2006 Continental Issues

A set of six pictorial values depicting local scenes and the peoples from the different continents of Laernu.  Though the stamps do not identify which is which, some of these can be deduced, such as Meriq, Afriq and Centro.  There are three 1F values in portrait style, which have inscriptions on one side and POSTAG, and three higher values of different denominations in landscape which lack inscriptions and say POSTAGE AND REVENUE.  As usual with earlier Laernu issues, they were printed to decorate post, rather than being sold to collectors.  Hence individual cancelled stamps are frequent.

Trial printings of individual stamps exist.  They appear to be possibly laser printed onto ungummed paper, and are straight cut.  Essentially they are the same as the issued stamps though the Hoopla girl example seen is in a non-issued colour scheme, and the Swordfish hunt has been seen in two very slightly different colour schemes.  It is highly likely these are but a small sample of the colour trials printed before release.

Each stamp was issued in sheetlets of 8 stamps.  There were also sheetlets of mixed values with stamps arranged in tête-bêche style of same values, and se-tenant for different values.  There were two of the mixed sheets.  One comprised the three 1F values and the other with the three higher values.  The higher value sheet has a selvedge inscription ‘Is it not BETTER to strive for PERFECTION in DESIGN and risk FAILURE, than to achieve SUCCESS through MEDIOCRITY’.  Any se-tenant or tête-bêche pairs will have come from such sheets.

There were at least three different printings of these stamps.  The single stamp sheets used thinner paper and had rough matte gum – Type I paper.  The colours on these are marginally brighter.  Another print on type I paper had more intense colour shades and the sheets had alternative text in the selvedge.

The mixed sheets were printed with thicker, paper, had shiny gum, and a glossier finish – Type II paper.

Stamp size 42×32mm or 32×42mm.  Printed in the UK and perf 11.75 by Olathe Poste

12 2

34 4

56 6

7 4s

8 6sm1

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Laernu Continental Issues

SK NumberTypeDescription
111F Pipe smoking. Brown and sepia inscribed 'O GRACEIO DO CERAMICA FALHOUE’ which may translate as ‘Never trust a pipe-smoking potter' or even ‘Never trust a Babelfish’
1sSheet of 8
1tThicker paper, shiny gum. Type II paper from mixed sheet
1dDeeper shade Type I paper
1dsDeeper shade sheet of 8 with alternative selvedge text
221F Hoopla Girl. Plum and purple. Inscribed ‘ABAIXO DELE TODO UE SOU POBRE INFELIX‘ ‘Beneath it all I am poor’ Purple and burgundy
2sSheet of 8
2tThicker paper, shiny gum. Type II paper from mixed sheet
2tbTête-bêche pair from mixed sheet
2dDeeper shade Type I paper
2dsDeeper shade sheet of 8 with alternative selvedge text
2ipImperforate prototype, laser printed. Purple and Magenta
331F Melanesian man with a camera. Green and carmine. Inscribed ‘VOCE PODE POSUIR MAS NUNC MINHA ALMA’ 'You can take my pictures but never my soul'
3pfDitto perfinned with vertical lines of small stars
3sSheet of 8
3tThicker paper, shiny gum, Type II paper from mixed sheet
3dDeeper shade Type I paper
3dsDeeper shade sheet of 8 with alternative selvedge text
3ipImperforate prototype, laser print
443F Music Room (tribal group in a music tent). Turquoise and Indigo
4sSheet of 8
4siImperforate sheet of 8.
4tThicker paper, shiny gum, Type II paper from mixed sheet
4dDeeper shade Type I paper
4dsDeeper shade sheet of 8 with alternative selvedge text
555F Swordfish Hunt. Olive and Purple
5sSheet of 8
5tThicker paper, shiny gum, Type II paper from mixed sheet
5dDeeper shade Type I paper
5dsDeeper shade sheet of 8 with alternative selvedge text
5ip1Imperforate prototype, laser print. Olive and Purple
5ip2Imperforate prototype, laser print. Olive and shade of purple
667F Music Room 2 (tribal family in a music tent). Indigo and green
6sSheet of 8
6siImperforate sheet of 8
6tThicker paper, shiny gum, Type II paper from mixed sheet
6dDeeper shade Type I paper
6dsDeeper shade sheet of 8 with alternative selvedge text
6ipImperforate prototype, laser print
6sm17Mixed Sample Sheet 1. 8 stamps made up of two 4, four of 5 and two of 6. Thicker paper, shiny gum variety
6sm2Mixed Sample Sheet 2. 8 stamps made up of two 1, three 2 and three 3 - Thicker paper, shiny gum variety
6smi3A4 imperforate sheet of the three 1F single sheets - as printed before separation and performation.


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