Scott #150 1884

One Centavo

Sideways Entry!

The Ultimate Misplaced Entry

My old friend, Dr. Warren Bosch of Illinois, discovered this beauty back in 1993. After some wheeling and dealing, we were able to come to an agreement and made a trade. This stamp now resides in my foreign collection of re-entries.

My thanks to Warren for discovering such a fascinating stamp and for sharing it with me!


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At first it just looks like a really neat re-entry or misplaced entry, but on closer examination, you can see the real tale. Whether shoddy workmanship on the part of the siderographer, or simply an accident, what we have here is an entry that is rotated a full 90º; in other words, completely SIDEWAYS. From the two adjoining straight edges, it appears this stamp is from the upper right corner of the sheet. This places it in the upper LEFT corner of the steel plate, which means it is most likely the impression that was entered first. Perhaps the siderographer inadvertently placed the steel plate under the transfer roll in the wrong orientation (turned sideways) and began to enter the first impression. Realizing his mistake, if the design had not been rocked in too many times, he may have simply stopped, turned the plate a quarter turn, and started over, leaving the traces of design already transferred to the plate. On the other hand, if the design HAD already been rocked in sufficiently, he would have stopped and attempted to erase the incorrect impression before beginning again with the plate turned the right way. We will likley never know which scenario is correct, but regardless, we have a terrific variety to enjoy. I had read about this type of thing in Baxter’s ‘Printing Postage Stamps by Line Engraving’ but I didn’t really believe it until I saw this with my own eyes.


Note that the Lower Right corner holds the key. If you look carefully, you can see the inscription that appears along the bottom of the stamp below the design reading up vertically in the right margin. The ‘M’ of ‘MEXICO’ is particularly clear.

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Special Delivery 1934

E3 10 Centavos

Major Re-entry

Plate Position #3 on the sheet of 30

Beautiful doubling of the UR corner.



Air Mail 1950-52

C191 35 Centavos

Major Re-entry

Plate Position #

This block of 9 has a beautiful re-entry on the centre stamp that grows stronger as you move from the right to the left side of the design. As well as a close-up of the full stamp, I am also showing a larger close-up of the lettering on the left, along with an identical close-up of the normal lettering.

Note that doubling also occurs in the lettering to the right of 35 CTS, as well as the entire inscription below the design.

^ Enlargement of left side showing the normal lettering ^

^ Enlargement of left side showing doubling of letters ^


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Ralph E. Trimble

Specialist in BNA Re-entries