NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Opinion

October 15, 2013

A special printing for stamp collectors

To the editor:

Did you know that October is National Stamp Collecting Month? There is no other stamp that could help you build a better collection than the newly reprinted rarest U.S. Stamp — the Inverted Jenny.

In 1918 the government began its first regular airmail service and to mark the occasion the Postal Service issued a special 24-cent stamp featuring the biplane used to carry the mail, a Curtiss JN-4H, also known as the “Jenny.” The plane was pictured in blue, with a red frame showing the 24-cent denomination. When the stamps were printed, some of them showed the plane upside down. Collector William Robey knew this and was on the lookout for stamps with printing errors when he went to a Post Office in Washington, D.C. To his amazement, he was able to purchase a 100-stamp sheet of Jenny stamps that showed the biplane upside down.

As Robey later recalled, “The clerk reached down under the counter and brought forth a full sheet and my heart stood still.” It turns out he now owned the only sheet of misprinted stamps to fall into public hands. Days later, he sold it to a Philadelphia stamp dealer. The stamps were eventually broken into blocks and singles and a legend was born.

For almost a century, stamp collectors have chased these “Inverted Jennys.” This past month, the Postal Service gave everyone an opportunity to own one by issuing a souvenir sheet of six Inverted Jenny stamps. They’re being reprinted with a $2 denomination to easily distinguish them from the 24-cent originals and are now on sale.

And to add to the excitement, we just announced that 100 sheets of misprints were also included in the Inverted Jenny circulation. Only this time the plane is flying right-side up. Come on down to the Newburyport Post Office to purchase a souvenir sheet today. Who knows, you may be the one to go home with a right-side up Jenny.

Hope to see you soon!

Paul Bolas

Postmaster of the Newburyport Post Office

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Motorcyclist Sticks Landing This 'Breaking Bad' Reunion is the Most Hilarious Thing You'll See All Day! President Obama talks about who James Foley was Nicki Minaj Unleashes Her 'Anaconda' On the World Watch Helicopter Perform Aerial Ballet Can Buckeyes fill Miller's void? Victoria's Secret Models Prove They're in Fighting Shape How Brian Hoyer Stacks Up With Johnny Manziel Taylor Swift Reveals New Album 1989 is Full-On Pop Crews rescue elderly woman trapped inside flooded minivan Man Poses for New Mugshot Photo Wearing Shirt with Old Mugshot Photo On It Disquieting times for Malaysia's 'fish listeners' Caught On Camera: Johnny Manziel Obscene Gesture Rita Ora Embraces the Ice Bucket Challenge Bird surprises soccer player Ashley Young during game Chapter Two: Never too late to become an artist Ice Bucket Challenge Goes Viral, Raises Over $15M For ALS Damaging Winds Stop the Show! In the Cockpit of the Air Force's Elite Squadron Pathologist: Autopsy Shows Teen Repeatedly Shot
Special Features
NRA Waterfront Plans