AJMAN AND OTHER TRUCIAL STATES UNCUT PRESS SHEETS FOUND IN THE FORMAT ARCHIVE
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Upper Yafa was one of approximately twenty small states in the Western Aden Protectorate. It was situated on the border with North Yemen
in a mountainous region. Upper Yafa was the only Western Protectorate state that did not join the South Arabian Federation in the early 60's.
The state therefore had the right to reject South Arabian stamps and release their own stamps in the same way that the Eastern Protectorate
states, Kathiri, Qu'aiti, and Mahra states were doing in the mid 60's.
It is stated that all stamp issues were issued over a two month period in 1967. It is stated that none of the stamp issues were probably ever
actually found inside Upper Yafa because of the intense civil war going on at the time. Michel Catalog recognizes them but their postal
validity is questionable to this day.
It is stated that the stamp agency was different than the agency handling the Eastern Protectorate states. More than likely it was Finbar Kinney.
The reason why is because the Format International Security Printers printed almost all of them!
If you have not read my introduction for the Trucial States, please take the time to so you understand why the following image is proof that
the Format Printers produced the Upper Yafa stamps listed.
PROOFS FOUND FOR UPPER YAFA FROM THE ARCHIVE
In analyzing one of the very bad images from the person who found the stock of Trucial States press sheets taken from the Format Printers
archive I was able to find an exact match for the Upper Yafa sheetlets as shown. This is positive proof of printing.
The very first Definitive issue was printed by Harrison and Sons Ltd. Because of the style and perforation differences of the World Cup
Soccer issues I believe that set to also be printed by Harrison and Sons. All the other sets were printed by Format.
All of the following sets were printed in sheetlets of 10. All exist perforated, imperforate and CTO. All souvenir sheets are imperforate with
simulated perforations. With the recent sale of the Martin Sellinger stock the mint souvenir sheets and sheetlets of 10 have become readily
available. Martin Sellinger had close ties with Finbar Kinney and the Finbar stock was transferred into the Sellinger stock when the agency
took over production of Trucial States stamps.
1967 SUMMER OLYMPICS, MEXICO, ANCIENT ART Michel #11-15, Block 1 Chambliss #11-16
SOUVENIR SHEET BLOCK 1 Carved Head (Classic Period)
1967 SCULPTURES Michel #17-21, Block 2 Chambliss #17-22
SOUVENIR SHEET BLOCK 2 Pieta by Michelangelo
1967 PAINTINGS FROM THE LOUVRE MUSEUM Michel #23-27, Block 3-5 Chambliss #23-30
SOUVENIR SHEET BLOCK 3 Louvre in Paris
SOUVENIR SHEET BLOCK 4 Self-Portrait by Leonardo da Vinci
SOUVENIR SHEET BLOCK 5 Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
1967 PAINTINGS BY OLD MASTERS (1st Series) Michel #33-42, Block 7-8 Chambliss #36-47
Note the partial color guide on the bottom edge. This type is unique to Format printings.
SOUVENIR SHEET BLOCK 7 Self-Portrait as a Young Man by Rembrandt
SOUVENIR SHEET BLOCK 8 Banquet of the Officers of the Civic Guard of St. George by Frans Hals
1967 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF HUMAN RIGHTS 1968 5th Death Anniversary of John F. Kennedy Michel #44-48, Block 9 Chambliss #48-53
SOUVENIR SHEET BLOCK 9 John F. Kennedy
1967 PERSIAN MINIATURES Michel #50-54, Block 10 Chambliss #54-59
Note the full color guide on the top edge. This type is unique to Format printings.
SOUVENIR SHEET BLOCK 10 Hunting Scene
1967 BALLET DANCERS BY EDGAR DEGAS Michel #56-60, Block 11 Chambliss #60-65
Note the partial color guide on the top edge. Again proving Format printings.
SOUVENIR SHEET BLOCK 11 Hunting Scene
1967 PAINTINGS BY OLD MASTERS (2nd Series) Michel #62-71, Block 12-13 Chambliss #66-77
The partial color guide on the top edge is more proof.
Again note the partial color guide on the top edge.
SOUVENIR SHEET BLOCK 12 Don Manuel Osorio de Zuniga by Goya
SOUVENIR SHEET BLOCK 13 Sick Bacchus by Caravaggio
1967 PAINTINGS OF CHILDREN, 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF UNICEF Michel #83-87, Block 15 Chambliss #87-92
SOUVENIR SHEET BLOCK 15 Young Peasant Boy by Murillo
1967 PAINTINGS OF FLOWERS Michel #89-93, Block 16 Chambliss #93-98
SOUVENIR SHEET BLOCK 16 Chrysanthemums in a Vase by A. Renoir
These were the last issues for Upper Yaffa printed by the Format International Security Printers. They are also the last authorized issues
by this country. There are stamps with the name Upper Yafa that have been produced in later years but they are simply illegals.
References taken from:
Michel Gulf States 2013
Standard Catalog of the Postage Stamps of Yemen and South Arabia by C.R. Chambliss
Evidence found in the Format Archive