I was going through my many duplicates of used USA stamps. I ran across the 1988 Christmas Madonna and Child (Scott 2399) which has the Cyan (red) missing. What puzzles me is if the Cyan is missing, what the word Christmas remain red? Or is the a separate pass in the printing operation? Any suggestions and remarks are appreciated! Thanks for a great forum!
I am sorry for the color error, I should have said magenta. I did get any sleep last night. But if is faded, please explain why the word Christmas is unchanged.
I'd have to say there were different printing processes involved in printing that stamp. Looks like engraving perhaps for the letters, typo/litho-graphy for the red that has faded. Perhaps someone else has a better knowledge of the printing processes than I.
brightonpete Thanks for your reply. I suspect that process color was one run and the spot color (red and black) are another. But that does not account for one color fading and the other red not. I have been in the printing business for 40 years, mainly letterpress and small offset. Very little process color work. I know red is usually susceptible to fading when exposed to sunlight. The other explanation is two different types of ink were used, the type in fade resistant ink. I suspect not.
Pete has brought up an interesting point as well stampguyusa - I have also been raised in a printing shop and have witnessed so many variations of color in certain "jobs" - My dad (late) was a Newspaper owner and printer for 40 years and technology advances in printing has showed many discrepencies. This is not changeling but a wrong printing job !! René