These colors are killing me! Scott 537

Discussion in 'United States Stamps' started by notional, May 31, 2019.

?

What color variant is this 537?

  1. 537 - violet

    1 vote(s)
    100.0%
  2. 537a - deep red violet

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. 537b - light reddish violet

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. 537c - red violet

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. notional

    notional New Member

    Okay, I know that colors are one of the most difficult things to determine, but this stamp is really trying my patience. I even enlisted the fashion sense of my daughter. She states, in the images I've shown her off the internet, that this is a Scott 537b, but I don't know. I've seen so many color variants that I'm just lost. To me, it's violet with a hint of red, but of course it's a lighter color. I've attached a scan without any enhancements to it (other than cropping it). What are your opinions? 537? 537a? 537b? 537c?

    Scott 537 - 3 cents - Lady Liberty - mint.jpg
     
  2. DonSellos

    DonSellos Well-Known Member

    For me there are three things in stamp collecting with which I have difficulty coping. 1. Watermark detection; 2. Distinguishing between typographic and lithographic printings; and 3. Distinguishing color varieties.

    Having said that, your stamp looks violet to me. However, I think the quality of one's vision affects how we see colors. I have early stage cataracts and I need higher light levels to see colors accurately.

    Consequently, I avoid collecting color varieties.

    Don
     
    notional and Hochstrasse like this.
  3. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Well-Known Member

    Hi Notional,

    I have to concur with Don on this one. I see no hint of any red in the hue of the stamp thus rendering deep red violet, light reddish violet or red violet improbable.
     
    notional likes this.
  4. anglobob

    anglobob Well-Known Member

    To my old and weary eyes,this apppears to be violet
     
    notional likes this.
  5. notional

    notional New Member

    I think I'm going to run with violet. The only reason why I think I saw a wee bit of red tinge is when I saw a violet one online. It looked more like a lighter one with a bit of red. Thanks folks!
     
  6. Harry Golightly

    Harry Golightly NonHinged

    Great opinions fellows, I'm sure all have proven a help to 'notional'.
    I also agree w/ Don on his 3 difficulties RE: Stamp Identification.
    Especially, I have problems w/ distinguishing color varieties...What a pain it is for me in the back-sides...Guess I'm lucky to still actually properly discern perforations...Ha!
    Happy Summertime to all,
    Harry
     
    notional likes this.
  7. 221BakerStr2

    221BakerStr2 New Member

    The red violets definitely show some red especially the deep red violet 537a
    537.jpg
    537

    572560.jpg
    537a

    It is possible yours is a 537b Light Red Violet
    537b.jpg
     
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2019
    notional likes this.
  8. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Strange,the very same stamp in two different colour-shades ?
     
    notional and DonSellos like this.
  9. DonSellos

    DonSellos Well-Known Member

    Yes, unusual! Hmmmmmm??

    Don
     
  10. Harry Golightly

    Harry Golightly NonHinged

    Nice copies of all 3 varieties...I like all 3, but then I have been accused of having
    strange taste.
    Degustibus non disputatum est,
    HG
     
  11. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    There are actually only two !
     
    Hochstrasse likes this.
  12. DonSellos

    DonSellos Well-Known Member

    To see what Werner is saying compare the Red Violet image and the Light Red Violet image. Look at the lower left corner of each stamp image and note the slight inclusion on the corner perf and then follow the bottom perf line to the eighth perf, a noticeably short one. Both images have the inclusion on the corner perf and the perfs are the same on both images. The two images are of the same stamp, except the color of the bottom image appears to have been lightened.

    Don
     
    Hochstrasse likes this.
  13. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Well-Known Member

    That's very perceptive of Werner, thanks for the clarification Don.
     
  14. Harry Golightly

    Harry Golightly NonHinged

    Yes, Thanks Don
    It will not be the last time I miss an identification.
    Harry
     
Draft saved Draft deleted
Similar Threads: colors killing
Forum Title Date
United States Stamps Scott# 279-284, Universal Postal Union Colors Jun 13, 2012

Share This Page