Selvadge Art [215]

While collectors are rightfully interested in the scenes depicted on stamps, the size of the stamps of limit the artwork, or at least, clearly seeing it.  When stamps are printed, depending on the layout, sometimes there is space available on the perforated portion of the paper.  This is known as selvadge.   Some artists have used this space to expand on the subject in a manner to add to, or provide additional information.  This type of artwork is often seen on minature sheets where there are only a few stamps.  On full sheets, it is seen less frequently, sometimes only once a year; however, when done, the effect can be interesting.  The Childrens’ Games  Europa sheets of 1989 were early examples of  Irish usage of this space.   Some examples of selvadge art are shown in this entry.


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