Terminologies used in Stamp Collecting - Perforations


The stamps that were brought out originally did not have any perforations or holes and this made cutting the stamps difficult for the people. Then machines were invented for making the much-needed perforations. These machines were put to use for punching horizontal and vertical holes to facilitate easy removal of individual stamps from the sheet.

Even after the introduction of stamp sheets with perforation, post offices continued to issue stamps without any perforations to help stamp collectors.

Any normal stamp will have perforations and these so-called ?perfs? vary accordingly and they go by number. Some stamps have perf # 12 horizontally and have a perf # 8 vertically. Perforations also vary in size and depending upon the perforation size, the number of perforations vary; the larger the holes, fewer will be the perfs on the side of stamps.

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