Flaws, Guide Dots & Cork Cancels -- 1¢ Small Queen
A summary of the known flaws, guide dots and cork cancels in the 1¢ Small Queen, 2013 by Kershaw, Kenneth. A very useful aid to help collectors of the 1-cent Small Queen identify individual copies of the stamp. Colour. Spiral, 128 pp.
Rather than being a plating book where stamps are examined position by position, this volume is exactly what the title indicates, a summary of the known flaws, guide dots and cork cancels found on the 1¢ Small Queen, compiled after close examination of more than 6000 examples of the stamp. The flaws are grouped by type or common characteristic such as the “Strand of Hair”, which is covered in detail. While collectors of the issue will be pleased to find that many of the items they too have found are illustrated, the author makes it clear that many more are likely to be found.
Ken Kershaw is the author of 19 BNAPS books. He 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 modeling 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. 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.