Inverted Jenny Flies Again

Jenny Flies Again

One of the most famous stamps ever to be printed by the Postal Service has finally made a comeback.

Originally issued in 1918, the Curtis Jenny stamp commemorated the first airmail flight on May 15 of that year. The image of a Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” bi-plane, however, was unintentionally printed upside down in the initial printing. Eight of the misprinted sheets were identified and destroyed, but one sheet of 100 stamps was inadvertently sold to a collector.

The Inverted Jenny was re-issued last week, although in a larger denomination of $2. Unlike the original misprint, this version of the stamp will intentionally feature the Jenny bi-plane in its unique inverted position.

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