Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rare Stamp Found on McCain Letter

Andy Johns of the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports, "After seven years of scanning his mail with an ultraviolet light, Bill Moore’s diligence may have finally paid off."

Moore believes he has found a rare stamp attached to a mass mailing letter from the John McCain presidential campaign.

Andy goes on to write, "Under normal light, the green stamp with a golden-colored eagle looks like other stamps on Mr. Moore’s cluttered coffee table. But when the stamp collector grabs his ultraviolet light from the floor and passes it over the letters like a wand over a magic hat, the rare stamp glows a pale, iridescent green while the others remain dull."

Moore is quoted in the article as saying, “It’s kind of like somebody out in their backyard digging around planting flowers and they come up with a dinosaur jaw bone.”

U.S. Postal Service spokesman Mark Saunders is quoted as saying the stamp was probably in a roll printed on a machine that had just switched from phosphorescent stamps to non-phosphorescent and some of the chemical bled onto the plain stamps.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM