Saturday, 2 April 2016

Newfoundland 1923 - Humber River

In 1923 Newfoundland issued a stunning set of eleven pictorial definitives. A further two stamps in this series were issued in 1924. In this blog I'm going to focus on one stamp in particular from this set. The 4 cent Humber River. I chose this stamp because it was the first ever Newfoundland stamp from the King George V period to catch my eye. 


The 4 cent Humber River stamp was issued in 1923. It was designed by Archibald Gribb and engraved by Leonard Vincent Phillips. The caption beneath the image declares "A quiet nook..." And I think this sense has been captured beautifully. The tree detail is breathtaking.


This stamp was based on a photo by Robert Edwards Holloway. Holloway developed an interest in photography from a desire to understand how the process worked. Suffering from Tuberculosis, he used photography as a form of therapy. He travelled many time through Newfoundland capturing numerous glass-plate negatives. He had a book published entitled Through Newfoundland with a Camera which contained over one hundred of his images. I'm not certain if the photo that this stamp was based on was in this book. I did, however, find a copy of the actual photo.

Until next time...

Stay Engraver Crazy!

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