In which year were the first perforated stamps issued?
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Last updated Aug 15 2017.
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February 1854. The first perforated stamp was the British penny red.
Source: New Shell Boook of Firsts.
Mar 22 2004, 2:16 AM
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The Irishmen Henry Archer, who worked for the railways, is considered to be the inventor of perforation. He sold his patents to the British Ministry of Finance. Archer completed thereafter his invention. Some prototypes were build. The greatest problem was how to get rid of the remains from the holes. These little pieces of paper caused the machine to a standstill over and over.
Stamps which were part of these trials were sold at the post offices during the years 1848-1850. These are regarded to be the first perforated stamps.