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Inverted Jenny Souvenir Sheet

Inverted Jenny Souvenir Sheet

Sheet of 6


Issue Date: 9/22/2013

This souvenir sheet features a new version of perhaps the most famous error in the history of U.S. stamps: the Inverted Jenny, a 1918 misprint that highlights the ways a single stamp can turn history upside down.

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  • These self-adhesive stamps were issued in sheets of 6.

    This souvenir sheet features a new version of perhaps the most famous error in the history of U.S. stamps: the Inverted Jenny, a 1918 misprint that highlights the ways a single stamp can turn history upside down.

    The sheet includes six Inverted Jenny stamps, reprinted with an updated denomination and surrounded by an illustration that includes the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.; the route of the first regularly scheduled airmail service between Washington, Philadelphia, and New York; and aviation pioneer Reuben H. Fleet, who was in charge of the first group of airmail pilots. The intaglio printing plates for the new stamps were created using proofs made in 2013 from the original Inverted Jenny dies.

    Issued to commemorate the start of the first regular airmail service in the United States, the original Jenny stamp was designed to show a Curtiss JN-4H, or "Jenny," the biplane used to deliver the mail. However, on May 14, 1918, the day an official notice said the stamp would debut, collector William T. Robey of Washington, D.C., purchased one sheet of 100 stamps that mistakenly showed the biplane upside down-and one of the greatest philatelic treasures in U.S history was released into the world.

  • Issue:Stamp Collecting: Inverted Jenny
    Item Number:580000
    Denomination & Type of Issue:$2.00 Commemorative
    Format:Souvenir Sheet of 6 (1 design)
    Issue Date & City:September 22, 2013, Washington, DC 20066 (National Postal Museum)
    Art Director:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
    Designer:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
    Typographer:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
    Artist:Steven Noble, Petaluma, CA
    Modeler:Donald Woo
    Manufacturing Process:Intaglio/Offset
    Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
    Printed at:Browns Summit, NC
    Press Type:Goebel/670, Phoenix
    Stamps per Sheet:6
    Print Quantity:13,200,600 stamps
    Paper Type:Nonphosphored, Type III
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Processed at:Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC
    Stamp Orientation:Horizontal
    Image Area (w x h):0.861 x 0.7299 in./21.87 x 18.54 mm
    Stamp Size (w x h):1.0023 x 0.87 in./25.46 x 22.10 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):5.0 x 3.5 in./127.0 x 88.90 mm
    Colors:PMS 7401 (Yellow), Intaglio Red, Intaglio Dark Blue, Intaglio Light Blue
    Plate Size:108 stamps per revolution
    Plate Numbers:N/A
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Header: “STAMP COLLECTING” “INVERTED JENNY” at bottom of pane printed upside down
    Back:Header: “STAMP COLLECTING” l “INVERTED JENNY” at bottom of pane printed upside down l Verso text printed upside down l © 2013 USPS l USPS Logo l Plate position diagram Barcode (580000) in lower left hand corner of pane Promotional text

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