The Joy of Panes - Plating the Stamps of Canada's First Booklet Pane
The Joy of Panes – Plating the Stamps of Canada’s First Booklet Pane by Spencer, Peter. A plating study of the stamps of the first booklets ever issued by the Canada Post Office Department. Colour, spiral, 100 pp. ISBN: 978-1-927119-48-8. Stock # B4h072-1.
The Joy of Panes – Plating the Stamps of Canada’s First Booklet Pane is the seventh volume in Peter Spencer’s series on the plating of Canada’s Queen Victoria era Numeral Issue. Using today’s technology to produce scans of vivid clarity, the author has closely examined the two plates used to prepare the six Two Cent stamps in each booklet pane to advise readers how to determine the plate of individual copies of these popular stamps. The Joy of Panes is a companion to the author’s previous Numeral volumes, the Two Cent (2005), the One Cent (2006), the Five Cent Plate 1 (2007), the Ten Cent (2008), the Twenty Cent (2010) and the Five Cent Plates 2 and 3 (2012).
The Joy of Panes is the first major plating study of the Two Cent values of Canada’s first booklet pane. Printed from plates specially made for the purpose and not from those used to print the general issue Two Cent stamp, the author has discovered enough varieties to fill this 100 page book. It will form an excellent basis for further studies of these stamps and possible additional discoveries which readers may make as they examine their holdings.
Peter Spencer began stamp collecting in the 1950s. After schooling in his native Alberta, he received Physics degrees from Queen’s University at Kingston and the University of Waterloo. He taught Physics for a third of a century and was privileged to be the Head of Science at Leacock Collegiate in Agincourt, Ontario during the years when it was one of the top twenty Science schools in North America. He was co-author of a physics text which, in one of its editions, was used in the majority of the high schools in Ontario.
On retirement Peter quietly metamorphosed into a full-time philatelist with the world as his interest, preferably used, pre-1900, engraved, colourful, or odd and unusual – preferably all five together. His interests have touched on a wide range from Afghanistan to the Bomba Heads of Sicily to Zaire. In 2003, he co-taught the ‘Detecting Fakes and Forgeries’ APS Summer Seminar in State College, Pennsylvania with Bill Dixon.