3¢ Deep blue and carmine
INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS ISSUE
Rotary Press Printing - Perf. 11 x 10 ½
Scott #1016 - 1952
Current Value = less than $1
Used stamps are worth less than 25 cents
Statistics and Facts
Plate Size: Sheets of 200 (4 panes of 50) on electric eye plates.
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving
Watermark: USPS, single lined
What you should look for
Look for blocks of four or six,
Above is a Christmas cover, this was the days before the Post Office realised that selling Christmas stamp was another profit opportunity. After the first Christmas stamp in 1963, the Post office issued so many that any Christmas stamp is usually worth much less than other issues of that year.
The above cover is a Dorothy Knapp cover, as can be seen in the lower right. She hand painted all her covers and they are now quite collectable and much sought after by those cover collectors. The above example sold for $500.
The Inspiration for the Design
The stamp is simply one big mistake. the stamp would have been better off just celebrating the International Red Cross and left it at that. But to celebrate it on the 88th anniversary? Well that was the mistake, the stamp declares in big bold letters that the Red Cross was founded in 1864. Yet, back in 1952 it was well documented (you only had to ask the Red Cross) that the International Red Cross was founded in 1863, in Geneva, Switzerland. On the true anniversary of the founding of the International Red Cross, in 1963, the Bureau got it right and put the correct date on the stamp, see examples below.
Varieties to look for
There are no varities of #1016
The Essay's and Proofs
VARIOUS ESSAY DESIGNS FOR #1016