Paquebot Pasteur stamp.Everyone dreams of taking a cruise on a paquebot(the real ones).
An e bay seller dreams of selling his Paquebot stamp for 16 euros (Mint).The only
problem these stamps were never issued without the surcharge.Genuine mint sell for 1 euro;
there are tons of them.
The stamp was printed in 1939;but the war having started,the stamp was issued instead 17-22 May 1941.The surcharge was for the (SCOM) Service Central des Œuvres de la Marine.A sort of
social aid for sailors and their families,whether military,civilian,or fishermen.
One non surcharged sheet exists in the French Postal Museum.It is believed that during
the printing of the surcharge, 2 sheets were stuck together and only after during the
storage of the surcharged sheets that the error was discovered.Traces of the type face
(or bite)on the sheet confirmed this.
Legend has it that there are some non surcharged examples around.
Sellers stamp with washed out surcharge:
Adjusted pic showing the areas and the red remnant color.
The Genuine stamp: