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    Default perforating machine

    Another lots-to-look-at from Shorpy. This one is from 1938, US Bureau of Engraving & Printing. The machine produces the perforations on sheets of stamps.

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    What's the deal with the funny shaped hats? is that to keep the little "dots" from getting in the hair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4GSR View Post
    What's the deal with the funny shaped hats? is that to keep the little "dots" from getting in the hair?
    I figured as such, much like when working in a pressroom, the guys would always make a hat from the paper.

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    1938? I didn't think the government was trying to read people's minds that far back.... (the hats)

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger doug View Post
    I figured as such, much like when working in a pressroom, the guys would always make a hat from the paper.
    That's correct from what I have read. Many pressroom guys would apparently knock out a fresh one each morning, from newsprint or any old paper source around. They were often box-shaped, unlike the cone shapes seen in the photograph.

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    But no postage stamp sheets were used? Or even rejected ones.

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    I have a friend who is an artist who has been making his own (non-US Mail) stamps for over 40 years now, and he has an antique one row perforating machine- it has stops, but to perforate a whole sheet of stamps, you need to use it a dozen or more times- once for each vertical row, once for each horizontal row. But it works.

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