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USSS Research Papers are inexpensively photo-copied for quick distribution. They contain important research results; however, the subjects are limited in scope. These papers are punched for 3 ring binders; order postpaid to U.S. addresses (foreign postage, send inquiry to Frank Braithwaite):
Frank Braithwaite
56 Morewood Drive
Smithtown, NY 11787


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#1
Printing History of U.S. Postage Dues, Series 1894 and 1930 flat plates.
Research Paper #1.
Printing History of U.S. Postage Dues, Series of 1894 and 1930 flat plate printings.


This is a tabulation of printing records from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, starting in 1898.  There are three lists.  First, the printing history of each plate.  Second, the groupings of plates that were at press together (normally a set of 4 plates, but often of different denominations, since the colors were all the same and the small number to be printed did not justify using full sets of four plates of a single denomination).  Third, a list of the mixed denomination printings.  34 pages.
   $7
#2
Folded-Style and Pressure Sensitive Booklet Checklist, Updated 13th Edition.
Research Paper #2.
Folded-Style and Pressure Sensitive Booklet Checklist, Updated 13th Edition.

Includes booklets from 1977 to date.

This checklist includes plate numbers used, marginal markings, plate layouts, and other pertinent information on folded booklets.  Approximately 1700 varieties are listed, and key markings are illustrated.  The checklist can be used as a catalog or as a personal inventory of holdings.  The MDI booklets and self stick "convertible booklets" and ATM sheetlets are included.  85 pages.
Includes booklets from 1977 through date.
 $18
#3
Dummy Stamp Booklets, 3rd edition, 1998.
Research Paper #3.
Dummy Stamp Booklets, 3rd edition (1998).


This study includes a list of all reported dummy booklets and panes, and illustrations of most of the varieties.  It is a must for any collector of dummy booklets or panes.  115 pages.
 $18
#4
Half-cent Presidential Bureau Precancels. Plate Numbers and Positions.
Research Paper #4.
Half-cent Presidential Bureau Precancel Plate Numbers.


Plate numbers and positions (including reports to January 1994).  This study reports for each city the plate numbers and reported positions known on Bureau Precancels of the 1/2¢ Presidential issue (Scott #803).  Wide spaced and narrow spaced overprints are listed separately.  7 pages.
   $4
#5
Printing History of Washington-Franklin 3¢-$5 Denominations.
Research Paper #5.
" Printing History of the Washington-Franklin Series, 3¢-$5 Denominations.
"

" This Research Paper lists the printing periods for each plate, and also lists the sets of plates that were at press together for each printing period.  The data come from the plate vault records of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  The coverage is all denominations from 3¢ up to $5, and includes all flat plates used for sheet stamps and booklet panes, and rotary ones used for coils.  Offset plates are not included, since these plates normally went to press only once and the dates are listed in the B.I.A. Plate Number Checklist for plates 1-20,000.  The coverage is from 1908 to 1923.  66 pages.
Includes coils and booklets but not offset issues.
  $11
#6
Printing History of Special Delivery, Parcel Post, Parcel Post Due, Special Handling, Registration, Official Mail and Postal Savings Plates.
Research Paper #6.
Printing History of Special Delivery, Parcel Post, Parcel Post Due, Special Handling, Registration, Official Mail and Postal Savings Flat Plates.


Rotary press Postal Savings Plates used in 1941-2 are included.  This Research Paper lists the printing history of each plate, and also the groupings of plates (usually 4) that were at press together for each printing period.  Mixed denomination printings of Parcel Post and Special Handling plates are listed separately.  26 pages.
   $6
#7
Production Records for the 1903 and 1914-15 Printings of the "Roosevelt" and "Panama-Pacific" Small Die Proofs.
Research Paper #7.
A Study of the Production Records for the 1903 and 1914-15 Printings of the "Roosevelt" and "Panama-Pacific" Small Die Proofs.


This Research Paper contains the virtually complete record of the production of these series of small die prints, taken from "proving room" record books in the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  The information tabulated includes the die number, printing date, number of impressions, press number, and in some cases the disposition of the impressions.  82 pages.
 $13
#8
Printing History of Booklet Panes Plates, 1900-1954.
Research Paper #8.
Printing History of Plates Used for Production of Booklet Panes, 1900-1954.


" This Research Paper lists the printing dates for each plate, and also the groupings of plates (normally 4 for flat plates, and always 2 for rotary plates) used together for each printing period.  The coverage runs from the first booklet panes issued in 1900 through the Presidential booklet panes, except for the 2¢ Presidential Eye plates, the records for which have not been found.  Flat and rotary press plates are included.  71 pages.
  $11
#9
Printing History of the First Bureau Issue Plates, 1894-1903.
Research Paper #9.
Printing History of Plates used for Production of the First Bureau Issue, 1894-1903.


This Research Paper lists all printing information for First Bureau plates used for sheet and booklet pane stamps.  For the period 1894-8 we have only a few "to press" dates, but we do have the dates on which the plates were certified and hardened, and this permits determination of which sets of 4 plates went to press together.  This information is listed for early postage due, special delivery, and newspaper plates as well as for the plates used for sheet stamps.  Starting in the fall of 1898 we have the full printing history of all plates, and this is arranged first of all by individual plates, and second, for those denominations where plate sets were not kept together, by plate sets that were at press together.  Where multiple sets of 4 plates were at press at the same time, the distribution between sets is at times arbitrary, but in most cases plates that were sent to press together and later dropped from the press on the same day were certainly used as a set.  This Research Paper also lists the printing periods for the plates made by the Bureau and used to print stamps for Cuba.  41 pages.
   $8
#10
Printing History of 1¢ and 2¢ Stamps of the Washington-Franklin Issue.
Research Paper #10.
Printing History of Washington-Franklin Flat 1¢ and 2¢ Plates and Rotary Sheet and Coil Plates.


This Research Paper lists the printing periods for each plate, and also lists the sets of plates that were at press together for each printing period.  The data come from the plate vault records of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  The coverage includes all 1¢ and 2¢ flat plates used for sheet stamps, as well as rotary press plates used for coils of all denominations and for 1¢ sheet stamps.  Offset plates are not included, since these plates went to press only once and the dates are listed in the B.I.A. Plate Number Checklist for plates 1-20,000.  Booklet panes plates are not included, since they are in Research Paper #8.  The coverage is from 1908 to 1923.  148 pages.
 $22
#11
Printing History of Second Bureau Plates Used for Sheet Stamps.
Research Paper #11.
Printing History of Second Bureau Plates Used for Sheet Stamps.


This Research Paper lists the printing periods for each plate, and also lists the sets of plates that were at press together for each printing period.  The data come from the plate vault records of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  The coverage includes all plates of the 1902 series, and both the flag and shield 2¢ stamps.  Booklet panes plates are not included, since they are in Research Paper #8.  97 pages.
 $15
#12
1954 Liberty Series Plate Activity Precancel Checklists.
Research Paper #12.
1954 Liberty Series Plate Activity & Precancel Checklists.


This research paper is actually two reports.  The first is a precancel checklist of all the varieties of the 1954 Liberty Series including wet and dry prints for sheet stamps and wet, dry and large hole, small hole varieties for the coils.  This checklist contains 270 more varieties than the PSS catalogue.  The second listing is a spreadsheet combining all the reports made to the  U.S. Specialist by Horace Trout dealing with the 1954 Liberty Series.  It lists number of times precancels were printed for a particular city, plates used and the press date for that printing.  Shipping dates were used when press dates were unavailable.  The information from this spreadsheet was used to make the first checklist mentioned above.  124 pages.
 $19
#13
Printing History of Rotary Sheet Plates, Series 1922.
Research Paper #13.
Printing History of Rotary Sheet Plates, Series 1922.


This Research Paper lists for each plate made for sheet stamps the dates to press, the companion plate on the press, as well as assignment, certification and cancellation dates and total impressions from the plate, where recorded.  The data come from the vault records of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  The Harding Memorial issue is included, but not the 3¢ Stuart of 1932.  150 pages.
The Harding Memorial issue is included, but not the 3¢ Stuart of 1932.
 $22
#14
Printing History of Coil Plates, Series 1922.
Research Paper #14.
Printing History of Coil Plates, Series 1922.


This Research Paper lists for each plate made for coil stamps the dates to press, the companion plate on the press, as well as assignment, certification and cancellation dates and total impressions from the plate, where recorded.  The data come from the vault records of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  The 3¢ Stuart of 1932 is not included.  88 pages.
 $13
#15
Printing History of Series 1922 Flat Plates Used for Sheet Stamps.
Research Paper #15.
Printing History of Series 1922 Flat Plates Used for Sheet Stamps (except for the 2¢ value).


A tabulation of printing records from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  Plates are listed two ways.  First by groups of plates sent to press together and arranged by "to press" dates.  Second, the groupings of plates thatwere at press together and arranged chronologically.  69 pages.
(Except for the 2¢ value.)
  $11
#16
U.S. Postal Insurance Booklets (1965-1985).
Research Paper #16.
U.S. Postal Insurance Booklets (1965-1985).


A comprehensive work on the history and details of these booklets.  Includes descriptions and illustrations for each of the 19 varieties, plus much additional information.  54 pages.
   $9
#17
Printing History of 3¢ Stuart Coil Plates: Series 1932.
Research Paper #17.
Printing History of 3¢ Stuart Coil Plates: Series 1932.


This research paper provides data tables for each plate used for these coil stamps.  The information is arranged by plate number and lists date assigned, date certified, to press periods with companion plate for each period, date cancelled, and a total number of impressions.  21 pages.
   $6
#18
Printing History of Series 1922 Flat Plates Used for 2¢ Washington and Harding Memorial Sheet Stamps.
Research Paper #18.
Printing History of Series 1922 Flat Plates Used for 2¢ Washington and Harding Memorial Sheet Stamps.


This research paper consists of data tables indicating when each of these plates was "at press".  The tables are arranged by these "at press" dates.  The printing history of the booklet pane plates is found in Research Paper #8, while the information for rotary press sheet stamps is in Research Paper #13, and that for the coil stamps is in Research Paper #14.  46 pages.
   $9
#19 A Type Written Transcription of the U.S. Post Office Dept. Stamp Bill Book Numbers for the Issue of 1870 Ordinaries, 1870-1879, Part One: The National & Continental Issues.  $14
#20 Selected Records from the Files of the 3rd Assistant Postmaster General 1869-1889.  $17
#21
Printing History of the 6¢ 1938 Airmail Stamp, Scott C23
Research Paper #21.
Printing History of the 6¢ 1938 Airmail Stamp, Scott C23


This paper presents data in three parts. The first is a description of the marginal markings that occur on these stamps. The second is a list of the dates the plates were assigned and certified, the printing periods, impression totals for each period and press used, and the dates the plates were modified and finally cancelled. Total impressions for each plate are tabulated. The third section shows the sets of four plates at press together for the various printing periods, the press used and the impressions for that printing period. 19 pages.
   $4

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Frank Braithwaite
56 Morewood Drive
Smithtown, NY 11787


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The USSS Reprint series comprises articles originally published in  The U.S. Specialist and deemed of sufficient interest that they have been reproduced for sale to the general public.  Order Reprints, postpaid, from the:

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Reprint #1 The Washington-Franklin Heads!  Simplified.  By Larry S. Weiss.  16 pages, illustrated.  $3
Reprint #2 Perforation Measurements of U.S. Stamps.  20 pages, illustrated.  $3
Reprint #3 Small Die Proofs of the 20th Century's Second Quarter.  By James H. Patterson.  16 pages, illustrated.  $3
Reprint #4 Luminescent Tagging on U.S. Stamps.  By Gene Paquette with an update by Ken Lawrence.   $3
Reprint #5 The U.S. 1847 Issue.  By Harvey Mirsky.  $3



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