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    Milton 2E50R.1d 50¢ Second Issue Negative Essay Gem New. A superb example of the Negative Essay back. But for a few minor pre-print wrinkles in the soft white paper, this piece is flawless. It is an incredibly sharp printing in deep red on perfect white paper. The soft quality of that paper has allowed the embossing effect to show boldly through on the unprinted side. It's an uncommonly wonderful combination of beauty, extreme rarity and ideal preservation. ex-Superior's Fraser sale lot 98 2/1982; FCI to MRF 8/1984; MRF CAA 1/97 lot 1072 to Tom O'Mara. The so-called "Negative Essay," "Reverse Matrix," or "Negative Matrix" reverse is in reality none of these three things. Early catalogs erroneously called these "Matrix Reverses," mistakenly believing that they were printed from matrix dyes (transfer rolls) rather than plates. Some also felt, as the Chapmans did, that the notes were printed from plates that had been made from other plates rather than from matrix dyes or transfer rolls. The term "Negative Reverses," or "Negative Essays," came from the appearance of the notes, which looks at a glance like a photo negative, that is, the dark areas appear light and the light areas appear dark. However, this is not consistent throughout the entire design, as the denomination, parts of the shield and the lettered ribbons are not reversed. This back design was simply an unadopted proposal where someone decided that certain design elements would look better reversed. Debate still continues today as to whether these Negative Essays or the adopted positive designs are the more handsome. The term "Negative Essay," while it would not be technically correct in the realm of professional photography, has been universally accepted by Fractional collectors, dealers and researchers.

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    April, 2006
    27th-28th Thursday-Friday
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