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Booklet Panes by Scott Numbers

The First Canal Zone Booklets were made from local sheet stocks in the Canal Zone. This was decided in the beginning to save the costs involved to print Booklet Stamps from new plates. A the time, the CZ post office had at least a two year supply of stamps in house.

The covers were printed in Mount Hope by the Isthmanian Canal Commission press until 1914 when it was renamed the Panama Canal Press. At first the booklets were made by stapling or sewing the covers to either 2 or 4 sheets (depending on the # of stamps to b included in the books) to bind them and then cutting the books apart. 14 books were produced in each of these operations. 20 stamps would be left in a block from the center of the sheets, which were then put back into window stock. Colored cover stocks were soon introduced to help identify the value of the stamps in each book.

Please note that these early hand made books often have the outside perforations missing due to the cutting process. The books can be plated from the edge marking on the selvage. A-E Vertical, and are from the tops of the sheets, F & G have selvage on right, while H &I are from the left middle of the sheet and J-M are from the bottom of the sheets and have the selvage on the bottom. F-I position books are often refereed to as “squat booklets”.

Scott#38c was handmade while #38b was the first issue to be machine made in 1916 as were all subsequent Books until 1933, when due to a postage rate increase Scott # 115a and #117b were made until #117a machine made booklets arrived. Later Canal Zone Booklets were printed in 360 subject panes when ordered from the Bureau of Printing. Some later issues were made with glued edges

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