Originally Posted by scottwww
Back on topic... What are the possible ways that image could be like that? Is a doctored image the only explanation? Or is there something in the scanning process that could do that?
The paper was cut or two pieces of paper were being merged together but one side got unstuck/lose.
You can try this at home or with any scanner. You will have to have the top of the scanner open in order to have a black triangle next to the word State. That black triangle is the background light bleeding through, thus the scanner marks it black.
Just to shut the unbelievers up, i will do this at home to reproduce similar effect.