First Geese [Scott #365: $0.52 used] was printed by lithography from 1946-1947. The paper was ungummed and imperforate because the postal facilities had been so damaged by American bombing at the close of WWII. The design was taken from a print by the famous master of printing, Hokusai.
See also Blue 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: [#1-25] water-based inks; [#26-50] Van Son Rubber-based inks
Date cut: 14 Feb 2004
Production Notes: I scanned a Japanese postage stamp [Scott #365] 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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