Lot 20631916, 1¢ green, exceedingly well centered, left plate number "7659" block of 6, o.g., never hinged, fresh and Very Fine.
Scott No. 462 $275.
Lot 2064 /1916, 1¢ green, red "War Stamp" overprint, exhibit page with both varieties of overprint including strip of three (two large font and one small font), single with 13 stars overprint, two covers with se-tenant strips of three (large font and other 13-star type) overpaying the 2¢ letter rate to and from Charles S. Thompson, and 1917 Red Cross War Fund check from George H. Grinnell (of Hawaiian Missionary forgery fame) used illegally, Very Fine and interesting.
Scott No. 462 var. Estimate $200 - 300.
Several philatelists promoted War Stamp Overprints to help finance the World War I war effort. The examples offered here were created by Charles S. Thompson, a philatelic writer of the period. He used the stamps to overpay his letter mail. The stamps were overprinted se-tenant with three different fonts. A second printing was made with the 13-star design.
Lot 20651916, 1¢ green, "Springfield Mass." experimental precancel, affixed to unsealed cover at 1¢ printed matter rate to Sayville, Ky., Liberty Loan handstamp, light cover crease affects 1¢, F.-V.F., A truly scarce item, especially on cover.; with 2004 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 462 var. Estimate $750 - 1,000.
In 1916, the Bureau produced its first precanceled stamps on an experimental basis.
Lot 2066 BK1916, 1¢ green, plate cracks at left and right, two booklet panes of six arranged to show the full plate crack between, booklet pane of 6, o.g., Fine and rare exhibition item.
Scott No. 462a var. $535.
This variety was originally written up by Fred A. Neill and illustrated in the June 1944 Issue of the Bureau Specialist. Specialists checked the proof sheet and found that the crack was in the upper right hand corner between panes nine and ten on plate number 7449.
Lot 20671916, 1¢ green, booklet single, rich color, tied by "Duncombe Iowa, Apr. 5 1917" duplex on Easter post card to Lakewood Ill.; stamp lifted to confirm identification, Very Fine, ex-Alpha; with 2004 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 462a Estimate $750 - 1,000.
THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF THE 1916 1¢ WASHINGTON BOOKLET PANE ISSUE.
Lot 20681916, 1¢ green, imperf, electrolytic printing, top plate number 13376 block of six, large margins except closer at right, o.g., F.-V.F. and rare.
Scott No. 481 var. $450.
George A. Rose, then superintendent of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing experimented with printing stamps by the electrolytic process. Two plates were used: 13376 and 13377.