It's been awhile since I've created any new sets for Nationals. I'd like to say, I need room to post at least one more picture. I have tried to standardize in the past decade or so to post a front and a back in their proper slots. It makes for a neat looking collection. So here's that new collection--not terribly impressive and that's why I haven't had a MA set in the past.
I just recently added the note on The Second NB of Malden, MA (11014) because it's a fairly tough to find variety produced with early plates from the Government Printing Office (GPO). GPO plates produced a better product than BBS, the BEP's contractor whose logotypes lacked serifs on charter numbers and did not do justice to the Caslon font used for town names. I need that space for a 3rd picture to highlight the differences. So follow the link to see the front and back of the Malden note and check out the picture here comparing the GPO and BBS produced notes. The GPO produced plates for about 20% of the banks that issued series of 1929 in an effort to meet demand that overwhelmed BBS. However BBS plates were more durable, so the GPO plate for a bank was destroyed once BBS was able to deliver. Additionally, the Serial numbers for GPO plates are lower and the notes suffered more circulation and attrition being the earlier ones to circulate as the country switched from large to small sized currency, NOTE: the GPO plate is on the left.
The PMG 64EPQ note on Easthampton I've had for many years. I bought it before I knew about its status as a hoard note; I just wanted a nice Type 2 $10. I value the Malden note more. But I do appreciate George Wait's effort, saving a thousand of these notes from Easthampton. Someday I want to catalog the front and back plates used over that production run. I do like the bp on my note which is 321.
I'm fairly sure I'll swap out the back on Malden note for the comparison shot one day soon. I wonder if it would be easy to increase the number of pics here from 2 to 3? It would make variety collectors' collections glow a little brighter!