5c KENYA, UGANDA AND TANGANYIKA

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5c KENYA, UGANDA AND TANGANYIKA

Postby invertedcenter » Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:30 pm

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The Kenya "Inverted Dam" is one of the most important stamps of the world. Since its discovery by an eight year old in Elizabeth, N.J. over 47 years ago, this remains the only example ever found. The young boy, while sorting a mixture of stamps, noticed something was amiss with the black "center" of the stamp. The boy and his mother sought out the expert opinions of a couple of stamp dealers at the time, Vincent LaBar and the famous Herman Herst. What was inexplicable to all who examined the stamp is how such an error could occur. Of course, inverted centers can always be a possibility when two colors are printed separately, but typically the inverted center would then be mis-positioned on the stamp. And yet the inverted black printing (the dam) remains in the same position of the normally printed vignette. The stamp was submitted to the Royal Philatelic Society in 1960 and was put through a battery of tests, including being examined by the printers at Thomas De La Rue. All who examined the stamp are unanimous in their opinions that the stamp is genuine, but none can solve the mystery of the placement of the vignette
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