Fu Manchu -- the stamp

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Late in the action of President Fu Manchu, protagonist Mark Hepburn examines a curious artifact left behind by the "madman of the Stratton Building." 

   It was a three-cent Daniel Webster stamp, dated 1932, gummed upside down upon a piece of cardboard, then framed by the paper in which a pear-shaped opening had been cut.  The effect, when the frame was dropped over the stamp, was singular to a degree.
   It produced a hideous Chinese face!
   Mark Hepburn took out his notecase and carefully placed this queer discovery in it. As he returned the case to his pocket a memory came of hynotic green eyes staring into his own--a memory of the unforgettable features of Dr. Fu Manchu as he had seen them through the broken window on the night of the Chinatown raid . . . .
   Yes, the fact was unmistakable: inverted and framed in this way, the Daniel   Webster stamp presented a caricature, but a recognizable caricature, of  Dr. Fu Manchu!

President Fu Manchu, pp. 238-239 of first edition

This curiosity was first noted by John Harwood
in a letter in The Rohmer Review No, 2.

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