Inverted Jenny Stamp Stolen in 1955 Returned to Owner

NEW YORK (AP) -
American Philatelic Society executive director Scott D. English on Thursday holds an “Inverted Jenny,” a 1918 stamp stolen in 1955, that was returned to its rightful owner at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
American Philatelic Society executive director Scott D. English on Thursday holds an “Inverted Jenny,” a 1918 stamp stolen in 1955, that was returned to its rightful owner at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

A rare postage stamp stolen in 1955 was returned on Thursday to its rightful owner in New York City.

But the mystery surrounding the so-called Inverted Jenny remains: Who stole it and three other such stamps at a convention in Virginia?

At the World Stamp Show, a man from Northern Ireland who inherited one of the stolen stamps from his grandfather watched as it was handed to officials of the American Philatelic Research Library.

A total of 100 Inverted Jenny stamps were printed in 1918, erroneously depicting an airplane printed upside-down. Of the four stolen in 1955, three have now been recovered.