I recently saw a couple of sets of reprints of the 1880 defaced designer's die proofs on Ebay and wondered what these were.
Some cursory research as usual for Liberia brought more questions than answers and I wonder if anyone can add to what I've been able to find out so far
I could only find 4 sources of information about these.
Wickersham (1958) notes a total of 10 of these (2 from each denomination although he refers to them as the "so-called reprints". Cockrill (1979) appears to confirm the same 10 (I think these are shown In Manfred Beier's website http://philib.org/stamp_specimens.php
) although he refers to them as "die proof pulls". I've also found that the Schuyler Rumsey auction of the Fosdyke Ray Collection (2011) refers to the "complete set" of 10 and shows catalogue numbers 16P-20P.
However, Rogers (1971) appears to note around 30 variants with Saleski (1975) noting up to 61!
No one says much about when these reprints appeared or where from. Henry Chandla describes the set of 10 as mid 20thC with Cockrill suggesting they appeared from the early 1940s.
Has anyone any more information as to when, where and why these appeared?