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- n. Plural form of imperforate.
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Call it 800,000 issued which, if perforated, would be a quarter of the total issue of 1/2d stamps, or a ratio to the imperforates of one to three.
Next we find the 6d to the number of 150,000, when the total issue, including the laid paper, was but 400,000; yet the catalogue value of the imperforates is some $6 for each variety, and of the perforated stamp at least $30!
Possibly this small supply consisted of the imperforates -- both values being known in this condition -- and if so they may have been printed to fill a special requisition.
The stamps did not go back to Ottawa, and the postal authorities there annoyed, doubtless righteously, that such things should escape from their well regulated printing establishment went to considerable trouble to make the imperforates of small monetary value.
Mr. Severn, in adding to the history of these imperforates, says: --
This reckoning agrees, we believe, with the recollection of the person who rescued the imperforates from oblivion, in a philatelic sense.