US 25 – 26A 3¢ 1857 Washington A10, A21

25 26 26a


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The 1857-61 issues were the initially punctured U.S. stamps. Their outlines were imitated from the imperforate plates of 1851. Since the same plates were utilized, the puncture stamp sorts don’t vary much from the comparing imperforate stamps. The whole arrangement (U.S. #18-39) is noted for having slender edges.

U.S. #25 is almost indistinguishable to the 3¢ imperforate. No less than two edge lines were re-cut on every plate, and one can by and large be seen at the top or base.

First Perforated U.S. Postage Stamps Introduced

At the point when the world’s first postage stamps were discharged, no procurement was made for isolating the stamps from each other. Post office assistants and stamp clients only cut these “imperforates” separated with scissors or tore them along the edge of a metal ruler. A gadget was required which would isolate the stamps all the more effortlessly and precisely.

In 1847, Irishman Henry Archer licensed a machine that punched openings on a level plane and vertically between columns of stamps. Presently stamps could be isolated without cutting. Apertures empowered stamps to hold fast better to envelopes. He sold his creation to the British Treasury in 1853. That same year, Great Britain delivered its initially Perforated stamps.

U.S. #25
Series of 1857-61 3¢ Washington
Type I

Earliest Known Use: February 28, 1857
Quantity issued: 38,750,000 (estimate)
Printed by: Toppan, Carpenter & Co.
Printing Method: Flat plate
Watermark: None
Perforation: 15.5
Color: Rose

 

 

U.S. #26
Series of 1857-61 3¢ Washington
Type II
Earliest Known Use: September 14, 1857
Quantity issued: 550,000,000 (estimate)
Printed by: Toppan, Carpenter & Co.
Printing Method: Flat plate
Watermark: None
Perforation: 15.5
Color: Dull red

 

 

U.S. #26A
Series of 1857-61 3¢ Washington
Type IIa
First Day of Issue: June 26, 1857
Quantity issued: 33,000,000
Printed by: Toppan, Carpenter & Co.
Method: Flat plate
Watermark: None
Perforation: 15.5
Color: Dull red