Paper Heritage - Railways : Isle of Man Definitives : Imprint Dates

A summary here of the different Imprint Dates which exist on the 1988-92 definitives. Many of these stamps may be found se-tenant in various combinations from sheets of 50 mixed values, specially printed for the production of booklets. First, a table of the imprint dates which exist (the colours in the table have no significance). A ' * ' after the word 'yes', (yes*), indicates the stamp was only issued in booklets:

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Value Design 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
1 p Horse Trams, Douglas Yes . . . .
2 p Snaefell Mountain Rly Yes . . . .
3 p Marine Drive Tramway Yes Yes* . . .
4 p Douglas Cable Car . . . Yes .
5 p Douglas Head Incline Rly Yes . . . .
10 p Manx Electric Rly Yes . . . .
13 p Douglas Cable Car Yes . . . .
14 p Loco Caledonia Yes Yes* . . .
15 p Laxey Mine Rly Yes . Yes . .
16 p Port Erin Rly Yes . . . .
17p Ramsey Harbour Tramway Yes Yes* . Yes* .
18 p LOCO No. 7 TYNWALD Yes . . . .
18 p TPO SPECIAL . . . . Yes
19 p Baldwin Reservoir Tramway Yes . Yes . .
20p Loco Kissack Yes . . . .
21 p Loco Caledonia . . . Yes .
23 p Douglas Decker Horse Tram . . . . Yes
25 p Loco Hutchinson Yes . . . .
50 p Groudle Glen Rly Yes . . . Yes
1.00 The Royal Train Yes . . . Yes
Value Design 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
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Booklet Panes (all vertical format):
** 16p + 3p + 13p + 3p + 16p (all 1988 imprint):.... Source:.... Sheet/50 of 5 double strips/5 in this format
** 16p + 13p + 16p + 13p + 16p + 13p + 16p + 13p + 16p + 13p (all 1988 imprint):... Source:.. Sheet/50 of 5 strips in this format

** 14p + 3p + 17p + 3p + 14p (all 1989 imprint):.... Source:.... Sheet/50 of 5 double strips/5 in this format
** 17p + 14p + 17p + 14p + 17p +14p + 17p + 14p + 17p + 14p (all 1989 imprint):... Source:... Sheet/50 of 5 strips in this format

** 19p + 15p + 19p (all 1990 imprint): Source:.... As sheet format below
** 19p + 15p + 19p + 15P + 19p + 19p + 15p +19p + 15p + 19p (all 1990 imprint):... Source:... Sheet/50 of 5 strips in this format

** 17p + 4p + 21p + 4p + 4p (all 1991 imprint):.... Source:.... see below in italics
** 17p + 4p + 21p + 4p + 4p + 17p + 17p +17p (all 1991 imprint):.... Source:.... see below in italics
The sheet format for the two booklet panes above is five vertical strips of :
17p + 4p + 21p + 4p + 4p + 17p + 17p +17p + 4p + 21p.
I imagine, as the 4p and 21p were entirely new vales, that the two stamps at the bottom of the strip were retained and sent out as new issues in the guise of normal stamps. I have no record of these two stamps being issued in normal sheets but they may possibly have been. Under the circumstances, it may not be appropriate to show them as being solely booklet stamps (marked with an * in the table above) but it could well be a valid subject for discussion! I have, however, marked the 17p with 1991 imprint as being solely issued in booklets.

** 18p + 23p + 18p + 23p + 18p (all 1992 imprint):.... Source:.... Same as below.
** 18p + 23p + 18p + 23p + 18p + 18p + 23p + 18p + 23p + 18p (all 1992 imprint):.... Source:.... Sheet/50 of 5 strips in this format
Note: The 18p and 23p definitely DO EXIST in normal sheets as well as in this booklet format

The booklet sheets/50 were on sale to the public.

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