These essays were printed in 1963 by the Baroody Stamp Company, which initially had the contract to print stamps for Umm Al Qiwain. The company assigned the contract for Umm al Qiwain to J.H. Stolow. The sale and the subsequent changes in design and printing processes may explain in part why Umm al Qiwain began to issue stamps several months after the opening of its post office. The delay also may explain the use the "values only" issues on some covers as well as the use of stampless covers with postmarks.
You will see wording in black on some of the essays. The Baroody Stamp Company printed the essays on preprinted waste paper. The name "ARTHUR" at the bottom of the essays refers to M.M. Arthur, the designer. I have images of pairs, blocks and a few combinations available. If you are interested in seeing a few more examples, please email me.
My thanks to R. Howard Courtney and Khalid A. Al Omaira for their help with the images and the introduction.
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