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A Perfin That Never Was?

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Posted 06/23/2019   10:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Ringo to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've not seen one like this before. The letters are embossed into the paper - was it meant to be a perfin, but the pins didn't go through?

I think it says WILLS - I guess the tobacco company?

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Posted 06/23/2019   11:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add perf12 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 07/05/2019   2:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tommtomm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, companies often tried to save time with folding the stamp sheets - that's why you find many mirrored or inverted perfins.
Sometimes the stack got too thick for the machine, so the last stamps could not be perforated completely ... or in this case the letters were just embossed into the paper.

Most collectors see those as normal perfins and keep them, until they find a nicer one.

Now to the WILLS:

Catalog number: 4370.01M
In use: 1954-1985.
Company: W D & H O Wills, Branch of The Imperial Tobacco Company (of Great Britain & Ireland) Ltd, Bristol 3.
Postmarks: Mainly Bristol. Also Belfast, (Ca)rdiff, Chelt(enham), Glasgow, and Liverpool.

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