grills on the earlier U.S. issues
of 1867-70 will be somewhat easier by this method: Rub a lead
on a piece of paper, same as you would do to sharpen it. Lay
grilled stamp face up over this lead marking and pressing lightly on
copy pass the grilled area of the stamp over the lead once or twice
will transfer some of the lead to the raised points of the
You will find that the grill points may then be readily counted and
and you won't harm the stamp if you don't over do it.
- George B. Sloane
September 1, 1945
Posted July 20, 1999
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