Serigraph Print of the
Curtiss "Jenny" JN-4 mail airplane
U. S. Postage Stamp
24 cent, perforated 11, Scott #C3a, 7/8" x 3/4", and issued May 10, 1918.
Design by Charles Aubrey Huston, engraving by J.Eissler & E.M.Hall, and printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing.
Blue plate (center) was inverted by error,
and one sheet sold to Collector W. T. Robey.
The Jenny Invert is one of the first issue of United States Air Mail postage stamps.
In the rush to get them printed for the initiation of Air Mail service on 14 May, 1918, the image of the airplane in the center of the design was printed upside-down on several panes - only one of which is known to have survived.
This is probably the most famous stamp error in the U.S., and one of the most prized in all philately - $825,000 in 2007 for a single stamp, and plate number block of four for $2,970,000 in 2005.
The story of the subsequent buying and selling of singles and blocks of this stamp is fascinating, and many details may be found online.
Drawing by Roy Alexander on acetate over photo of non-invert by Merit Studios, Oct. 1974. Stamp enlarged 15x.
Edition of 400 was silk screened on Nov. 20, 1974 by Arthur Jones at Mar-Line.
Displays in Port Chester, NY, on Hammermill cover paper "Inspired Ivory".
Outside dimensions of the red frame are 11-1/4" x 13-1/16" and paper is 21" x 16-15/16".
Each print, numbered & signed, is $64, plus shipping & applicable tax.
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