The Perforator, November 15, 1904

I forget where I acquired this item, and what I paid for it, but it appeals to me for its glimpse of what stamp collecting was like just over a hundred years ago. The only name I recognize is Scott - the Scott Catalogue - still published today. The stamp-related articles and ads are familiar, but presented in a quaint style, and display a hobby still relatively young, still trying to decide which way to go.

I found the Fraud Reporter (fifth page) especially interesting, I can't imagine any magazine or paper printing such material today.

The story about the Pan-Am inverts (sixth and seventh pages) was news to me, and while I'm sure it has been recorded in more recent publications, it increased my own knowledge of those stamps.

The article starting on page 3 refers to the "Seybold Collection," and John Seybold, who is now credited as the first major collector to recognize the importance of stamps on cover. More about him HERE (Published: April 10, 1910 - Copyright The New York Times). According to Post Office in Paradise "John Seybold, the pioneer cover collector, made people think about leaving stamps on cover so their postal markings and original uses could be seen. He stamped his name on the backs of covers he owned."

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