Friday, 25 May 2012

1935 Silver Jubilee Omnibus Issue

The stamps and postal history of King George V (1910-1936) are my major areas of interest. The classic designs have never been matched in my view.

The 1935 Silver Jubilee series, and the numerous varieties to be found, are my favourite issues and a particular focus of study.

A total of 44 colonies subscribed to this issue, (creating the first Empire/Commonwealth Omnibus issue) with all except Newfoundland printing in two colours with a central vignette.

Three printers were employed for the task, Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co, De la Rue & Co and Waterlow & Sons. The stamps were recess-printed, and although a common design was used, the varieties are particular to the relevant printer's plates

A superb resource for these issues, and the non-Omnibus issues of the major Dominions can be found here

The following scans show perhaps the most recognisable variety from each printer

Gambia SG146a 1/- (Bradbury Wilkinson)  showing variety "Extra Flagstaff"

Mauritius SG248h (De la Rue) 1r showing variety "Dot by Flagstaff"

Turks & Caicos SG190k 1/- (Waterlow) showing variety "Kite and Vertical Log"

Despite the high catalogue values of these varieties, they are still often unidentified by sellers and can be found at prices better suited to the normal stamps. Keep your eyes peeled!


  1. I was just wondering about the white line above the "A" in Postage on the Turks & Caicos Islands example, is it a flaw or a variety?


    1. It's the unique "dust on scanner" variety I'm afraid!