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Classic Ecuador stamp mystery – a possible wet print specimen?

Going back to the topic of South American stamps, I started this year by giving my collection of a boost by adding nearly 400 new Ecuador stamps. With such large number you are inevitably bound to come up some unusual and interesting items. And here’s one of them: This is a fairly common definitive postage stamp, and all in all none of the basic stamp catalogs I have say nothing special of this or the stamp series it belongs to. However what I have is two clearly different sized specimens: What comes to my mind first is the possibility of wet printing. The fact that the dimensions of stamp & design are distorted in this way suggests this possibility. The alternative would be a forgery of some sorts, but as the perforation, design etc. seem highly identical I doubt it. However, as the catalogs say nothing I’m feeling a bit […]

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