Sunday, 14 July 2013

HARRISON, Thomas Samuel

Thomas Samuel Harrison (1862-1934) worked at Waterlow Brothers & Layton from 1897 to 1912, when he departed for Australia. During that time, he engraved postage and revenue stamps for several countries, including the Belgian Congo, Morocco, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

It would appear that TS Harrison engraved the New Zealand 1901 1d Dominion stamp, as stated by Robson Lowe. Other sources, including the Stanley Gibbons catalogue, mention JAC Harrison as the engraver.

In an interview for the Australian Philatelic Record, Harrison said that he thought the 6d Kookaburra stamp of 1914 was the best stamp engraving he had ever done.

In the design of the New Guinea definitive set of 1925, Harrison included his initials TH, just to the right of the 'Postage' tablet. This was to be his last engraving.

STAMPS BY YEAR

1897
Morocco, Local stamps for Mazagan-Marrakesh

1898
Belgian Congo, Definitives
Guatemala, Revenues

1900
Brazil, Alagoas revenues
Brazil, Rio Grande do Norte revenues

1901
New Zealand, Penny Universal

1907
Costa Rica, Definitives 

1908
Brazil, Sao Paulo revenues
Costa Rica, Revenues

1910
Belgian Congo, Definitives (3f and 10f)
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul revenues

1912
Canada, Quebec Registration revenue stamps

1913
Australia, King George V definitive

1914
Australia, Kookaburra definitive

1924
Nauru, Definitives

1925
New Guinea, Definitives

OTHER WORK

Undated
Bhopal, Revenues
Nicaragua, De Zelaya, De Ganado revenues

1906
Nicaragua, 50c and 1p banknotes (P34, P35)

1908
Nicaragua, 10p banknote (P36?)

1923
Australia, 10 shillings, £1 and £5 banknotes

1925
Australia, £10 banknote

REFERENCES:

- Gibbons Stamp Monthly August 2012

- The Harrisons of Waterlows, Robson Lowe

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