Wednesday, September 10, 2014

welcome ...





my survey : an analysis of CD matrices , paper and phosphors in underway ...  since my study began, beaujards series is now discontinued ...

if chrome browser is installed, auto translate available... very fine feature. picasa3 is also excellent and free download from google.

alain menard ...

new release of philatelix .fr  ... 2015

Monday, September 1, 2014

beaujards search ...

search " beaujards"  on wikitimbres site ...

http://www.wikitimbres.fr/recherche

Monday, July 15, 2013

end of "marianne de l'europe" ?

one of posts in france, states with presidential change in france ... that a new series will appear soon to replace the beaujards series  2008-2012 ...

stay tuned ...

la poste : new 2013 marianne of youth ...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

new series ...




the series has a very small perforation, and gold stars ...  salon 2012 was perhaps the source.

I also note that 2 unofficial MS appeared from local stamp fairs ...  these were commissioned and not sold by la poste.

Monday, March 26, 2012

la poste ...

a new "letter verte" series was announced, and is still available ... otherwise little new on subject of phosphor varieties ... the old 215 press was retired - source of many vars ...

the FRA-VAR link, offers a bulletin board on france vars ...   login ...


Monday, December 5, 2011

2011 salon MS


by design this is perhaps the finest of MS to date ...

laposte is soldout , so obvious popularity.

no phosphor anomolies have been reported

Thursday, July 21, 2011

2011 50g - perf anomolie

this is caused by bent pin at top of row 9 in the sheet...

2011 CD updates ...




the tables reflect registered CD in my study ... relative to the die-cut or perforation varieties that exist...actual sample numbers increase by 4x in many cases ... before discovering the phosphor anomolies, this makes tracing single beaujard difficult ...    the rate changes are appended - with 2011issues reported.  production of new 2011.7 series began in april - several CDs show dates earlier than 2011.7.1 ...

the goal of my reference collection, is to identify the source for single beaujard items ... and show phosphors for each... the task has become more involved than I originally thought. 3 matrices if matched will confirm a position.

MXV design matrix
MXP perforation matrix or MXD diecut matrix
MXU uv matrix


Friday, July 1, 2011

new design and rate changes 2011.7 ...




laposte is offering a new beaujard series ...  read the soco post    production of new series began in april - several CDs show dates earlier than 2011.7.1 ...
the ecopli 20gm has been found /wo phosphor (date unknown) ...  and phosphor stains on euro blue.  also see the 50g var above ... bent pins

Friday, June 10, 2011

TD double shift ...

examining the definitives of france in quite interesting...  3 components : MXV , MXU and MXP / MXD fully describe each example ...   MXV is the value printing, MXU is the phosphor layout, and MXP / MXD the perforation or die-cut matrix.    as the paper flows thru the taille-douce (TD) presses,  mechanically or due to setups - two shifts normally occur that misalign the matrices.   hence, less than 10% or production is centred correctly...



MXU : one can either illustrate phosphor anomolies or manually define coordinates from point (0,0)

to calculate the shifts in MXP / MXD - eZgrader metrics software determines the relative position to 100% centred.

I am always discovering new phosphor anomolies ...  here is a useful link ... for onscreen measurement device     1mm = 3.6 pixels
this clear-vue pixel ruler , is useful for 100% or scaled images ... for larger than normal scans, use ratio method.


note : glass blocks UV longwave light ...  so optical scales must be transferred to plastic, to allow photography, or image capture.

Monday, March 21, 2011

beaujard : phosphor bar anomolies ...





I have several items in my collection that demonstrate an interaction between the design ink and the flour-phosphor ink...

the 0.90, nvg and nvr (not shown) are known types.

any info on discoloration welcomed from readers ...
the grey-black bars may be residue on phosphor wheel after 0.05 0.10 runs ... ??

note also, the 2009 MS bears 2 printing types, and phosphor applied before design ink in some positions... see my image below ... TVP rouge

Monday, January 24, 2011

2009 MS beaujard



















I have isolated the values from the MS , and show the phosphor layout ... PW (white)

technically, this MS is very interesting. I consider each value position unique ...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

comment on NOP stamps ...

NOP implies no phosphor ... "les news de phospho" offers NOP value analysis ... with comments
the philatelic market in france is quite speculative ... I found a booklet CV for offset var listed @ 3000+ euros ... die-cut error

la poste seems to release all printer's waste to the marketplace ... adding to speculation

Monday, August 9, 2010

stampCat users ... analysis

I welcome fellow users of this excellent program ... user-friendly, it helps one understand the complexities of france definitives. the phosphors are abundant in vars... and, share commonality between values and issues.
for this reason, I recommend a master .mdb file be created for the phosphor maquettes or illustrations. these can be transferred to other dbases or newly created value .mdb files... I have registered more than 87 vars to date ...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

luminescence and papers ...


the range of colour : phosphor bars
phosphor is white normally. pigments : flour-inks are added for brightness...


exploring the beaujard series has revealed both uncoated and coated papers ... the booklets show a very durable non-phosphor paper and some exciting phosphor patterns ... coils offer vars types : thick and thin ... the sheet papers : offer no or slight uv-reaction. the lamouche series demonstrated a "chalky-uv-reactive" paper (PCP), that has not appeared on beaujard to date...

flour-phosphor inks ares applied to trigger the toshiba sorting machines ... the type of phosphor and how applied, determines the successful sort. phosphor may be applied to paper (PCP) , before facing design; or in combination with phosphor bars of different agent ... as newer sorting equipment arrives, phosphors change over time . the yellow AY phosphor used on beaujard booklets , was abandoned by royalpost as ineffective - 1995. and offered problems to the printers.

to understand luminescence, readers should refer to Douglas Myall's notes ... (HB4 2010). more focus should be given to this subject by the france philatelic press ... all machin booklets in HB4 are fully diagrammed with phosphor matrices ...

technical matters ...

as collector, solving the anomolies of the definitives requires technical reading ... the best source I recommend is moderated by "supergaston" ... explore from the site map, to find press or other information. a valuable addition to the Dallay dbase. sourcing the single beaujards still requires time and patience. both continuous and short bars were applied to sheets and booklets ... the nvr and nvg are complex groups for study.

a code system for definitive study ....



sorting a collection of definitives :

1 MXP perforation vars : can be coded using the matrix ... a, ac, ad ...

2 MXU phosphor analysis follows :
e.g. 11CIa , implies 2 continuous bands with interupt at top...

using this simple method, many new vars can be successfully located and described.

stampCat catalog number - 3 part

the record table and press diagram, demonstrate how I code objects in each value .mdb file.

  1. MXV defines the value and shade
  2. MXP or MXD defines the perforation or die-cut matrix (a,ab,ac ... n)
  3. MXU defines the phosphor, and flour-phos shade
as delimiters : ( . ) or (-)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

ezGrader : metrics software from canada






























the diagram of offset 0.01 euro adhesive, was generated with ezGrader ... the histogram image on the right can be saved as a unique record ... a useful tool for study of matrices...

luminescence ... beaujard series


photographing phosphors : to right are a positive and negative image of beaujard 0.01 euro . I have been experimenting with setups ... and captured using proscope and 10x lense , and a black-box with large uv-lamp inside ...

beaujard phosphors are yellow and white . yellow is exclusive to the RNV sheets and booklets ... the white phosphor is applied to most values ... either single or double bands ... many vars exist - and are being produced on new cylinders. as fascinating area of inspection and discovery ... little has been reported in the french philatelic press however. above is a preliminary study ... "a cheval" , insets , short, thin and broad bands ... illustrated


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

a comprehensive system ...

the focus of philatelists in france is based on chronology and tradition ... or, the patterns reflected in dbase arrays is sequential-numerical. in studying the beaujard definitives, I assume an outlook shown and demonstrated in Douglas Myall's masterwork - HB4 : "The Deegam Handbook". Dallay V9.17 is my prime source dbase ....

1.1 information is grouped by value rather than a catalog sequenced number. new variety or reprint data : date of emission, source (cyl or "presse" ) and definitive type: sheet (S), adhesive (SA) - (CD), or booklet (CA) is appended to this set. to achieve these new arrays, StampCat v9* offers a more advanced analysis and control of phila-objects thru time ... since the beaujard series, is active - this is a key point. *(9 image fields per record) Dallay v 9.11 does allow for personal vars to be recorded, with 1 image field and notes. these are added to collection reports...

2.1 no realtime analysis of phosphors types has been reported by the french philatelic press ... so I am actively building a library of uv-reactions for the yellow and white phosphor varieties ... illustrated maquettes are drawn for each var forming the basis of profiles ... phosphor maquettes are tipped in to an image cell of a given phila-object ... dbase fields can be overprinted on each phosphor-maquette as a stamp tag ... the same size as the phila-object (scalable) a pdf report is generated. profiles can be frozen as jpg using screen capture, or remain fluid within an active dbase ... the maquettes are jpg.

3.1 StampCat v9 generates stock pages, albums, profiles ... easily ! profiles are movable and used in print form on stock cards or album pages. also, realtime pdf reports can be quickly designed and saved. my collection progresses digitally ... any field information can be appended to a profile ... paper, plate var, shade, perforation... etc.

4.1 a cross-reference to Dallay is part of the .mdb ... I maintain reference and collection .mdbs ... as well, special focus .mdb for misperfs, miscuts and errors ... eventually part of a master file: SBJ v1.0 as items are fully sourced. information and jpegs can easily be transferred between .mdb files ... a lot of work, but a rewarding specialisation ...

Monday, July 26, 2010

MXP distribution analysis ...



the SP240 briat distribution shown demonstrates MXP for 200 items ... N or finely centred definitives are quite scarce for most issues ... less than 15% on average.

once the subgroups are isolated, then the MXU or phosphor analysis begins ... results are coded using the system chart.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

2010.07 new values ...






6 new values have been issued by la Poste recently ... due to rate changes.

Monday, June 7, 2010

dallay update ...

the latest download features updates to the beaujard series ... the C2 business coils - die cut ; and recent issues have been appended.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

2010.06 salon - SP100



intaglio, taille-douce and serigraph (silkscreen)

Friday, May 21, 2010

sourcing singles ...




tracing single beaujards to sheets or booklets requires special care and observation ... note the 4 cyl blocs with same date and cyl# 215.B each has a unique matrix or perforation setting. hopefully, the next edition of dallay dbase will provide more timely information, and expand the varieties pages. the migration of perfs and flour-phosphor bands, generate unlimited numbers of variances.

beaujard : unsourced items



























help wanted ... cyl bloc (CD) or booklet references (CA) . scans welcomed from readers

beaujard : SP222 perforation vars ...















to date I have recorded 5 CD for the 2.22 euro perforated. the above shows various shifts L or R; up or downwards ... or combination . this pattern is also reflected in other values. next, is discovery of the phosphor bands ...





Thursday, May 20, 2010

beaujard : SP005 plate var ...




there is a shower of white dots over the b4.
source : likely solvent spray over the value cylinder ...

more positions likely affected.

beaujard : SP005 blind perfs



likely the entire C3 is affected
a less common var...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

beaujard : NVR forgery sourced...


























now sourced by moderator of "phosphor blog" ... offset forgery of booklet seen left ...

the left image was reported as a forgery on philatelistes.net recently ... illustration shows relative scaled variances, and centre points of design ... the item in question bears toshiba machine cancel ... so is postally used . the cancel date if found may shed more light on this one ...

no phosphor bands on forgery.





Thursday, May 6, 2010

beaujard : nvr adhesives ...





to summarise : 2 yellow bars were applied 15mm apart, sometimes continuously or as short bars with various settings. 3mm broad bar exist with 2mm bar either left or right. otherwise 2mm bandwidth was doubled. short bands : can touch the top or bottom margins or be more central in the diecut. insets : left or right exist ... as does a 3-bar variety, due to diecut left-shift. interupted bars : top or bottom; with weaker variations degrading from 50% to no phosphor... end of ink run. my sample size was 545 units.






in some CA issues, it appears the phos-cyl was applied first to paper. and the design cyl was overprinted, leaving only marginal phosphor bar in either left or right position. this effect is seen under LW, but impossible to capture photographically. the design ink appears diffused over the flour-phosphor ink, and the bandwidth is marginalized...

yellow flour-phosphor makes it harder to sight , or align the print run. (why royalpost abandoned it in 1995) the resin pigment was changed to bright blue in 2003. both UK and France now use toshiba sorting machines. so both colours work ... flour-phosphor inks vary in composition depending on the print process (litho or gravure) royalpost moved from inorganic compounds to organic resins, as the harder inorganics damaged the perforators.


adhesive collection notes ...












since POs started issuing these self-adhesive products (SAP), collectors have sought solutions. and, philatelic suppliers have had to adjust album page designs ... a methodology follows :

1. removal : the adhesives can be successfully removed from paper using heptane* ... depending on the quantity of objects, this process will take 5mins to 1 hour or more... so setup as follows.... a basin of size is filled with heptane, and the stamps are saturated. after 5 mins, start removal from paper - and place face down on a glass sheet. wait 5 mins for excess heptane to evaporate , soon the stamps will become tacky ...

2. replacement of adhesives : the glue will adhere to clear acetate but not vinyl sheets. as stock pages, I use binder photo album pages... the boards are covered by acetate sheets on 2 sides... within, I place a prepared 5x8 printed grid formed with StampCat9 reports. this acts a guide for placement of objects. the benefit, is the inserts can be varied - black sheet for scanning. the grid margins allow for inspection notes... I group by value and phosphor type ...

3. alternately, I have used stockcard covers (clear acetate). this allows reconstruction of the various booklets as the matrices are sourced (10,12 or 20 position MXDs)... adhesives peel from acetate easily. album samples can be placed within stamp mounts, or first on cut-to-size clear acetate sheeting. stamp hinges do not adhere to vinyl, or acetate ... 3M tape with gum 2-sided will work.

* buy the 500ml can .

Saturday, April 24, 2010

beaujard : CA booklet issues ...

100 position sheet var exists, and 3 other basic matrices ... current formats are 2x5, 12 and 20 position vars ... dimensionally the die-cuts ... and resulting miscuts ... differ by mils . there exist miscuts of booklet itself ... top row of some panes is diagonally trimmed ... singles should be examined, and not discounted as scissor cuts.

tracing the source of booklet singles hence is based on following parameters:
MXV : value design in mm
MXD : die-cut and vars
MXU : phosphor matrix ... and vars

Thursday, April 22, 2010

beaujard : SP133 - plate var


very distinct blob before 3 ... due to paper weakness or debris on paper /cyl itself ... collectable none-the-less

beaujard : SP222 : doctor blade flaw



classic example of this error ... debris under the blade that moderates ink flow to the paper.

beaujard : SP085



one can see the flour ink flow thru the phosphor matrix, MXU

beaujard : white frames



new format on some SA : adhesive sheet issues ... possibly varnished frame to accomodate phosphor inks ... note the first 0.85 euro SP had fugitive ink that mixed with the phosphor overlay.




Monday, April 12, 2010

beaujard : double perforation ...
















2 double perf vars - from CD or cyl blocs.... likely entire rows affected



Saturday, April 10, 2010

beaujard : SP073 vars



2 more vars worth looking for ...

pos 91 is distinct , pos 92 is a more common minor var.

Friday, April 9, 2010

beaujard : booklet issues ...

my first look at these, shows an interesting group of die-cut matrices ... and many phosphor vars exist, which I will report on as time allows ... the TVP-bleu and TVP-rouge are also paired with 0.54 and 0.65 euro "paix-environment-liberte" ... dallay offers entries for these pairs and booklets (CA) numbers. the 0.54 euro "vme republic" is printed helio-gravure. majority are "taille-douce"

france collectors ... do post to amis de beaujards ...

defining plate vars ...

  1. a constant var is repeated on subsequent prints, due to damage or retouch to the plate
  2. infrequent plate var can be caused by debris on the paper or cyl itself ... dust, insect, etc sometimes called a dry print. wrinkled paper : "accordion"
  3. doctor blade flaw : vertical line across the sheet ... dust or debris caught under the blade designed to moderate ink flow
  4. air bubble flaw : shows as a random dot on face of stamp ... irregular

Thursday, April 8, 2010

beaujard : plate vars ...



many vars exist on both the perforate and die-cut sheets of 100 ... hopefully more will surface from the booklet adhesives ...

there is an abundance of minor vars... "dot on lips" is quite distinct !

Saturday, April 3, 2010

beaujard : SP085 euro



perf margins are different. note plate damage

beaujard : SP085 euro























this is an unusual plate for several reasons... the ink flouresces and diffuses if moistened . (do not remove from paper...) 2 vars : L spot , R spot /w scar table 2 : 2 known CD

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

2008-10 beaujard series ...



explore the 2008-10 issue here ... beaujard sheet issues, have been augmented with more recent vertical coils, and booklet self-adhesive stamps . beaujards with errors of perforation, phosphor vars, and alignment shifts are of special interest ...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

beaujard offsets in booklets ...

the diecut on SAP products is quite often misaligned or not registered properly ... this produces varieties : offset L or R ; U or D; or combinations ... tracing the source : means compiling the matrices for all the booklets (CA ) the phosphor overlay, when inspected on these, offers again - new varieties. these go beyond the dallay catalog ... overtime I will project some distributions, and observations. my specialised collections include phosphor analysis ...

beaujard offsets in sheet issues ...

my study to date generally shows sheet vars with 5 basic matrices ... centered or N: offset R or L ; and intermediate offset L or R ... some beaujard values already show many vars of cylinder blocs ...(CD) these can also offer shade vars, and or plate design differences ...

sourcing vars : singles can be traced to CD# with effort ... as the issue is current ... new releases are important.
phosphor analysis will take time to discover... anyone with images of sheet CD# is welcome to join - "amis de beaujard"

lamouche TVP rouge vars ...

in time, I hope to offer an analysis of many offset vars ... laPoste issued more than 20 12-position booklets ... my sample size is 500+ images scanned after removing from paper ... the normal position is row2/1 ... row1/ shows extreme shifts ... and row2/2 and down shift... using metrics software, I plan to map - vars in pixels.

stay tuned ... in future, I will be trading sets of these vars ... dallay does list vars, based on other criteria. the key for booklet references is sococodami ...




Saturday, March 20, 2010

2006-010

ex sheet, this plate variety shows an ink dot in the left margin ...
sourcing this var, will be difficult , as the common sheet reference point, is corner blocs - or CD # ... these may or may not show the var ...

I have never seen full sheets ... perhaps the acadamie nationale, paris ?

2005-tvp rouge


in cataloging my collection, I discovered the sheet plate variety shown ...
two anomolies : the break above the flower, and the break within the flower

this can be caused by debris on the cylinder, sometimes called a "dry print"

Friday, March 12, 2010

beaujard ... focus : solidarite





the
upu and haiti po ... follow the links for more info ...

some interesting imagery here ...

stampprinters.info shows some unusual test examples of the France issues ... see links