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November 12, 2013 > Postal Service reprints a misprint of misprint

Postal Service reprints a misprint of misprint

Submitted By U.S. Postal Service

The Postal Service recently announced that it has printed 100 additional sheets of stamps of the recently issued Inverted Jenny stamp Ñ but with the plane flying right-side up. These very limited edition stamps were circulated with the recent issue of the most famous ÒmisprintedÓ stamp. Customers who have recently purchased the new Inverted Jenny stamp could have a very limited edition of the famous stamp.

The idea for creating the Òmisprinted misprintÓ came to light after the Postmaster General mentioned the stamp to customer groups shortly after it was previewed in January.

ÒOur customers were enthusiastic about printing a new version of the most publicized stamp error in U.S. history as a great way to spur interest in stamp collecting,Ó said Donahoe. ÒSome jokingly commented that we should be careful to avoid repeating the same mistake of nearly a century ago. That was the impetus behind this initiative. What better way to interest a younger generation in stamp collecting?Ó

In 1918, in a rush to celebrate the first airmail flight, the Post Office Department issued the 24-cent Curtiss Jenny stamp. Because the design required two colors, sheets were placed on the printing press twice Ñ first to apply red ink and a second time to apply blue ink. This process was given to human error Ñ as stamp collectors at the time well knew.

A Washington, DC, Post Office clerk Ñ who had never seen an airplane Ñ sold a sheet of 100 stamps mistakenly showing the biplane upside down. For nearly a century, stamp collectors have chased the Inverted Jennys and have accounted for nearly all 100 of them. Unique to this stamp issuance, all sheets were individually wrapped in a sealed envelope to recreate the excitement of finding an Inverted Jenny when opening the envelope and to avoid the possibility of discovering a corrected Jenny prior to purchase.

Individuals purchasing Òcorrected Jenny sheetsÓ will find a congratulatory note inside the wrapping asking them to call a phone number to receive a certificate of acknowledgement signed by the Postmaster General.

ÒWeÕre leveraging the incredible story behind the rare collectible as a creative way to generate interest in stamp collecting while highlighting the role the Post Office Department had in developing the commercial aviation industry,Ó said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

Just days after the Postal Service issued the new $2 version of the most publicized stamp error in U.S., Glenn Watson of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, purchased the new $2 version with the biplane flying right side up.

ÒIÕve been collecting U.S. and Canadian stamps for more than 50 years,Ó said Watson, who ordered his Inverted Jenny stamp sheet through the Postal Store on eBay. ÒBy far this was a total surprise, and I can now relate to how stamp collector William Robey felt when he purchased the original sheet of 100 inverted Jennys in 1918. Clearly this right-side-up version will be the treasure of my collection. I hope this stamp will encourage younger generations to get involved in this educational hobby.Ó

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