I’ve been sending postcards to my cousins from the places I’ve travelled to for many years before I joined Postcrossing.
My aunt, uncle and cousins moved, around half a year ago, to a new house. So I sent a postcard to their new adress to commemorate it and as a kind of the start of a new era with postcards adressed to a new place.
The postcard is depicting an iconic building of the city of Valencia that is in front of where they live.
Well, months passed and said postcard never arrived (mind you, we live ten minutes driving/twenty minutes bus from each other, same city). I just thought it got lost in the mail and didn’t think much of it.
Some weeks ago, my aunt sent me a message. The postcard had arrived!
But oh, how it had arrived.
I know some errors in philately have a name but I have no idea if this has one so I just called it the Triple Inversion. This postcard is has a triple inversion:
- Because the cancellation is on the opposite side of the postcard: where the image is and not where the stamp is.
- Because the cancellation is on the bottom of the postcard, not on the top where the stamp should have been if it were in the correct side of the postcard.
- Because the cancellation stamp in the lower part of the picture side of the postcard is actually upside down, so it is read if you put the image of the postcard upside down.
How cool is that?! I mean, what are the odds of having all those in one (technically it all takes one missplacement of the postcrad in the machine to have them all but let me have this).
And, if somehow the stamp was actually inverted (with the letter and date of the cancellation in specular mode) it would be four times inverted (of course, due to the way these stamps are designed that is -almost- impossible).
Ok, that’s it. i just thought it was so cool and I am low-key jealous that my aunt, that think the postcard is “sweet”, has a neat piece of philately but I love my family and it makes a nice story. I thought I’d share with more postcard nerd here in the forum.
Do you have a similar story you want to share?
Note: I looked through the forum but I couldn’t find a topic about errors in cancellations or inverted cancellations, ect. I am not sure if there is one, but please, redirect this post if I am opening a new front for something that already exist and I’ll move my story there. I am quite new to the forum and apparently, I can’t make tags work, so this post has no tags because they don’t appear.