I have this part of an envelope with a U395 and have a question about the watermark. As you can see in the photo, the watermark 14 ("US 1903") is oriented exactly as the laid lines. Unfortunately I only have this small piece of watermark to show but it is visible.
What I understood so far about US stationery:
- the laid lines are diagonally for envelopes and horizontally for wrappers (mostly)
- the watermark is horizontally/vertically for envelopes and diagonally for wrappers (mostly)
But in all those cases the watermark is not oriented with the laid lines but diagonally to the laid lines, due to the production of the envelopes.
I think in my case this can't be an error of the operator with the knife as the position of the knife does not change the orientation of the watermark concerning the laid lines. So my guess would be that the laid lines were directly in the dandy role, in opposite to the other cases of US envelopes where the laid lines come from the screen.
Is there any information about all this, maybe the U395 (and others?) had another production configuration?