The map of the stamp provided below indicates where flaws are located on the sheet of 42 stamps by the nuber showing their position across the six rows of seven stamps.
If your stamp has a flaw described, then you can be assured that the given position on the printing plate and therefore on the sheet is where that stamp came from.


1. The stamp map.

  1. Examine your 1d (1/-) Victoria Hospital Fund Charity stamp to determine possible flaws and their location.
    Clearly most constant flaws are in the top or bottom sections.
  2. Compare your findings with the following map in regards to possible location and select the stamp number you consider to be appropriate for that location.
  3. Then look for the full details for that stamp number by clicking on the relevant number in the table below the map.


  Position with Sheet Columns
Sheet Row 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Sheet Row 2 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Sheet Row 3 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Sheet Row 4 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Sheet Row 5 29 30 31 32 33 34 35
Sheet Row 6 36 37 38 39 40 41 42


Note that some flaws might appear on some stamps but not on others. There are two possible reasons for this:

  1. the problem you have identified could be an emerging one as the plate was used later in the process.
  2. the problem is not really a flaw but a temporary issue with some dirt on the plate during the printing of some sheets.
    The problem was then probably removed by the Stamp Printer wiping the plate clean during the printing process.
    Some "flaws" also appear when too uch ink has been applied by the printer of the plate has been used too long before being reinked.