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ESSAY: Scott #79-E8a Imperforate, in GREEN (or perhaps Blue Green) [1865-1866 Henry Lowenberg essay; (Lowenberg Stamp [printing] Company. Design created by Lowenberg and printed in reverse on the back of extremely thin onionskin paper. Based on two patents: gum and then print, and print and then gum, but Scott states that the difference cannot be determined without destroying the essay -- which is the whole point of this type of essay to eliminate re-use of stamps.] Mint VF horizontal pair. The pair has been generously hinged which has, in the area of the hinge, demonstrated that the ink is completely disrupted by the least bit of moisture -- again, the whole point of the invention. This is actually quite a handsome stamp design, picturing George Washington. The Scott value is an absurdly low $10 per stamp; I have only had half a dozen of this type (they exist in several colors) in 46 years and I have never before had any of the green colors.
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ESSAY: Scott #79-E25i [Lithographic essay derived from 1861 3 cent die; full corner ornaments] 3 cent "Red" (Dark Rose Carmine, actually), Perforated 12, Without Grill, Gummed, Hard White Paper (Not Coated). Always with "messy" areas around the corner ornaments (due to how the plate was made). Mint with F-VF centering. Full original gum; not actually hinged, but with typical very minor disturbance. This essay very often has blotchy printing due to how it was crudely produced, however this example is extremely sharp and with totally complete design -- really extremely unusual thus -- deserving of a significant premium. Very modest value in the catalog, but seldom offered; most collectors do not even know that such items exist.
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ESSAY (REVENUE USE) 2 cent Bank Check: Henry Lowenberg Decalcomania essay, Turner #42b dark green (Scott does not list the essays for revenue stamps). [ca. 1865-1866 Henry Lowenberg essay; (Lowenberg Stamp [printing] Company. The design, which includes the text "U.S. Internal Revenue", was created by Lowenberg and printed in reverse on the back of extremely thin onionskin paper. Based on two patents: gum and then print, and print and then gum, but Scott states that the difference cannot be determined without destroying the essay -- which is the whole point of this type of essay to eliminate re-use of stamps.] Mint NH Fine perforated single. Variable perforations as usual and with some relatively minor flaking causing design loss in a couple spots. (This example seems to show that the printing was on top of the gum; however, the gum was thick and irregular on this example, causing the ink to not fully adhere to the gum.) From time to time, a few examples can be found in the market in the $35 range.
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ESSAY (REVENUE USE) 2 cent Bank Check: Henry Lowenberg Decalcomania essay, Turner #42b dark green (Scott does not list the essays for revenue stamps). [ca. 1865-1866 Henry Lowenberg essay; (Lowenberg Stamp [printing] Company. The design, which includes the text "U.S. Internal Revenue", was created by Lowenberg and printed in reverse on the back of extremely thin onionskin paper. Based on two patents: gum and then print, and print and then gum, but Scott states that the difference cannot be determined without destroying the essay -- which is the whole point of this type of essay to eliminate re-use of stamps.] Mint NH Fine perforated single. Variable perforations as usual and with some relatively minor flaking causing design loss in a couple spots. (This example seems to show that the printing was on top of the gum; however, the gum was thick and irregular on this example, causing the ink to not fully adhere to the gum.) From time to time, a few examples can be found in the market in the $35 range.
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