This was, I think, the occasion of the first recorded flight disaster, even if it was myth. Daedalus was in prison in Crete. The Queen set him free but to escape the king's vengeance, Daedalus made wax wings for himself and his son Icarus. Daedalus made it safely to Sicily, but Icarus flew too near the sun, his wings melted, and he plummeted into the sea.
Here is my take on Small Queen identification, excluding shades:
1) First Ottawa Printings: (1870-1873) 1c, 2c, 3c 6c
Perforation: 11.75 to 11.85 all around Paper: Thin to thick white wove paper, smooth and usually with a fine horizontal or vertical grain. Smooth to the touch. Plate dot in lower left margin on all stamps except those in the first vertical column.
Perforation: 11.5 x 11.75 to 12, 11.75 x 12, 12 all round, and 12 x 12.25 Paper: Thin to thick wove paper, creamy or yellowish in colour with a coarse grain. Plate dot in lower left margin on all stamps except those in the first vertical column, on the early printings up to the early 1980's. No dot afterwards.
Perforation: Usually 12 all round, occasionally 12 x 12.5 Paper: Poor thin quality paper with an indeterminate grain, it resembles rag stock, and stamps often show an embossing effect on the back. Rough to the touch. No Plate dots
Any perforations common to more than one type should be destinguishable by the paper. Then you can get into shades which have many even within each printing... It is up to the collector to draw the line.
Greetings Mr. CanStamp . Outstanding information. The best I have seen for these Small Queens. But you did not mention Scott 37d, the three-cent copper red, perforated 12-1/2. . Respectfully,
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