Australian EFO's

Rusted Cliche

Between uses the steel plates used to print the 1d George V stamps were normally thoroughly cleaned and then coated in vaseline before being locked away in storage. Upon retrieval of the current plate, Plate IV, in 1916 it was discovered to have been damaged by rust. Two adjoining impressions, numbers 34 and 35, were affected. Even so, the plate was cleaned of the debris and one (or more?) printings were made.

These impressions show the two "Rusted Cliche" varieties. Before much use had been made in this condition, the two positions were cut out and substitutions were inserted.


At left is a detail from this copy of Position 34. The rusting continued down and right from this cliche onto Position 35 affecting the design into the Roo's head and back.

Position 34

Philately Australia EFO's