Plating The 3¢ U.S. Imperforate Stamp of 1851 - 1857


Recognition and Acknowledgments:

Robin Lund

Of course, acknowlegements MUST begin with Rob Lund and his Complete Plating of the 3¢ U.S. Imperforate Stamp of 1851 - 1857. Without Rob's incredible achievement, there was nothing for me to work with. Thank you Rob for being so supportive and answering all my questions.

I must share a small story of Rob's help. I noticed the stamps in his album pages were placed in open-top strip mounts - approximately 245mm long, which very nicely held 10-stamps in a single row. That makes it very easy to place stamps in and take them out. I looked everywhere for those 245mm "Hawid-style" mounts, but I could only find lengths up to 215mm for the 30mm height needed for this stamp -- too short to hold 10 stamps in a row. I was really frustrated, but bought the only mounts I could find and decided to cut the strips to hold 5 stamps each, so there would be two strips per row. This would double the work in building album pages and make the rows much harder to line up exactly. Anyway, in one phone conversation about other things, I finally remembered to ask Rob where he bought those mounting strips that were so long. He thought a bit and remembered that he had purchased Scott split-back mounts that were at least twice the height of his rows and cut them in half lengthwise. Those large Scott split-back strips are sold in lengths up to 265mm, so there was plenty of length to hold a row of 10 stamps. Plus, he got two rows per strip. Simple, yet brilliant! I don't think I would ever have thought of that solution.

The Platers

Platers who have achieved the complete plating of this issue are few. They deserve our recognition and honor. My "educated guess" of those who have achieved the complete plating include the following:

Nathan Humble

Creating this web site has been so much fun for me. I had no prior web programming experience, so this was a constant learning process over the past year. I started with scanning Rob's plated 1/4 panes of stamps. Then, through a $10 Udemy.com online course, I learned Photoshop (slicing, aligning, cropping, scripted canvasing and resizing, etc). Next, it was on to Udemy.com, W3schools.com and StackOverflow.com tutorials in web design with html, css, bootstrap, fancybox, and much more. Finally, with yet another Udemy.com course, I tackled the database and application development and deployment side with MySql, Sequel Pro, the Laravel PHP Model-View-Controller Framework, and Laravel Eloquent Object-Relational-Mapping. A year ago, most of those words would have meant nothing to me. Throughout all of this, Nathan Humble was a constant expert resource for fixing all my broken web processes and filling in the gaps missing in the courses. Many weekends, I spent hours trying to figure out how to fix my broken programming, and Monday morning Nathan would fix it in minutes. Nathan was constantly full of great ideas for helping me get this project over the version 1.0 Finish Line. Thanks Nathan!

Robert J. Lampert

Bob Lampert began mentoring me early in my journey with this stamp. He has been my valued sounding board during this process of turning spreadsheets into a web site. Bob's insight into the wide world of plating and his willingness to share everything he saw with nothing held back was appreciated more than he likely knows. I have enjoyed immensely our long phone conversations over the gory details of all the data table worksheets. Bob is also an expert on color and really sped up my learning curve on many issues. Thanks Bob for being there to support me!

Richard C. Celler

Dick Celler responded within hours to every single one of my novice emails with valuable information that helped me learn. As a member of the USPCS 3¢ Study Group, I usually just "hang back" and watch the amazing knowledge of Richard Celler display itself again and again. I am now gradually attempting to insert myself into some of those conversations, but Dick stands high above as the Grand Master of all things plating. I really don't know how he does it. Thanks Dick for all your expertise on display for all of us in that study group.

Dr. Carroll Chase

A 374 page book on a single stamp? What's that all about? That is what got me hooked on this plating thing when I returned to stamps after too many years. Sure, I was tackling my U.S. Classics collection; but, working on this massive jigsaw puzzle hit all my buttons. It had order, analysis, art, history, potential completion, reasonable rarity, and would not be an entire waste of time. It provided me a practical reason to learn how to build a web site. This is a great hobby! How the stars aligned when Dr. Chase was ill and trying to fill his time with this stamp must be a very interesting story. But, this whole thing really appealed to me. Thank you Dr. Carroll Chase for starting it all.

DeVere Card, Mark Friedman, David Watt, Bill Amonette, Dick Celler (Again) and others

DeVere Card, Mark Friedman, David Watt, Dick Celler, Bill Amonnette, and others I am sure, stewed over the notion of Plating Systems for years. I have seen the correspondence about "computerizing the process." With today's technology, once the work of evaluating each stamp is done, presenting the results is easy to achieve. I believe the real value of this web site will be version 2.0, which will launch the first solutions to the "ADDITIONAL ANALYSIS" goals of this web site. All of the aforementioned have great ideas for different ways to look at these stamps and help platers plate them faster and easier. All of their ideas are readily transferable to this web site. It just takes more hours of heavy lifting to get the job done. I intend to begin that during 2018; but, I wanted to launch this "Version 1.0" to show the beginnings of a process of growth. Thanks all!

Richard Celler (One more time) and Elliot Omiya

Dick and Elliot's work on reliefs is just amazing. I have read their articles many times and each time something new sticks. Thank you for doing this research and explaining it so well.

The U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, American Philatelic Research Library, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

I relied heavily on many resources from the USPCS, rare information from APRL, and the Chase Photos from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Hopefully, I have done them all some justice with this educational study of the 3¢ imperforate stamp. Thank you very much for your resources. Links to these amazing organizations are below:

About Me

June 2015, I returned to stamps after a 42 year hiatus. After plowing through my long untouched storage boxes, for some reason stamps stuck again - and with a passion. The online auctions and research resources, nonexistent in 1973, had a lot to do with that. In the Fall of 2016 I got very interested in the 3¢ plating and wanted to learn to program a web site as well as see how far I could take my excel worksheets with the data. Here it is. Other than that, I am a 64 year old boomer, ex-rock drummer, ex-CPA, active entrepreneur/small business owner, husband/father/grandfather, and now classic U.S. stamp guy living in Oregon. February 22, 2018.