Five Cent Beaver II Plating Notable Re-Entries
The Five Cent Beaver: II. Plating the More Notable Varieties and Re-entries, 2007 by Kenneth A. Kershaw. The author has used today’s technology to replate the 1859 Five Cent Beaver stamp, re-entries and flaws found by Calder and Whitworth are shown, along with many new varieties. Colour. Spiral Bound, 332 pp.
Ken Kershaw continues his amazing output of plating information on the stamps of Canada and Prince Edward Island Pence with two new books on Canada’s Five Cent Beaver stamp of 1859. In these volumes Ken has used today’s technology to take the previous plating work of J. A. Calder and Geoffrey Whitworth to an entirely new level, showing in highly magnified colour both previously known and many newly discovered varieties and re-entries. In ‘The Five Cent Beaver: II. Plating the More Notable Varieties and Re-entries, Ken effectively re-plates the 5¢ Beaver, showing all the key known re-entries and the more serious flaws in each of the 100 positions in the plate, on a stamp by stamp basis, for all states (1-12) of the plate.
Ken Kershaw was born in England and became fascinated by plants at an early age. He graduated from Manchester University with a B Sc degree in Botany in 1952. After military service he went on to a Ph. D. degree working on pattern in vegetation, and was appointed lecturer in Plant Ecology at Imperial College London in 1957. He was seconded to Ahmadu Bello University in northern Nigeria for two years. On his return to Imperial College he became involved with lichen ecology, particularly in alpine and arctic areas, in addition to his work on computer modelling and data analysis. He obtained his D Sc in 1965 and was appointed Professor at McMaster University, Hamilton in 1969. His research was then devoted heavily to the ecology of the Canadian low arctic and northern boreal forest areas, and in 1982 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of several university texts and many articles.
Ken’s passion for wild plants has been transferred to Canadian philately. He sees his plating work simply as the “taxonomy of bits of paper” and after a lifetime of plant taxonomy finds it a fairly straightforward and fascinating hobby.