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Posted 02/24/2008   1:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add cancelled1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Why do some stamps have holes? Here is one example. I have others that appear to have the letters 'sc' or something like that.

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Posted 02/24/2008   1:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This is called a "perfin" which is short for perforated initials. Companies and government agencies punched their initials on postage stamps as a security device primarily to prevent employees from taking them for personal use or to sell outside the company.
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Posted 02/24/2008   2:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modern_who to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Perfins can be found on stamps of many nations, particulary older stamps; I don't remember seeing any on more modern issues from other countries. Some people collect them.
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