The "Meched Stamps" are a mystery to many philatelists. Gerard Karman did extensive research and found answers to some of the questions.
On the right is the introduction to the book he wrote. Some examples you'll find on the next page.
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Meched Stamps according to Karman


Most unfortunately, I have never been to Meched, the holy city where it all happened in 1902 when a Belgian postmaster printed his own stamps after he had run out of regular postagestamps. I do not believe that I have thus missed the opportunity to find the key to the secrets which surround the Meched issue. The stamps issued have spread over the world end it seems as if the data on their background have gone with them.
There is no contemporary source of any kind. The announcements in the stamp magazines of 1902 end 1903 describe the stamps as they have been seen end specify production methode end further details with great reservation.

Two waves of publications have narrowed this gap. The first wave included the article in the issues of THE PHILATELTC JOURNAL OF GREAT BRITAIN of July 1930 end August 1931 written by Oldfield, Napier, Arnold end Benjamin Goodfellow whose study has served as a model which has undergone little revision. The second wave was initiated in 1960 by a paper held by Dr Dadkhah for members of the Royal Philatelic Society, focusing on the postmarks on Meched stamps end the detection of reprints.
With the increasing number of publications, the uncertainty amongst those who in some form take interest in this issue seems to have grown. Today, no one seems to know what to think of Meched stamps any longer.
The reason may be a combination of inconsistencies end even contradictions in the publications end the lack of illustrations end references.

This book, as the title suggests, contains my personal opinions on the Meched issue. They differ from those of former authors in many respects. I have explained in detail, where appropriate, these differences, allowing the reader to make his or her judgement. May this study end the confusion about this issue end indeed serve to elicit the further investigation which the subject matter unquestionably deserves.