The Coloured Papers Of The Colonial Period Stamps
Today's post will discuss the various coloured papers that are found on some of the stamps of Nigeria, both in the period after 1914 and in the pre-1914 period. Starting in 1904 with the Edward VII issues of Lagos, certain stamps having a face value above 2d were printed on a coloured paper. There were four basic colours found, with the denominations most commonly associated with them indicated:
- Blue - used either for the 2.5d or later for 2/6 stamps.
- Yellow - used either for 3d, & 4d stamps, and later for 5/- stamps.
- Green - used either for the 1/- or 10/- stamps.
- Red - used either for the 1d Lagos stamps or the one pound stamps.
- The blue papers can be found either with a greenish tinge to the blue, or with a greyish tinge to the blue. I have seen this on the Lagos 2.5d's and to a lesser extent on the Northern Nigeria 2/6d's, and the Southern Nigeria 2/6d's.
- The yellow papers can be found with a greenish tinge and an orangy tinge. Again I have found this on the Northern Nigeria 3d's & 4d's and the Southern Nigeria 3d's and 4d's.
- The green papers can be found with either a yellowish tinge to the green, or a bluish tinge. I have seen this on all the Northern Nigeria 1/- stamps as well as the Southern Nigeria stamps that are found on this paper.
- The red papers can be found in a brighter red shade as well as a brick red shade. I haven't examined enough Northern Nigeria and Southern Nigeria one pound stamps to say for certain what the full range of paper shades is on this values. However, I can confirm that the 1d Lagos stamps of the Edward VII issues can be found in the full range of red shades.
- yellow front and white back.
- lemon front and back.
- deep yellow front and yellow back.
- pale yellow front and orange-buff back.
- pale yellow front ad buff back.
- pale yellow front and back.
- blue green front, white back
- yellow green, white back.
- blue green front and back.
- yellow green front and back.
- blue green front and pale olive back.
- emerald front and pale olive back.
- emerald front and emerald back.
Again, the white backs and blue greens are the first papers, appearing in 1914. The yellow-green paper appears in 1915, while the blue green with pale olive back makes its appearance in 1917. The emerald papers with pale olive back appears in 1920 and the straight up emerald paper appears in 1921.