Inside Linn’s: Master Engraver Czeslaw Slania

By Charles Snee

The October 18 monthly issue of Linn stamp just landed on the press and goes in the mail to subscribers on Monday October 4th. And if you subscribe to by Linn digital edition, you lead the way with early access on Saturday, October 2. While you wait for your number to arrive in your mailbox, take advantage of these three quick snapshots of exclusive content available only to subscribers.

Master Engraver Czeslaw Slania

“When you think of engraved postage stamps and wonder who is the most productive stamp engraver of all time, the first person that comes to mind is Czeslaw Slania, a distinguished Polish artist who was born this year. 100 years ago. Writes Armagan Ozdinc in a special article on Slania’s remarkable life and her prodigious philatelic production. Slania designed and / or engraved 1,080 unique designs which appeared on a total of 1,547 stamps issued by 32 postal administrations. Of these unique designs, 1,047 were hand engraved by him on a steel plate and intaglio printed. Although best known for the stamps he engraved, Slania also engraved 42 banknote designs for 10 countries. He also engraved, printed and punched a series of labels depicting heavyweight boxing world champions.

Celebrate the Art de France series that started 60 years ago

In Philately of France, Larry Rosenblum presents the beautifully engraved stamps of France that depict works of art. The Art series, which began in 1961, benefited from advances in intaglio printing technology. As Rosenblum explains, “The catalyst for the series was a new press that produced stamps by a process known as TD6. TD stands for “intaglio”, the French term for engraving, and the six indicates the maximum number of colors that can be printed. Rosenblum provides a useful introduction to the TD6 process (which requires the engraver to make two dies, each capable of printing up to three colors) before taking readers on a captivating guided tour of the Art Series. If you love the intricacies of engraving and stamps with great visual appeal, be sure to read the entire column.

Counterfeit Postcards from USA Part 2

The first part of Ken Lawrence’s in-depth column on philately on counterfeit American postcards appeared in the September 20 issue of Linn stamp. He focused on the efforts of U.S. postal agents to create a postcard designed to thwart counterfeiters, and how the subsequent shutdown of security features precipitated a wave of counterfeit postcards. In Part Two, Lawrence resumes his examination of postcard counterfeits from the late 1880s and early 1890s and continues with counterfeit postcards issued between the mid to late 1890s. He also takes a close look at E. Louis Smith, who produced huge quantities of counterfeit postcards before his capture and confession in early 1902.

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