Stamps (Philately)/Possible Defect


Some of the "MNH" stamps that I have bought have two parallel slightly raised lines on the reverse side.  Is this a hinge mark or perhaps some other defect in the gum?

Thank you.


It reads like you are describing gum breakers.  Gum breakers were purposely introduced into the rotary press stamp printing process starting in the 1920's to prevent the sheets from curling.  The technique had limited success and was eventually phased out.

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I am a collector of United States postage stamps, and also a stamp dealer. I`m a member of the American Philatelic Society (APS). My principle area of interest and expertise is in United States Stamps.


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