#26A – 1857-61 3c Washington, Perf 15

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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

When the world’s first postage stamps were released, no provision was made for separating the stamps from one another. Post office clerks and stamp users merely cut these “imperforates” apart with scissors or tore them along the edge of a metal ruler. A device was needed which would separate the stamps more easily and accurately.
 
In 1847, Irishman Henry Archer patented a machine that punched holes horizontally and vertically between rows of stamps. Now stamps could be separated without cutting. Perforations enabled stamps to adhere better to envelopes. He sold his invention to the British Treasury in 1853. That same year, Great Britain produced its first perforated stamps.
 
The 1857-61 issues were the first perforated U.S. stamps. Their designs were reproduced from the imperforate plates of 1851. The side frame lines were re-cut on this variety, which was printed in dull red ink.
 
Because the same plates were used, the perforate stamp types don’t differ much from the corresponding imperforate stamps. The entire series (U.S. #18-39) is noted for having narrow margins. In addition, the side frames were recut on U.S. #26A, making it a variety distinct from U.S. #26.
 
 
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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

When the world’s first postage stamps were released, no provision was made for separating the stamps from one another. Post office clerks and stamp users merely cut these “imperforates” apart with scissors or tore them along the edge of a metal ruler. A device was needed which would separate the stamps more easily and accurately.
 
In 1847, Irishman Henry Archer patented a machine that punched holes horizontally and vertically between rows of stamps. Now stamps could be separated without cutting. Perforations enabled stamps to adhere better to envelopes. He sold his invention to the British Treasury in 1853. That same year, Great Britain produced its first perforated stamps.
 
The 1857-61 issues were the first perforated U.S. stamps. Their designs were reproduced from the imperforate plates of 1851. The side frame lines were re-cut on this variety, which was printed in dull red ink.
 
Because the same plates were used, the perforate stamp types don’t differ much from the corresponding imperforate stamps. The entire series (U.S. #18-39) is noted for having narrow margins. In addition, the side frames were recut on U.S. #26A, making it a variety distinct from U.S. #26.