John Dickenson, a founder of the famous British paper-making firm, patented in 1830 a security banknote paper containing long silk transverse threads which could be so arranged and devised that one or more ran through each individual note. This was adapted for stamp printing, and was used also for the 1841 Great Britain embossed envelopes as well as for the 1847-54 embossed Somerset House 10d. and 1s. stamps; and by Switzerland and Bavaria. The invention was rejected by the British Post office for the other issues of G.B. as it was contended that partition by cutting with scissors, etc., would result in the withdrawal of the threads, and thus defeat the object aimed at.
- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's EncyclopaediaPublished 1966Posted January 15, 2000
Index of 507 Notes from the Past
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