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Pitcairn Islands.

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Pitcairn Islands.

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Pitcairn Islands.

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neilthestampman - Thanks for sharing those images of your fine George VI Pitcairn Islands stamps. They immediately put me in a nautical frame of mind. Here are some images of several stamps from my collection depicting sailing ships, which often make excellent subjects for the engraver's art.

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Wasa, engraved by Czeslaw Slania, and issued by Sweden on September 3, 1969, Scott No. 830.

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Concord, German Immigration, engraved by Thomas R. Hipschen (vignette) and T. Bakos (lettering), and issued by the USA on April 29, 1983, Scott No. 2040.

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La Recherche & l'Espérance, engraved by Pierre Béquet, and issued by French Southern and Antarctic Territories in 1979, Scott No. C56.

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USS Constellation, engraved by Christopher Broadbridge, and issued by the USA on June 30, 2004, Scott No. 3869.

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China, Confucius set of 1947

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Confucius Lecturing School

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Tomb of Confucius

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Temple of Confucius

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Fun philatelic interpretations of a couple of well-known Chinese calques. :D

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Mandate of heaven: Junkers F-13 over the Great Wall, engraved by the Chinese Bureau of Engraving and Printing (?), and issued by the Republic of China, 1932-37, Scott No. C11.

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Saving face: Chairman Mao over the Great Wall, engraved by Pierre Gandon, and issued by Cameroun on September 9, 1977, Scott No. 636.


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A couple depicting famous battles in Chile

Argentina - 1967

The Battle of Chacabuco 1817, The Chilean Independence War

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Chile - 1964

Battle of Rancagua, AKA the Disaster of Rancagua 1814

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More Argentina

FDR

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Domingo Sarmiento

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José de San Martín

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Columbia, Simon Bolivar Monument.

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Here is an engraved Chinese stamp that should appeal to just about everyone!

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Double carp, engraved and printed by Chungwa Post, and issued by the Republic of China in 1974, Scott No. 1606.


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Japan, Li Naosuke and Harbor 1958

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Pitcairn Islands.

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Thanks Neil, I'll put those on the to get list. I've noticed that all the British Colonies/ Commonwealth nations have the same design over that period. I wonder if it's the same engraver ?

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For reasons which shall become obvious presently, neilthestampman's Sudan camel post stamps reminded me of another great French engraver of postage stamps, Henry Cheffer (1880-1957.) Here are a few examples of Cheffer's work from among the multitude of stamps that he engraved during his long and productive career.

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Ahmad Shah Qajar, issued by Persia (Iran) in 1911, Scott No. 483. This was one of a set of Cheffer's first stamps. Note only the vignette is engraved; the frame is typographed.

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Lambèse - Arc de triomphe, issued for use in Algeria in 1936, Scott No. 81. A touch of irony?

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Camel rider, issued for use in Mauritania in 1938, Scott No. 78.

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Manioc, issued by Madagascar (Malagasy) on March 12, 1957. Perhaps the last stamp engraved by Henry Cheffer.


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U.S. Hawaii Stamp 2c David

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North Borneo 1931, $1 with coat of arms of British North Borneo. Violet Jesselton cds.
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US Air Post, Special Delivery 1934

Great seal of the United States.

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Here are some images of a stamp featuring a nicely engraved portrait of a slightly more famous Frenchman. :D

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P.S. The Scott catalogue number for the previously posted Manioc stamp engraved by Henry Cheffer is Malagasy 297.

Marquis de Lafayette, engraved by Joseph S. Creamer, Jr. (vignette) and Albert Saavedra (lettering) and issued by the USA on June 13,1977, Scott No. 1716.


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US Territorial Issues of 1937

La Fortaleza, San Juan Puerto Rico

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Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas Virgin Islands

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stallzer wrote:More Argentina

FDR

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Domingo Sarmiento

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José de San Martín

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Great designs! But NO engravings!

The first two are in offset-litho, the third in typography!

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Wow, I thought the horizontal lines were a dead give away for engraving. Just goes to show how little I actually do know about engraved stamps. My apologies to all for the mistake.
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It happens Stallzer...
I did the same thing...looked like an engraving, but it wasn't. :roll:
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Austria.

Mower in the Alps. Year 1961. Centenary of Kunstlerhaus. Stanley Gibbons # 1368. Purple & brown.

Not much value but a nicely design stamp.

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These are among my favourite Swiss definitives.

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They are the 1936 landscapes set, engraved by Karl Bickel.


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Karl Bickel was quite a prolific stamp engraver in the 1930s and 1940s.


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Has anyone done any research on him?


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Here are some images of a couple of bird stamps engraved by Ion Dumitrana.

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Shelduck, issued by Romania on February 1, 1960, Scott No. 1317.

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Black grouse, issued by Romania on March 3, 1960, Scott No. C77.


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I came across this article by accident today and thought it might be of interest to people reading this thread. Sadly another fine artist gone.



Paul Calle, top U.S. postage stamp designer
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Posted: Saturday, Jan. 01, 2011
Paul Calle, a commercial artist whose most famous work was no bigger than a postage stamp, died Thursday in Stamford, Conn. Calle, one of the most highly regarded stamp designers in the nation, was 82.

The cause was melanoma, said his son Chris, who is also a stamp designer.

Calle (pronounced KAL-ee) designed more than 40 U.S. stamps, licked by generations of postwar Americans. He was best known for the 10-cent stamp, commissioned by NASA and issued in 1969, commemorating the Apollo 11 moon landing that year.

His other stamps include ones honoring Gen. Douglas MacArthur (1971), Robert Frost (1974), the International Year of the Child (1979), Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan (1980), Frederic Remington (1981), Pearl S. Buck (1983), the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1984) and folk-art carousel horses (1988 and again, with new artwork, in 1995).

Calle's work has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and elsewhere.

With Chris, he designed two 1994 stamps - a 29-cent first-class stamp and a $9.95 express-mail stamp - commemorating the moon landing's 25th anniversary. Father and son also collaborated on stamps for Sweden, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and the United Nations.

On July 16, 1969, the day Apollo 11 was launched, Calle was the only artist allowed to observe the astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, as they prepared themselves for the mission - eating breakfast, donning their spacesuits and the like. He captured their preparations in a series of intimate pen-and-ink sketches later exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum.

That morning, when the astronauts lifted off, one of the things they carried was the engraved printing plate of Calle's commemorative stamp. The moon lacked a post office, so a proof made from the plate was hand-canceled by the men aboard the spacecraft.

Interviewed after the moon landing, Calle divulged the secret of his rigorous craft: "When you do a stamp," he said, "think big but draw small."



Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/01/01/1947418/paul-cal ... z1CNGndB00
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Stallzer I am with you. I know very little about printing and find it very hard to decide what is what with printing methods. This is an ideal venue to learn more and I for one would love to see a thread on how to recognise the various types. Further back in this thread there is a description of how engraved stamps are made but how does that dffer from the types you showd? It gets very confusing.
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In January at my stamp club we showed 1911 stamps from our collections. I came across this set which I think are rather nice. This set takes the link back to 1811 as well.

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jjarmstrong47 - Point of interest: The allegorical "Republic" figure on your 1911 Paraguay centennial of independence stamp seems to be wearing a Phrygian cap, symbolic of liberty, which also invariably adorns the allegorical figure "Marianne" on French stamps, as, for example, on "Libération," engraved by Pierre Gandon, France Scott No. 503, which I previously posted on page 20 of this thread.

Re: Paul Calle obituary. Folks may wish to take another look at an attractive stamp designed by Paul Calle that I previously posted back on page 22: Swedish technology on the Moon - 25th Anniv., engraved by Czeslaw Slania, Sweden Scott No. 2083.

Speaking of Czeslaw Slania, here are some images of a striking stamp he engraved, Young Greek Soldier, after a Hellenic sculpture, issued by France on May 15, 1982, Scott No. 1830.

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It's superb, isn't it? No matter how many engravers I look at I keep coming back to Slania as (in my opinion) the greatest ever. With the current fashion for mere photos with a value added, I wonder if the climate exists for another Slania to develop.
(That should elicit a few responses from those with a different favourite engraver).
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jjarmstrong47 wrote:Stallzer I am with you. I know very little about printing and find it very hard to decide what is what with printing methods. This is an ideal venue to learn more and I for one would love to see a thread on how to recognise the various types. Further back in this thread there is a description of how engraved stamps are made but how does that dffer from the types you showd? It gets very confusing.

It's funny too, since this thread was started way back when, I wouldn't post an image without first checking my catalogs to verify that it was an engraved piece. Then after posting a few dozen pieces I'd thought I learned what to look for and how to tell an Engraved piece when I saw one. One of the threads contributors Kevin H. says it best in his signature, it simply states
"Here to learn, Here to enjoy" and I got to learn something new today which makes it all worth while. :)
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jjarmstrong47 - You certainly won't get any argument from me concerning Czeslaw Slania's preeminence among engravers of postage stamps. I began seriously collecting him in 1975, so fortunately I now have a fairly large body of his work which I will be more than happy to continue to share here.

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P.S. In my last post, what I should have said is that that on French stamps Marianne is usually (but not invariably!) depicted wearing the Phrygian cap.

Here are some images of another Czeslaw Slania designed and engraved stamp, Rasmus Christian Rask, Danish scholar and philologist, issued by Iceland on June 10, 1987, Scott No. 641.


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I was a professional musician for thirty years and occasionally met, and sometimes worked with, musicians who were so far above me it was impossible to feel jealous. I used to tell people I played the violin until in 1977 I met Stephan Grapelli, after which I described myself as an entertainer. As Rumpole explained, there is a clear distinction between the merely talented (including myself) and genius. Slania's genius shines out even in a field of highly talented craftsmen.

I don't know how you can describe genius, you just recognise it and it seems to be something that simply flows through the person without conscious effort. We had a musician in our band who always made me think of Mozart. I couldn't think notes at the speed he could play them but it was more than technical brilliance.
He was a superb tenor banjo player, Irish style, but also played nearly anything else. One night, as a joke, while he was playing the fiddle, I reached behind him and turned all the tuning pegs on his banjo then we introduced him to play a banjo solo piece. He picked up the banjo, played a short run to check his tuning and then turning to us with a comment of, "You bastards!", worked out what notes he had and launched into a blazing banjo tune without retuning the banjo! He was twisting the strings to keep it in tune but everything sounded superb. I have never known anyone who could do that nor can I understand how he did it. Genius!
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stallzer wrote:More Argentina

FDR

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Domingo Sarmiento

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José de San Martín

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Stallzer,

engravings are usually in recess printing and recess can be felt! Use your fingers and you will feel nothing in the 3 stamps above! Maybe San Martin will have some relief but rather on the gummed side! Or in the "20"!

Another aspect are the delicate lines! All 3 stamps have thick frames or plain areas around the country name. When engraved you will see that the areas are built up with cross-hatching. Lines - as in the FDR and Sarmiento - are straight and drawn regular not irregular had they been engraved. An engraved line takes hard work with the burin to get in to the metal and dig it out - only in short visible steps with irregularities at the edges....

You can meet a lot of recessed stamps that have straight lines as if drawn in "Paint". They usually are just drawn, photographically reproduced on a plate or cylinder and then etched!! Not engraved at all!! Take some UK Castles and compare them! The earliest ones may be engraved, but then they were drawn and etched; the last version of the Castles printed by Joh. Enschedé were engraved again, this time by Inge Madlé!

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True, you won't find many who do not idolate Slania's work, and yet, I've read many contemporary engravers moan and groan that he held such a monopoly that many others found it hard to get work and show that they too had superior engraving qualities. Just as well he wasn't a supermarket, for the fair competition regulations would probably never have allowed him to have the position he enjoyed!

So even Slania's rose had a thorn, it seems!

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In my opinion, considered as BOTH a designer AND as an engraver of postage stamps, Pierre Gandon was right up there, too. Here are some images of a Gandon stamp illustrating his inimitable style.

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P.S. Re: The Rasmus Rask stamp posted above. This morning I double-checked myself in the Facit catalogue and found that I was yet again in error; the stamp was in fact designed by Magnússon, not Czeslaw Slania.

Abbaye de Conques, issued by France on December 18, 1947, Scott No. 590, Y&T No. 792.


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nethryk wrote:In my opinion, considered as BOTH a designer AND as an engraver of postage stamps, Pierre Gandon was right up there, too. Here are some images of a Gandon stamp illustrating his inimitable style.

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Abbaye de Conques, issued by France on December 18, 1947, Scott No. 590, Y&T No. 792.


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Please post more of his work. I think that the work of Gandon is as beautiful as any I've seen, probably because I love pieces with scenery, cities and buildings.
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stallzer - Will do. But in the meantime, inspired by neilthestampman's Pitcairn Islands stamps, I recently unearthed a half-forgotten and long-neglected philatelic cover that some folks might find interesting, too. The cover bears four uncanceled low values of a set of QE2 stamps issued on July 2, 1957, plus a historical cachet.

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Ti plant, Scott No. 20.

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Map, Scott No. 21.

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John Adams and Bounty Bible, Scott No. 22.

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Carving, Scott No. 23.


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Belgium. 1919.
Stanley Gibbons # 250.
10f Red King Albert.

Maybe somebody with more knowledge can help with the engraver?

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Maybe somebody with more knowledge can help with the engraver?
The "Albert with Helmet" definitives were engraved by H. Cheffer and recess-printed by Enschedé.

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Just having another look thru my junk tin and came across these.

The top left corner is damaged on the 2 cent. A bit of a shame it is damaged.


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Some more sad samples from the junk tin.

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I have some too which are one of my favorites, love the designs of the stamps, these are rare expensive surcharged mnh stamps of India.

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That Pitcairn Islands Ti plant stamp reminded me that so far I have only posted images of a couple of stamps featuring plants. Botany offers many superb subjects for the engraver's art. Here is a set of four "fruitful" stamps engraved by Jean Pheulpin and issued by St. Pierre & Miquelon on October 20, 1970.

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Blackberries, Scott No. 400.

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Strawberries, Scott No. 401.

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Raspberries, Scott No. 402.

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Blueberries, Scott No. 403.

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Here are some Cameroun stamps. Some very nice detail on these stamps.

The eyes seem to look right at you.

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Some more Cameroun.


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bosemithun wrote:I have some too which are one of my favorites, love the designs of the stamps, these are rare expensive surcharged mnh stamps of India.

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Wow, those are so fresh, beautiful!

Not engraved, though. :)

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And for all of you building fans out there, here are some images of a stamp designed and engraved by Pierre Gandon depicting an imposing, illuminated aristocratic pile, Château de Chambord, issued by France on May 30, 1952, Scott No. 678, Y&T No. 924.

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When France released an update of its Marianne stamps in 1967, what appeared to be a new design was actually an old design.
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Fourteen years previously the acclaimed engraver Henri Cheffer had submitted his work to postal officials interested in updating the Gandon Marianne design, in use since 1945.

The Cheffer design was rejected, and the Marianne series which debuted in 1955 was designed by Louis-Charles Muller and engraved by Jules Piel.

The Cheffer Marianne was released in 1967, 13 years after its design. While Cheffer was an accomplished an engraver, he designed this Marianne and Claude Durrens handled the engraving. This series was released ten years after Cheffer's death.

One of Cheffer's first engraving projects for France was the Port de La Rochelle release of 1929.
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Cheffer was prolific. His work appeared on the stamps of a number of countries including Persia, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Spain, and Monaco.
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Henri Cheffer was born in Paris 1880. A distant relative of the sculptor Auguste Rodin, he was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1906.
His first philatelic engraving project was for Persia in 1911.
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paultalbot - Very nice contributions! Here are some images of another stamp depicting a city port, Saint Malo, also designed and engraved by Henry Cheffer, and issued by France on May 16, 1938, Scott No. 347, Y&T No. 394. This stamp was the sixth and highest value in the 1938 Sites and Monuments series.

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P.S. I also posted on this thread images of one of Cheffer's 1911 Persia stamps, among others engraved by him, on January 26 (near the top of this page.)


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Now for something completely different: Here are some images of a mildly disturbing stamp depicting the fairy tale character, Puss-in-Boots, engraved by Martin Mörck and issued by France on April 26, 1997, Scott No. 2573, Y&T No. 3058. Mörck was born in Norway but now lives and works in Sweden.

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