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Keytype – The idea of these stamps was perceived and propagated by Perkin Bacons Company which was involved in printing banknotes, books, and postage stamps for the British Common Wealth colonies such as Trinidad, Barbados, and Mauritius. These stamps were also used by France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal. The printing process was divided into two parts “The Head Plate” which was responsible for the bulk of the design and a “Duty Plate” which printed the name of the colony and its face value.
Kansas City Roulettes or KCR’s – These were a result of improvisation by the Postmaster W.N. Collins of Kansas City from 1914 – 1915. There were 93,600 one cent and 69,200 imperf lying with the department, which had become a “Dead Inventory”. Master Collins with the help of his local clerks to use tracing roulette wheels and create effective perforations between the stamps. These stamps were then put up for sale for collectors and general postal usage. These are collected in blocks of four and not without the rubber stamp of William C Michaels having W.C.M as the initials.
Kiloware – A very commonly used term which the stamp dealers love to promote. In layman terms, it is one kilogram of off paper and on paper stamps. These are pretty famous with new collectors or resellers who indulge in selling and collecting of cheap stamps and follow their passion for Philately.
Next, We will look at the terms starting with the letter L in this Guide of Philatelic Terms.
Layout Lines – A part of the production and printing process. In this process, lines are drawn on the blank plate and thus helping the die to transfer the design exactly on the plates.
Leader Strip – It is a thick strip of paper attached to the first stamp in a roll of coiled stamps to conveniently pull them out.
Liner – It is a type of coated paper that is applied at the back of the self-adhesive mint stamps to quickly release them and then the stamp could be affixed to the paper by applying pressure.
Levitt Postal Markings – The Leavitt brothers (Thomas and Marting Leavitt) is credited with inventing and patenting the first machine for cancellations. It was a welcome invention for the United States postal department because it increased its capacity and efficacy to handle the volume of postal documents.
Lexington Concord Issue – These were commemorative stamps issued on April 4, 1925. More than 15 million stamps were issued. This was to honor the soldiers and patriots who valiantly fought for the honor of their country and its people.
Liberty Series – was a definitive series introduced between 1954 and 1965. There were a total of 24 stamps issued ranging from 1/2 c of Benjamin Franklin and Five Dollar depicting Alexander Hamilton. The notable aspect of this series was the 3c Monochrome and 8c and 11c color stamps of the statue of liberty. These three stamp denominations gave the name to the series.
We will now transition to the terms starting with the letter M in this Guide of Philatelic Terms.
Machin Series – It is the most definitive series of modern-day Britain. They were introduced to the common people on the 5th of June 1967. This is the second series to feature the profile of Q.E. II. This series was designed by Arnold Machin. The first series was based on the designs created by Dorothy Wilding. That portrait was used between 1952 and 1971. The pictures below include the original design.
Mailometer Perforations – These perforations were introduced by Joseph Shermac of the Mail-o-meter company of Detroit in 1906. The premise behind the idea was to have six or seven holes in comparison to the regular eight so that the additional margin above and below the punched holes will make the coil more strong. They introduced four types of such perforations Type I, Type II, Type III, and Type IV. Shown below is an example of Type I six-hole perforation.
Manuscript Cancel – These are cancellations that no Philatelist will like to have on his stamps. These were done manually using pens by the postal department. Stamps with such cancels have very less commercial value.
Maxi Cards – This is a picture postcard where the postage stamp is found on the picture side of the card. It is affixed in such a manner that both the picture and the stamp are in maximum concordance. The cancellation or postmark is usually related to the image on the front of the card and the stamp. Not many countries issue these cards such as The USA. Germany and Australia do.
Merry Widow – This is another famous and classic stamp. It is a 10c green helmet of Mercury special delivery stamp. The stamp draws its artistic reference from an operetta in 1905 by Slovak composer Franz Lehar. Merry Widow is considered to be one of the most performed and popular operatic works of the 20th century.
Meter Stamp – It is a mark or an impression made by the Postage Meter machine which indicates that the due postage has been paid for a letter or a parcel. The machines are authorized by the respective postal authorities of the countries. It imprints an amount of the postage, that functions as a postage stamp, a cancellation, and a dated postmark all in one.
Miniature Sheet – These are also termed as Souvenir Sheet. These are a small group of postage stamps attached to the sheet on which they were printed. These can be commemorative, or regular issues. The number of stamps could range from 1 to 25. They can also be perforated or imperforated. The margins of the stamps could have additional printing, ornamental designs, price emblems or logos. Another point to keep in consideration is that the stamps can be in a se-tenant position even if they were not in the regular issues.
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