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Straight Edge On Non Booklet Stamps.

 
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Posted 12/09/2020   2:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Terry McAdams to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Why do some stamps, that are normally perforated on four sides, sometimes have a straight edge. Does someone cut off the perforations?
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Posted 12/09/2020   3:07 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Terry, if you have a Scott specialized catalog you can find the answer in the introduction.
Short answer:
Many early US stamps were printed in large sheets of 400 stamps. To make them easier to handle they were cut into panes of 100. Depending on the position in the sheet the edge stamps in these panes can have one or two imperforate sides


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Posted 12/09/2020   3:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add NSK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If not from booklets, they may be issued from dispensing machines (coils).
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Posted 12/14/2020   7:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Terry McAdams to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you, very helpful.
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I collect wavy end/start of coil stamps. The following ones have me confused. They are missing their die cuts on one end. Were they cut that way for some reason? Some of the edges are pretty ragged. Are they end/start of coil stamps? Any ideas? Thanks!



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Posted 01/18/2021   10:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Gierhead, some of your pictures are hard to interpret as to what the perfs look like.
On the older coils ( like through about 2000 ) the end perforations could be a straight line
On the newer stamps with die cuts the last stamp on the roll usually has a kind of sawtooth die cut.

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