One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a postage stamp) printed upside down or sideways relative to another.
- ‘The design takes advantage of the tête-bêche printing format, using it to enhance the impact of the designs.’
- ‘Normally, a sheet of tête-bêche stamps is broken up into panes for the booklets, but some of the sheets were sold to the public.’
- ‘One of the finest known, original gum examples of the tête-bêche pair of 1856 Finland 5-kopek stamps from the Bill Gross Scandinavian Collection will be offered by Spink Shreves Galleries with a pre-sale estimate of $50,000 to $75,000 in a public auction on May 16, 2008.’
- ‘Three specimens of a cancelled tête-bêche block of four 10-kopeck oval stamps are known to exist.’
- ‘The title is a Chinese translation of tête-bêche, which describes stamps that are printed top to bottom facing each other.’
French, from tête ‘head’ and bêche, contraction of obsolete béchevet ‘double bedhead’.
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