In philately, an essay is a design for a proposed stamp submitted to the postal authorities for consideration but not used, or used after alterations have been made. By contrast, a proof is a trial printing of an accepted stamp.
Both essays and proofs are rare, as usually just a few are produced. Although intended for internal use by printers and official bodies, essays sometimes find their way onto the philatelic market.
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- Anglo-French Union The British Postal Museum & Archive
- Edward VIII Postage Stamp Essay Royal Philatelic Society of Canada
- Essay for the embossed stamp submitted after 1839 by Charles Whiting The British Postal Museum & Archive
- Flashback: Essays, The Stamp Designs That Also Ran The Collectors Weekly
- George VI stamps The British Postal Museum & Archive
- Newfoundland bogus "Essay"
- Switzerland extracts from Essay Proof Journal 1945–1961
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