Notes from the Past


The term "reentry" is used in recess/intaglio printing.

When, after some printing has been done, the subsequent application of the transfer roll does not exactly match the original plate impression, the result is termed a reentry.

Reapplication of the transfer roll may be needed because of wear during printing, from damage to a subject on the printing plate, or because the original impression was not deep enough to print effectively.

The reentry can show as a partial doubling of a design where the transfer roller was not "entered" in the exact position as that of the original entry.

Deepening of an impression can sometimes be diagnosed from an examination of stamps printed before and after the reentry.

There are several types of work that are loosely termed "reentries."

Shifted Transfer:  Where duplication at the edges of a stamp design occurs because of too much pressure being applied or too high a speed.

Fresh Entry:  Where partial duplication occurs in an attempt to correct a misplacement.  This is usually done before printing begins, and, unlike other cases in which the doubling is purely accidental, here the intention is to shift the impression after erasing the original.  The error here is that the original was not completely erased.

Reentry:  This is basically a repair job as described above. 

- Kenneth A. Wood
This is Philately - Volume Three Q-Z
Van Dahl Publications 1982
Posted October 10, 2000

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