EARLY SINGLE DIE PROOFS
OF PHILIPPINE CHRISTMAS SEALS
By Nemy L. Rivera
A single die proof
is one of the last two stages of proofing before final printing of
the seals. This usually consists of a single seal printed alone on
a large sheet of paper, sometimes accompanied by a color bar meant
to indicate the proportionate use of basic colors in printing the
Single die proofs
are not intended to be issued as regular accessories of the seal.
These are sparingly provided to principals involved in the printing
of the seal. In addition, in the case of US-made single dies, some
enterprising parties secure these directly from the printer, for
sharing with other collectors / dealers. In other cases, the
single dies, or more specifically printer’s proofs, were never
planned to be issued, and were merely scrounged by collectors from
printer’s waste. The single die proofs of 1981, 1982 and 1985 were
made in very limited quantities and not everyone was made aware of
These materials are listed and described as follows:
Single Die Proof (Extremely Scarce)
Single seal, with guidelines around it, printed on
255 x 203 (10” x 8”) gummed paper, with 4 color bars – yellow,
red, lt. blue and dark blue – each 25 x 98 (except dark blue which
is 25 x 60), color spelled out on top within each bar (except dark
blue), and numbers 1 to 15 printed downward in same color along
both sides of each bar, 2 bars at left and 2 at right. Printed by
Eureka Specialty Printing Co., Pennsylvania, USA.
1966 Single Die Proof:
Single Die Proof (Very Scarce)
seal, with guidelines around it, printed on top of 201 x 256 (7
7/8” x 10 1/32”) gummed paper. With 2 ¼ color bars 8.5 x 201
printed horizontally across middle of sheet, plus another
3 horizontal color bars 83 x 13, in yellow, blue and red, with
numbers 6 to 21 inside each bar, printed overlapping each other
at bottom of sheet.
Variety B.) Same as
Variety A, except that there is no red bar at bottom of sheet.
Printed by Eureka-Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA.
1978 Single Die Proof.
Horizontal strip of 10 seals 10 x 1, printed on large sheet of thick
paper. Printed by Paragon Printing Corp., Quezon City.
Printer's Single Die Proof on Thick Paper
1980 Single Die Proof.
Vertical strip of 5
seals 1 x 5, printed on large sheet of gummed paper. 10mm square of
dark color printed 80mm above strip of seals. Printed by Paragon
Printing Corp., Quezon City.
Single Die Proof (Extremely Rare)
1981 Single Die Proof. Two
vertical blocks of 10 seals 2 x 5, printed tete-beche, with 46..5
mm gutter between, and irregularly shaped blocks of 10 x 10 in
green around each block, printed on large sheet of gummed paper.
Printed by Paragon Printing Corp, Quezon City.
Single Die Proof
1982 Single Die Proof.
Vertical strip of 5 seals 1 x 5, printed alone on large sheet
of gummed paper. Printed by Paragon Printing Corp., Quezon City.
Single Die Proof
1985 Single Die Proof.
Trial proof on
large sheet of scrap paper. Horizontal color bar 6.5 x 192, and
horizontal strip of 5 seal designs – eagle, butterfly,
sampaguita, milkfish and tamaraw , printed on top of clean side
of scrap paper; caption “75 YEARS OF SERVICE IN TB CONTROL /
1910 – 1985” at middle of sheet, and reprint of 1910 Rizal seal,
butterfly, jubilee emblem, sampaguita seals and reprint of 1946
seal (with black TB cross instead of red inside) in horizontal
strip, and below, reprint of Quezon 2.1 and 2.2 strip seals 125
x 23 each (instead of actual size of 131 x 250), and caption
“DIAMOND JUBILEE SOUVENIR PANE /COLLECTORS’ LIMITED EDITION” at
bottom of sheet.
1985 Trial Single Die Proof on Scrap
(Note Black Cross instead of Red on
Variety B.) Initial
printer’s single die proof. Same as Variety A, except that TB
cross inside 1946 seal reprint is red instead of black, and
proof is printed on large sheet of clean gummed paper.
Disapproved because Quezon seals were smaller than actual.
Printer's Single Die Proof
because the Quezon seals were
actual. (Very Scarce)
single die proof. Texts “Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc.”
added to horizontal middle caption, and reprint of Quezon seals
now in correct size of 131 x 25. Except for these, all other
details same as Variety B.
1985 Complete Single Die Proof
(Rizal Green still a little lighter)
are at least 2 other varieties. All details the same as Variety
C, except that either the reprinted Rizal seal, or both the
reprinted Rizal and Quezon seals are omitted from main sheet and
proofed separately on another sheet of paper.
All 1985 proofs were printed by Kyodo Printing Co.,
The foregoing materials were previously unlisted in
Green’s Catalog of TB Christmas Seals of the World, and were
officially listed only in 1985 – 86.
It is possible that
other single die proofs were made during this period, which the
author is unaware of. We shall be grateful if collectors or owners
of these materials can contact us and give us details and