National Stamp Collecting Month: The Art of Engraving & Intaglio Printing

I am intrigued by the process of printing, whatever medium it may be reproduced upon, but my favorite method has always been images created from steel (or line) engraving and printed by intaglio (or recess) printing. This, of course, is the combination that produced so many of our classic postage stamps and is also seen on currency and prints or illustrations, mainly from the 19th … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Art of Engraving & Intaglio Printing

National Stamp Collecting Month: The Postage Act of 1839 and Uniform Penny Postage

Before we can get to stamps, we should have a brief look at the final steps that brought about the world’s first postage stamp, the famed Penny Black. I have but one in my collection — a three-margined copy with a cut angle on the lower left corner but with my initials (“MJ“) as the control numbers. That stamp was featured on A Stamp A Day in December … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Postage Act of 1839 and Uniform Penny Postage