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Not only did the siderographers have the odd problem entering stamp images on the steel plates, but they also had similar troubles with the entering of the Imprints that appeared in the margins on most plates. What follows are some fascinating examples of these re-entered imprints, including one that was entered upside down. Eventually, this page will be filled!
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Scott #2TCi

Six Pence Albert

Major Re-entered Imprint

Plate Position #21 on the sheet of 100.

The upper left imprint on the sheet of 100 was misplaced, partially erased, and then re-entered in the lower, correct position, next to positions 11, 21 & 31. This stamp shows the main centre part of the imprint, located next to position #21. This position was verified by using a 600dpi scan of a full proof sheet of 100.

Courtesy of Gilles Morel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott #9

7 1/2d Queen Victoria

Major Misplaced Imprint

Plate Position #117 on the sheet of 120.

Plate Position #118 on the sheet of 120.

The lower right imprint on the sheet of 120 was badly misplaced, partially erased, and then re-entered in the lower, correct position, below positions 117 & 118. This stamp shows part of the beginning of the imprint. The first example is from a plate proof, while the second is an actual copy of the printed stamp.

Second stamp Courtesy of Domenic DiMartella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Plate Position #117 on the sheet of 120.

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^

Courtesy of Domenic DiMartella


Plate Position #118 on the sheet of 120.

^ Above stamp from the RETrimble Collection ^


^ Courtesy of R. A. Siegel Auctions - Proof Sheet of 120 ^


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Scott #9

7 1/2d Queen Victoria

Re-entered Imprint

Plate Position #25

This is from the upper left side of sheet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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^ Courtesy of R. A. Siegel Auctions - Proof Sheet of 120 ^


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Scott #4 & 12

3d Beaver

Re-entered Imprint

Plate Position #3

Plate proof Courtesy of Ken Kershaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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^ Above Proof Courtesy of Ken Kershaw ^

 


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Scott #15

5¢ Beaver

Re-entered Imprint

Plate Position #30

Here is a gorgeous vertical strip of three on a plate proof showing positions 20, 30 & 40, with most of the re-entered imprint found next to pp30. Below it is a closer view of the imprint details.

Courtesy of Michael D. Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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^ Courtesy of Michael D. Smith ^

^ From the RETrimble Collection ^


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Scott #36

2¢ Small Queen

Re-entered Imprint

Plate Position #51

M&O Plate

 

 

 

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Scott #104

1¢ Admiral Green

Misplaced Imprint

Plate 24 (Type A1)

Here is a lovely misplaced entry visible above the 'O' of OTTAWA and in the '2' of 24. Another number or letter was punched in where the '2' was supposed to go, perhaps partially erased, and the '2' added on top of it. I'm not certain just what the 'extra' letter or number is, perhaps an 'X'?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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^ From the RETrimble Collection ^


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Scott #104

1¢ Green Admiral

Major Misplaced Imprint

Plate A135

Here is a lovely misplaced entry visible from just after the first 'T' of OTTAWA through to the end of the plate number.

Note that while the OTTAWA-No A was entered using a transfer roll, the digits 135 were manually punched in by hand. The original hand punched digits were also misplaced, partially removed, and entered again.

Courtesy of Arpi Cikor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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^ Courtesy of Arpi Cikor ^


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Scott #106

2¢ Admiral

Major Misplaced Imprint

Plate 2 Upper

Here we have an incredible misplaced imprint that was originally entered a full 2.5 cm to the right. It was then erased and re-entered in the proper position.

This block is also the very scarce 'Pink' shade from Plate 2, Sc. 106b, from 1911-12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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^ Above from the RETrimble Collection ^

The following 6 photos are taken at 50X

^ Above stamp from the RETrimble Collection ^


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2¢ Admiral

Re-entered Imprint

Plate 19 Upper

Here is a nice re-entered imprint showing remnants of 'OT' doubled to the right.

The entire imprint is also tilted slightly upwards compared to the stamp designs.

Courtesy of Bob Turkowski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Courtesy of Bob Turkowski


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2¢ Admiral

Re-entered / Reused Plate Imprint

Plate 158 Over Plate 77

Here is a beautiful re-entered imprint showing Plate 158 imprint on top of remnants of Plate 77 imprint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott #219

3¢ King Geo V

Misplaced Imprint

Plate 4 Bottom

Here's an interesting item I found (Dec. 03) that shows not only a burnished misplaced and re-entered imprint, but apparently an incorrect plate number! While subtly visible across the entire imprint, the originally entered imprint is most visible above 'OTTAWA' especially the 'TT' and the final 'WA.' However, when looking at the plate number, the original entry was not misplaced too high as was the imprint, but strongly to the left! The strong curved line around the '4' appears to be from an incorrectly entered 'No.6.' (Of course, these plate numbers were punched into the plate separately by hand and not from a transfer roll.)This gives us a double error all in one line!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott #158   1929

50¢ Bluenose

Plate A-3  936Y

Misplaced Serial Number

There were three plates used for the Bluenose, each of 100 entries, divided into two panes of 50. The plate numbers took the form of A-1, A-2 & A-3, followed by the serial number 936Y.

I don't know which of the two panes this one is from (Left or Right), but it is obvious that the siderographer mistakenly started to enter the serial number (936Y) too far to the left and placed the '9' where the '3' should be.

I find it odd that after 75+ years of existence, I can find no record of this plate variety ever having been reported.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott #211

1¢ Princess Elizabeth

Re-entered Imprint

Plate 1 UR

 

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Scott #211

1¢ Princess Elizabeth

Re-entered Imprint

Plate 2 UR

 

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^ From the RETrimble Collection ^


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Scott #224

13¢ Charlottetown

Re-entered Imprint

Plate 1 UL

 

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Scott #231

1¢ George VI

Re-entered Imprint

Plate ? Upper

 

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Scott #315

4¢ Duke & Duchess

Re-entered Imprint

Plate 1 UL

 

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Scott # J16

2¢ Postage Due

Inverted Major Misplaced Imprint

Plate 1 LL

This is an INVERTED imprint. The ‘C’ of ‘Canadian’ is visible between the ‘o’ and ‘1’. The imprint at the bottom of the sheet is supposed to be upside down compared to the stamps, but the siderographer started to roll in the imprint right way up, erased it, and corrected his error.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott # J17

4¢ Postage Due

Re-entered Imprint

Plate 1 UL

 

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Scott # J17

4¢ Postage Due

Re-entered Imprint

Plate 1 UR

 

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Scott # J20

10¢ Postage Due

Re-entered Imprint

Plate 1 LL

 

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Nova Scotia

Scott #11

8-1/2¢ Green

Major Misplaced Imprint

Upper Left Imprint

Here the imprint was started a full 3.0mm to the left, partially erased, and re-entered. This appears on every upper left corner imprint block.

This was my very first example of a re-entered imprint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nova Scotia

Scott #12

Ten Cents Vermilion

Major Misplaced Imprint

Bottom Left Imprint

Below positions 93-94

Both imprints on the bottom of the 10¢ sheet were originally entered much too high. Both were erased and re-entered, but portions of the first impression still remain, mostly as dots which were often obliterated by the perforations.

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Nova Scotia

Scott #12

Ten Cents Vermilion

Major Misplaced Imprint

Bottom Right Imprint

Below positions 97-98

Both imprints on the bottom of the 10¢ sheet were originally entered much too high. Both were erased and re-entered, but portions of the first impression still remain, mostly as dots which were often obliterated by the perforations.

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^ Above stamps from the RETrimble Collection ^

 


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Newfoundland

Scott # 38  1879

Two Cents Green

Major Misplaced Imprint: Inverted

This stamp shows a lovely imprint that on first glance appears to be re-entered. However, a closer inspection reveals that the numerous markings in and below the visible imprint do not seem to match any of the letters above. This got me thinking and so I enlarged the scan of the imprint and printed it twice on thin paper. Holding the two prints up to the light, I was not able to 'fit' any of these extraneous markings together.....UNTIL I turned one of them upside down! Suddenly, the markings fit perfectly!

So, what we actually have here is an imprint that was entered not only too close to the design, but also inverted! Note the proper orientation has the letters of the imprint pointing away from the stamp design. However, the various markings show that the imprint was originally entered with the letters pointing towards the design, that is, inverted or upside down. An attempt was made to remove this errant entry, but portions of the inverted lettering remains.

I have arranged two scans of the imprint, one inverted above the other, lined up and laid out horizontally, to make following the explanation below a little easier.

If you look at the 'No' of "Note' you can see bits of an inverted 'C' crossing through the 'o.' The ONLY place this 'C' could have come from is the 'C' of 'Co.' Below the 'C' of the proper imprint is a diagonal line which is from the diagonal line of the inverted 'N' of 'Note.' The marks below the 'w' of 'New' are bits of the 'B' of the inverted 'Bank.' The mark below the 'nk' of 'Bank' is from the inverted 'N' of 'New' and the two marks below the 'i' and 'n' of American are from the inverted 'k' and 'Y' of 'York' respectively.

Keep in mind that imprints were added to the plateswith their own narrow transfer roll after all of the stamp designs were completely entered. These tiny letters impressed into a narrow circle of steel made it easy to become accidentally turned around, resulting in inverted imprints, as can be seen from the several examples above.

Courtesy of Robert Turkowski

 

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Ralph E. Trimble

Specialist in BNA Re-entries
retrimble@rogers.com