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washington "UN"
washington "UN"  
Can you explain what these small holes are? They appear to be the letters "UN" but are upside down to the orientation of the stamp. I have several that appeared on the same cover. (No longer have the cover but it was quite likely sent overseas.) As you can see, the stamp appears to be Scott #720.

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Hi Joshua,

 It is a perf-in, which is an abbreviation used in the hobby for "Perforated Initials".  They were used by businesses as an anti-theft device. If an employee would steal the perfin stamps and use them privately, they would be in big trouble! This is a popular collecting area, and there is a special catalog that lists and prices them (which I do not own).  Nor do I know the name of the company that used "UN".  The fact that they are inverted is not real unusual and generally adds no premium.  Hope this helps.

Bill

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William R. Weiss, Jr.

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United States - Virtually any kind of stamp, cover, essay, proof, cancel, covers, etc.

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I have my own expertizing service - Weiss Expertizing. See here; www.stampexpertizing.com.

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APS (Life member), USSS, UPSS, USPCS, USCC, EFO Club

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High School

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