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Want list - in building up a collection, one method is to send or give details of requirements to a responsible dealer, quoting country, values, colours, catalogue reference numbers, whether mint or used, and the quantity of each item. Since catalgoue numbers are occasionally changed, it is also helpful to give not only the name of the catalogue but also the edition which is being used to compile the list.
Watermark - a semi-translucent thinning of the substance of a paper base, reminiscent of the local effect of an application of oil or water. It is usually a device, patter, or lettering produced by the pressure of wire or brass forms, called 'bits', attached to the dandy roll of a paper-making machine.

A watermark not distinguishable at first glance can often be detected either by holding the stamp to the light (when the watermark may show up through the lighter part of the design or in the margin) or by placing the stamp face downward on a black surface. In some cases, a watermark fluid may be required to reveal the watermark.

In Canada's Elizabethan-era, no stamps have appeared with a watermark. However, postal stationery has.

'White Queen' - nickname given to missing red colour error on the 14c Queen Elizabeth II definitive of 1978.
'White Queen'
(normal at left; error at right)
Wilding - nickname given to Canada's second Elizabethan-era definitives of 1954-1962, whose design was based on a photograph by Dorothy Wilding.

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Wilding definitive
Wilding, Dorothy - court photographer of London, England, whose portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, have been the bases of designs.
Winnipeg tagging - the name given to the phosphor tagging introduced on January 13, 1962 due to the city where it was used: Winnipeg, Manitoba. An ultraviolet light is required to detect these.

See also General tagging (OP-4 / OP-2).

Wove paper - a machine-made paper with a finely netted texture due to contact of the wet pulp with the wire gauze mesh of the paper-making machine belt.
Wrapper -

(1) a flat sheet or strip open at both ends that can be folded and sealed around a newspaper or periodical. Wrappers can have an imprinted stamp or have a stamp attached.

(2) paper wrapped around a coil roll when distributed from the printer to the post office.

Coil wrapper
Writing up - the embellishment of a page or collection by the addition of hand, typewritten or computer-generated data concerning and descriptive of the stamps displayed. The name of the country of origin, date of issue, reason or occasion, designer, engraver, printer, places, or incidents shown on the stamps themselves, are all facts that may be thus inscribed. Enlarged detail, and maps, may accompany such writing-up, but over-elaboration should be avoided at all costs.

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