#518 – 1917 $1 Franklin, violet brown

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U.S. #518

1917-19 $1 Franklin

 

Machine parts to Russia and aid packages to Europe were some of the primary uses for U.S. #518.  The high denomination stamp was used on heavier Parcel Post shipments.

 

Flat Plate, Perf. 11

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing continued to use the 10 gauge perforation machines on flat plate stamp sheets even after 11 perf. stamps proved successful.  In an effort to save money, they used the perf. 10 wheels until they wore out.  Beginning in early 1917, stamps produced on flat plate presses were given 11 gauge perfs.

 

That marked the beginning of the flat plate perforated 11 Series of 1917-19 stamps.  Perf. 12 had proven too flimsy, and perf. 10 was too difficult to separate without damaging the stamp, so perf. 11 became a satisfactory solution.

 

$1 Franklin

Issue Date: May 1917

Category: Definitive

Printed by:  Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Method: Flat plate, using plates of 400 with four panes of 100

Watermark:  None

Perforation: 11

Color: Violet brown

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U.S. #518

1917-19 $1 Franklin

 

Machine parts to Russia and aid packages to Europe were some of the primary uses for U.S. #518.  The high denomination stamp was used on heavier Parcel Post shipments.

 

Flat Plate, Perf. 11

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing continued to use the 10 gauge perforation machines on flat plate stamp sheets even after 11 perf. stamps proved successful.  In an effort to save money, they used the perf. 10 wheels until they wore out.  Beginning in early 1917, stamps produced on flat plate presses were given 11 gauge perfs.

 

That marked the beginning of the flat plate perforated 11 Series of 1917-19 stamps.  Perf. 12 had proven too flimsy, and perf. 10 was too difficult to separate without damaging the stamp, so perf. 11 became a satisfactory solution.

 

$1 Franklin

Issue Date: May 1917

Category: Definitive

Printed by:  Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Method: Flat plate, using plates of 400 with four panes of 100

Watermark:  None

Perforation: 11

Color: Violet brown

Water-activated Gum