Today's post is the last in a series of posts in which I discuss the general characteristics of the printing work done by the various printing firms in the production of Nigeria's postage stamps. Although substantially all of the postage stamp production was carried out by six printing firms, there were a few other, lesser known firms that had a hand in producing some of Nigeria's stamps. I do not possess full sheets of the stamps printed by these firms, so I am not in a position to provide the same kinds of information as in the previous posts. However, I can offer some general observations about the characteristics of the papers and gums used, as well as the printing methods.
The firms and organizations involved are:
1. The Government Printer of Israel.
2. Lewin-Epstein of Bat Yam, Israel.
3. Enschede and Sons of Holland.
4. Cartor of France.
5. Kalamazoo Security Print.
6. Superflux International Ltd., of Lagos.
7. The Lisbon Mint, of Portugal.
The Government Printer Of Israel
The Government Printer of Israel was involved in the production of four commemorative stamp issues between 1963 and 1965:
- The Republic Day Issue, which was released on September 1, 1963.
- The 1/3d Kennedy Memorial Issue, released August 27, 1964.
- The 3d First Anniversary of the Republic Issue, released October 1, 1964.
- The Quiet Sun Year Issue, released April 1, 1965.
- The fourth Anniversary of the Republic Issue, which was released on October 1, 1967.
- The re-drawn 2d and 4d definitives released in September 1970 and March 1971.
- The Stamp of Destiny Issue marking the end of the civil war, released May 28, 1970.
- The tenth Anniversary of Independence Issue, released September 30, 1970.
- The Racial Equality Year Issue, released March 21, 1971.
This concludes my discussion of the work done by different printing firms in relation to Nigerian stamps. I hope you enjoyed reading these articles as much as I enjoyed writing them.