SCOTT 344 SCHERMACK CONTROL PERFIN DES 90-69 RATED B

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jan 25, 2013
  • Channel: Auction House

UNITED STATES VENDING AND AFFIXING MACHINE PERFORATIONS

SCOTT # 344 SCHERMACK CONTROL PERFIN DES 90-69 RATED B

This is pattern 2-4-5-6-8 used by Austin Nichols Co. of New York.

Please see scans for centering and overall stamp condition.

In the early 1900's stamps were still produced in sheets making applying them to an envelope a one at a time proposition. In the days before televison and the internet, the printed word was the primary means of advertisement. Several companies were developing affixing machines to speed up the process.

They purchased imperforate sheets from the Postal Office and applied their own perforations. These sheets then were stripped and joined into coils to be fed through the affixing machines. The private perfs were not designed to seperate the stamps but to facilitate their movement through the affixing machine. Usually a blade would seperate the stamp at time of application.

Some of the affixing machines were capable of processing 250 envelopes a minute. Millions and millions of items were sent through the mails from these machines. But like the spam of today, most of the envelopes were discarded and relatively few of stamps remain today.

The Schermack Company, later known as Mailometer, is probably the most recognizable, as they were the most successful
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