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I was looking through a couple blue 621a lanterns tonight as I am working on a lantern trade with another member on this site.  In doing so, I noticed something I have never noticed before and upon further inspection, I noticed something even more obscure that I am referring to as a ghost stamp.

The two bands were clearly different colors.   One was a very dark blue or maybe even black while the other one was a brighter blue that more or less matched the fount.  Neither lantern has a ton of wear and neither are sun faded so I ruled that out.

While inspecting the color I noticed a very very faint and small stamp under the "do not operate with a hole in the mantle " warning.  It contains what I think are 2 words.  The first was clear and said "other" but the second is overlaying the "pat no." lettering and is nearly impossible to read.  After looking through a magnifying glass I think it may say "paint" but I am unsure.  
The ghost stamp is so light you can almost not see it and would never be noticed unless you are really looking hard.
Has anyone noticed this before?  I am sure someone must know what this signifies? The lantern with light blue band is a 2/77 and the dark band is from a 1/76 lantern.  Everything else on the lanterns seems identical including the fount color. 

Paul

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I found a reference in the book that says the band was stamped "other patent pending" but I dont think that is what this ghost stamp is. 
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It looks to me like a painted over sticker of some kind. Maybe to hide a mistake. 
Ben
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