It is a well known fact that when you take a questionable action, consequences will follow.
Never is this less true than in the field of time travel.
For example, the following were printed in 1903 by the U.S. Postal Service.
(Click on it, there's lots of detail)
1-cent stamp features my favourite arch-genius and bestest friend before he changed his name. Printed with ebony ink, it proved virtually impossible to locate one of these in a dark room, and many were lost. This hard-to-find philatelic legend will forever be known among hardcore stamp enthusiasts as the Very Black.
2-cent stamp bears an unusually-decaffeinated Eolist Petite. Initially these were printed with the blood of her husband, but this practice was short-lived as he kept waking up. Beloved of collectors as the first stamp to ever feature a woman (they didn't get out much), this gem is known fondly as the Tiny Red.
5-cent stamp displays the mug of yours truly, just after a bad haircut. A large batch was accidentally printed on sandpaper, giving it the nickname of the Rough Roth. Despite its value being common for long-distance mail, it proved unpopular as nobody wanted to lick it. Still, the colour's nice.
9-cent stamp is an unconventional offering, just like its subject, the Minneapolis blogger, Pearl. The multicoloured sheen was a printing error; three-parts ink to one-part gin. This limited the print run of this rarity to a single sheet, most of which were enjoyed with ice and lemon. The Pearly Wonder remains highly sought after and priceless.
How did this happen? It's a long tale, but let's just say that President Teddy Roosevelt was a better president than he was gambler. Or skateboarder.
The original 1903 Ulysses Grant 4c stamp can be viewed here
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