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1917 "Wings" die proof in blue-green of essay with 'MELBOURNE' at the base & blank value tablet on thin wove paper with huge margins & full unmounted o.g. [Elsmore Online states that two sets of 12 different colours have been recorded]
1917-41 "Wings" mostly rouletted selection to 5/- x3 (one defective, the others with Underprint), with scarcer values including ½d blue/white, 8d bistre/white x2, 9d mauve/white x2, 10d pink/white, '10d' in Red on 10d green, & 1/- red/yellow x2, various shades & cancels & some with Security Underprint, only the ½d, one 6d & 5/- x2 are perforated , mostly from large stations but many small stations noted, a few faults but generally fine to very fine with a few mint stamps including 4d pair & 7d block of 4, also 16 values to 5/- with bogus 'Specimen' handstamp in violet, A good study lot. [Includes most of Ray Kelly's selection of 24 stamps: acquired on 1.12.2007 for $747]
GENESIS OF THE FRANKS: 1864 Post Office memorandum (171x194mm) giving instructions for the preparation of a frank stamp for use on official mail, in accordance with the hand-drawn pen & ink sketch on the reverse inscribed 'FRANKED/[crown]/POSTMASTER GENERAL' with "Victoria" added in another hand, plus an appended note of the price of £3 to procure same from de Gruchy & Co of Melbourne, minor folds & a bit aged on the face. A highly important historical document. Ex Hans Karman. Illustrated at page 2.