes: I scanned a Japanese postage stamp [Scott #387] then printed a reversed copy onto parchment paper [Bienfang No. 100] and glued this onto the linoleum block using Photo Mount [3M No. 6092]. I cut directly through the paper using stencil cutters under a stereo dissecting microscope [Bausch & Lomb 13x’] and printed as a collage with a genuine stamp glued [UHUstic Baton de colle] in the lower right corner.
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