embossed Machin / エンボスの女王

December 24, 2011

16 February 1999, UK
‘Profile on Print’ booklet
embossed by Walsall Security Printers
based on original design by Arnold Machin
self-adhesive

Can you not see the Queen?  Please click the image larger.

When the first Penny Black was introduced in 1840, the post office must have sold them a lot and made a fortune – the second printing method they introduced after intaglio, in 1847, was the rather costly technique of embossing.

This embossed Machin was made to celebrate those rare ( and now expensive ) achievements of 1847-1854 high value definitives.  The die for the press was based on the original Machin cast.

Taking photos of this stamp was not easy!  Different light creates a diversity of expression in the Queen’s face.  One looks more prominent of relief but shows an anxious face, another is paler but with a noble atmosphere.  I experienced some of the difficulties of the team who took the photo for the Machin stamps in 1967.


切手が真っ白?拡大してみてください。

イギリスで最初の切手が発行された時、きっとたくさん売れて郵便局はひと稼ぎしたのだと想像します。凹版印刷の次に1847年に導入された印刷技術は高額な投資の必要な「エンボス」でした。

この切手は、その最初のエンボス切手へのオマージュとして発行され、メイチン作の石膏彫刻からプレス型が作られました。

この撮影は思ったよりも難しく、、、浮き彫りの詳細がはっきり写ったら女王の顔が悲しそうになり、表情がいちばん気高く見える角度からの光では首の輪郭線が飛んでしまう。1967年にこの普通切手が発行された時の撮影チームの苦労を、ちっちゃなスケールで追体験した気分です。

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