Goldfish [Scott #368: $0.48 used] was printed by lithography beginning 15 November 1946 until 1947 during the period when MacArthur was military governor of Japan. The design features two Ryukin goldfish swimming to the left.
The block for this print was first carved on 7 February 1997. Thirty-three prints were made with the 1997 block, then the block was discontinued. The present print was completely re-cut for this reissue, designated "Goldfish II" to differentiate it from the earlier, similar print.
Paper Type: Rives Lightweight Buff, 115 gm/m2
Paper Size: 9.75" x 13" [24.8cm x 33cm]
Image Size: 4" x 5" [10.2cm x 12.7cm]
Edition Size: 50
Date: 22 Jun 2017
Inks used: Van Son Rubber Based Inks
Production Notes: I scanned a Japanese postage stamp [Scott #368] 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 replica stamp glued [UHUstic Baton de colle] in the lower right corner.
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