The lovely Small Canoe Issue served for only
five years before being replaced by cheaper-to-produce,
surface printed stamps bearing a portrait of King George V.
This De La Rue keyplate design was the same used for other
colonies, including British Honduras, Grenada, Malta, and St.
Lucia. This basic keyplate design went through three issues
and served as the definitive release from 1913 until 1939.
The designs were produced by using two plates--the central
keyplate containing the King's head and surrounding foliage
design, and a duty plate containing the value and the colony
name. De La Rue had two keyplates: one with tablets containing
the word POSTAGE on both sides below the King's portrait, and
a second with the word POSTAGE on the left and the work
REVENUE on the right. Both keyplates were used in the issues
for the Solomon Islands.
The stamps were printed in sheets of 120 stamps in two
horizontal panes of 6 by 10 stamps separated by a central vertical
gutter margin. (Gisburn) All of
the issues were perforated 14 with a comb machine. The
sheets include plate numbers at the top and bottom for the
first two issues, and at the bottom only for the third issue.