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1953 $1 Totem Production File

Saskatoon Stamp Centre

(Originally published by Saskatoon Stamp Centre on its website on 5 January 2009)


This page includes a number of pieces from $1 Totem production file on two rejected essays. 5 different large + 2 “DEFACED” die essays with XG-969 above and CBNC imprint below. Defaced marked “1st Die” and “2nd Die” at upper right. Tin plate proof, and photos.

To begin with, here is the issued stamp.

This image is an essay from the first production die.

The next three images are also from the first production die.

The following image is an enlarged scan from the Die 1 Essay. You can easily see the differences between Die 1 and Die 2, (enlarged scan of Die 2 further down the page), most notably in the dollar sign ($), text, trees in the background, and white “H” near the lower right part of the stamp’s design.

This next image is of the defaced first die.

The following is a photo proof attached to paper, with notes.

Below: photostat #7 — negative.

Below: Photostat #8.

The next two images are from the second production die.

The following image is an enlarged scan from the Die 2 essay. You can easily see the differences between Die 1 and Die 2, most notably in the dollar sign ($), text, trees in the background, and a larger white “H” near the lower right part of the stamp’s design.

Below: Photostat Model 17.

Below: Photostat negative.

Below: tin plate proof of the second die.

This next image is of the defaced second die.

Photostat #11.

Below: photostat #6.

The following image is two photographic die essays in black on glossy paper on part of manilla ledger page. Die # XG969 “typed” at top. “CANADIAN BANK NOTE” at bottom of second. Printer’s notes at side.

This last image shows enlargements of die essays I, II and the issued stamp for comparison.

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