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Posted 04/11/2021   3:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add jerryakatz to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I estimate that there are about 400 large proofs of the Fourth Bureau Issue (FBI) of ordinary stamps that got out of the U.S. Government and stayed in the public domain. This includes 13 sets of die proofs, nine signed by Postmaster Generals, as well as other unsigned die proofs, trial color proofs, and die essays. Most of these proofs were either gifts from a Postmaster General (PMG) or became the property of engravers who worked at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Many of the proofs still exist, although some of their proof cards are trimmed down from the normal 6 in. x 8 in. format. This frequently removed the control number on the reverse of the card. Counterfeit 5 digit control numbers were added to some of these cards. The proofs in the die proof sets were pulled in 1922-26 (7 digit control numbers), 1929 (6 digit control numbers starting with a 1), and 1933 (6 digit control numbers starting with a 3). I believe that 9 or 10 of the die proof sets contained only pre-1929 proofs. Only a few of the original sets are intact today. The die proof colors reflect the colors of the FBI stamps from the corresponding periods. Shown below are PMG signed 1922 and 1929 11-cent Hayes die proofs. All 1929 signed proofs were backdated to their original proof dates. Also shown are a variety of colors found on the Hayes die proofs. I would like to hear from other collectors of FBI proofs.



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Posted 04/11/2021   4:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"I would like to hear from other collectors of FBI proofs."

Based upon your web pages, https://jerryakatz.wordpress.com/#blog ; I trust you have already reached out to the usual collectors, dealers (including dealer data bases) and expertising folks for your inquiry. Also have you reviewed the various appropriate publications including the 50 year run of the Essay-Proof Journal which ended in 1993?

You may find more success with either an ad in The United States Specialist or have published there a quick article which includes the same request. It has an Essay-Proof Committee.

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Posted 04/23/2021   12:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jerryakatz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the comments. I should really contact the inactive Proofs and Essays Committee of the USSS to get it to bring members with similar likes together.
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