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Posted 01/26/2017   6:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add bobone to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
You think someone cut halfway ?? why.. small scissors?

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Posted 01/26/2017   6:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Bobone, it is not an A140 stamp. A140 is the Scott designation for the drawing - has nothing to do with the catalog number. Why anyone would cut a stamp this way? Who knows, lots of weirdos in this world.


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Posted 01/26/2017   6:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Your stamp went through a vending machine, likely in a post office or railroad depot lobby. Note the row of indentions starting in the left margin and coming across Washington's forehead. The right side was knifed-off by the vending machine. It is fairly common on coil stamps to see this cutting and indenting damage.
The knife left a small bit the stamp attached to the next unsold stamp in the machine so the purchaser pulled it apart as the customer "took his purchase" - otherwise if the knife cut all the way across the coil, the purchased strip would fall on the floor.
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Edited by John Becker - 01/26/2017 6:46 pm
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Posted 01/26/2017   6:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bobone to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks guys, John are you saying that they were cut as they passed through the vending machine...
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Posted 01/26/2017   6:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sure, put in your dime, turn the crank, out comes 5 stamps. In this case the knife wasn't adjusted to hit the perfs very well.
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Posted 01/26/2017   6:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bobone to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Now I got it.. that's why a lot of vending machine stamps weren't lined up right. Can't you get 1 stamp at a time ?
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Posted 01/26/2017   7:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There were multiple vending machine manufacturers. Each would have slightly different mechanisms and capabilities. Not to derail the thread on a tangent, but these would be different from the affixing machines used by businesses to stamp their mail which were specifically designed to advance one stamp at a time with each down-stroke of a plunger and knife-through the perforations, often a bit misaligned too.
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Edited by John Becker - 01/26/2017 7:14 pm
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Posted 01/26/2017   7:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bobone to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank's John
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Posted 01/26/2017   8:17 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Is that a gripper mark on the stamp (left margin)?
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Posted 01/26/2017   8:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, here is a coil stamp with stronger indentions make by some sort of dispensing mechanism within the machine.

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Edited by John Becker - 01/26/2017 8:34 pm
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Posted 02/01/2017   4:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bobone to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What about this one ?

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Posted 02/01/2017   4:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The one cent Franklin is a vertical coil applied with an affixer which was slightly misadjusted. Note the top and bottom cuts have a slight arc to them from the knife mechanism of the affixer.
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Posted 02/01/2017   5:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bobone to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
John, Vending machine ?
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Posted 02/01/2017   5:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No, not a vending machine.
Vending machines and affixing machines are two different animals.
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Posted 02/01/2017   5:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bobone to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Got it ,, Imperf coil cut on a misaligned affixing machine.
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