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Do The BEC Get Everywhere ?

Part II, by Dave Irwin

Gough 'stamps'

The stamps published about 1903-4 were based on the well known photograph of Gough taken in 1894 by Stanley Chapman of Dawlish.

They were printed in sheets of 240, twenty rows of 12, the same format as the then current Edward VII postage stamps.  They were reproduced photographically and not printed by the typographical or intaglio printing processes common at this time. The labels were then perforated (perf 14 x 14 for the stamp collectors amongst us!).  During the past fifteen years only four have been seen by the writer besides a large un-severed block of about 30 somewhere in Somerset.

Labels sold at Gough's Cave, c.1904 – 1907

One of these may be seen in the local history section of the Weston-super-Mare public library. They are exceedingly rare.

The third example shown is a proposed handbill illustration of Solomon's Temple in Gough's Cave.  The reason for it not being used is clear enough - it's too stylised. The copy shown is a sepia photograph of the original drawing.  The original was pencil work with ink outlining this can be seen around the highlights of the stalagmites and people standing at the foot of the stalagmite flow. The date is c.1950.

Rummaging around junk shops will often repay the effort.  Collectors of caving ephemera have found many a little gem in these places.

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