Our repository of images of the state revenue stamps we collect
These scans are essential to our release of a new edition of the State Revenue Catalog, and we value every submission!
Scans provided to archive should be in the style described below. Our standard gives our images a consistently high level of quality, suitable for publication in print or across digital platforms.
Scans should have a resolution of at least 600 DPI. This high resolution is needed since these images are the source for any print or web work.
While 300 DPI is a good resolution for most print work, 600 DPI lets one see more details and allows for enlargements for print to show defining characteristics.
600 DPI is a floor; members may continue to scan at higher resolutions (e.g., 800 or 1000 DPI) and submit those.
The SRS prefers TIFF files with lossless or no compression. Setting your image scanning program to output TIFF files should be sufficient.
TIFF files may be a bit larger, but they’re better for editing. An editor can crop and transform the scans without fear of distorting the underlying image.
Scans should have a black background. We suggest using a black cardstock when scanning.
The image should be at least 10% wider and 10% taller than the scanned stamp. That is, the black background should extend at least 5% from each side of the stamp. This margin gives the stamp room to breathe and lets its details stand out.
Scans don’t have to be perfectly cropped when submitted to the archive, but should provide enough imagery such that we could present the stamp nicely with some editing. Our Catalog Editor doesn’t mind cropping large margins, rotating, and centering, if needed.
Note that the above examples are rescaled for web use, simply to illustrate proper margins. They are not the original TIFF files. For some sample TIFF uploads to the archive, please examine the following (noting the difference in detail available at higher DPI):
Previously Scanned Collections
We understand that some members may have previously scanned their collection in a way that doesn’t meet the SRS Image Archive standard. If rescanning these would be prohibitively time-consuming, we will accept noncomplying scans, as something is better than nothing.
Of course, all new scans should be in the preferred format: at least 600 DPI TIFF files on a black background with a 5% margin in all dimensions.