1964, 1 October
Printer: Helio Electronic Press
Designer: Dikran Minassian
Sheet size: 5 x 10
Perf.: Stamps - 10 1/2 and roulette,
SSs - imperf. and roulette
To dispose of large quantities of the Red Cross issue that had been reprinted, an overprint was designed to apply to the stamps and the souvenir sheets. The stamps were allegedly only issued perf. 10 1/2 and rouletted and the souvenir sheets were imperforated and rouletted.
Mr. Mosden said there was a great deal of spoilage of the rouletted sheets of stamps and SSs as they did not have good equipment with which to perform the rouletting and the sheets kept falling apart. Both he and Mr. Stephan were involved in the process.
Many errors and varieties were created and sold through the Dubai Philatelic Agency such as misplaced overprints, the use of a green Cross of Lorraine, missing or double overprints, etc..
- These two first day covers are the rouletted variety of the stamps. The top cover has the regular values and the bottom the airmail values.
- Both of the covers illustrated above are First Day Covers of the 20np value, imperforate (top) and the roulette (bottom), souvenir seets for the Anti-Taburculose issue. Note that the Imperforate were numbered in black in the upper left corner. The Roulette sheets were numbered in red in the upper right corner. Both cancelations were done in black, but there is a high probability that some exist with red.
- Printer's waste showing only the overprint. These are done on scrap paper from printings of other items by the printer. The backs have partial illustrations of photos of people, landscaping, or printing.
- The above imperforate blocks have been advertized at times as plate blocks but the numbers were only printed on the sheets to create a new item to sell. They only differ from the previous souvenir sheets that were numbered in that they have the designation "TB" added to the printing. Since they were all numbered differently, it would mean every sheet had to have been printed with a different plate, and only used once.
- This is an item that was most likely not intentionally created. The blue background did not print properly and white streaks appeared where the ink did not cover the paper. It is just an oddity.
ITEMS CREATED UNDER THE BAROODY CONTRACT
- A block of four of the perf. 10 1/2 1np value with a double black overprint.
TOP: The black overprint printing is double and there are two extra crosses in the top margin.
BOTTOM: This pane has the black printing in the margins and additional red, inverted Crosses of Loraine.
- Mr. Stephens created this cover to sell through the Dubai Phiatelic Agency. While it has the Anti-TB Campaign cancellation, it and the stamps are on an envelope prepared for the Second Definitive issue. The stamp on the upper left has a double Cross of Lorraine printed on it, and one of them is green, a color that was not used for the overprint, but was applied to most of the values and sold through the Dubai Philatelic Agency. The original price of the cover was $40.
- Another cover with a green Cross of Lorraine, in addition to the normal red one, and a shift to the left of the black overprint. The asking price originally for this cover was $40.
- This cover has a 50np stamp with the black overprint double and an inverted green Cross of Lorraine, in addition to the normal red one. The original asking price for this cover was $75.
- These are images of the stamps on the left of each cover. The 1np sailboat has the double Cross of Lorraine, with one of them green. The 2np stretcher bearer has the black overprinted shifted to the left with the letter "A" to the left of the stamp margin. The stamp also has a double Cross of Lorraine, with one of them green. The 50np stamp with the butterfly has a doubling of the black writing of the overprint and an inverted green Cross of Lorraine, in addition to the red one.
- At least the four rouletted low values were overprinted with the final "E" of TUBERCULOSE, replaced by an "F". It is not a constant error in all the sheets, therefore it was done separately and intentionally. It appears on the second stamp from the left, of the top row of stamps in a sheet. It is not known if this was done to the four higher value airmail stamps or any of the imperforates. Also note that the right side of the sail has a small "cut" in it. This variety only appeared on the top row of stamps, but not all sheets. It would be my guess that it appeared on one of the illegal printings of the stamps done by Mr. Stephan as to date it has not been seen on any of the FDCs when the stamps were issued.
- TOP: A strips of stamps missing the cross on the bottom stamps. Additionally, the sailboat strip is imperforate and has the "cut" variety on the top stamp. BOTTOM:A partial sheet of perf. 10 1/2 stamps with the top row having the "cut" sail variety and missing the cross on the bottom row.
- It was not uncommon for stamps to receive partial printing of the overprints on the back, thus creating more "errors" to sell. The left pair is perf. 10 1/2 and is the 3np value. The center block of six is the 3np value and is perf. 10 1/2. The right pane of ten stamps is rouletted and is the 2np value. The image on the back was a created "offset" of the black printing. It is in revers when read.
- Five of the eight values with double Crosses of Lorraine, with one of them green. All perforated 12 values exist with the green cross, and most likely the other varieties do as well, such as imperf., roulette and perf. 10 1/2.
- Many partial imperf. sheets of stamps were created and then broken down into various sizes.
- Pane of the 3np stamp perf. 10 1/2 with an additional perf. 12 at the bottom. The second perforation is in line with the perf. 10 1/2 and the bottom looks serrated.
- These four singles are each from a souvenir sheet. It is odd that the sheets would be broken up so perhaps these were from some of the sheets that fell apart that Mr. Mosden mentioned, as they are all from rouleted sheets..
The stamps on the left and the right are missing the overprint writing in black and the two center stamps are each missing the red Cross of Lorraine.
- The top sheet is rouletted and is missing the black printing on the stamps and on the edges of the sheet.
The bottom sheet is imperforate and all the black printing is inverted and there is no red Cross of Lorraine on the stamps.
FAKE ITEMS RECENTLY PRODUCED IN LEBANON
- This is a recently printed item simulating the overprint used on the Anti-Tuberculose SSs and is being sold as a genuine item. While much of the printer's waste was kept during the Broody contract, and sold, this item is a fake.