Sale 1253 — The Melvin Getlan Collection of U.S. Vending & Affixing Machine Perfs Part 1

Sale Date — Tuesday, 5 April, 2022

Category — The Schermack Company Type I Perforations

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
227
c
Sale 1253, Lot 227, The Schermack Company Type I PerforationsJoseph J. Schermack, Solicitation to Invest in Stamp Vending Machines. Two 1c singles with Schermack Ty. III perfs (314), tied by "Detroit Mich May 31, 1909, 8:30 PM" machine cancel on cover to Mrs. T. S. Farquharson in Des Moines Iowa, marked "Personal", three original enclosures: a letter dated May 29, 1909 with another 1c Schermack Ty. III affixed, discussing the Detroit Mailing Machine business and an enclosed proposal to invest in the Schermack Stamp Vending Machine Company, signed by Schermack; a multi-page typed background and proposal to sell capital stock in the company for the purpose of distributing stamp vending machines to large cities across the country, also signed by Schermack; finally an illustration of a Schermack counter-top vending machine showing several of the advertising cards from which revenue was to be derived as well as a strip of Schermack Dummy stamps, Very Fine and fascinating group from this early stamp affixing and vending machine pioneer, these letters were sent to members of the APS shortly after Schermack joined the Society, see Steven Belasco's book (Chapter 11) for a detailed discussion of this second venture by Schermack, ex Curtis

E. 1,500-2,000
950
228
ogbl
Sale 1253, Lot 228, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations1c Blue Green, Schermack Ty. I, Eight Holes (314). Centerline block of 16, original gum, few minor h.r., brilliant color, creased along the vertical guideline where previously folded, third row with horizontal crease

OVERALL VERY FINE CONDITION FOR SUCH A REMAKABLE MULTIPLE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED BLOCK OF THE ONE-CENT 1906 ISSUE WITH SCHERMACK TYPE I PERFORATIONS.

While this is obviously a request item, it is remarkable nonetheless as a large centerline block.

With 1982 P.F. certificate. Unlisted in Scott as a block.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,500
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229
ogbl
Sale 1253, Lot 229, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations1c Blue Green, Schermack Ty. I, Eight Holes (314). Top imprint and plate no. 3119 block of eight, perfs extend into sheet selvage, original gum, top stamps minor h.r., bottom stamps Mint N.H., light gum creases, Fine and rare plate block with only two or three known, ex Belasco, with 1998 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,200
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230
og
Sale 1253, Lot 230, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations1c Blue Green, Schermack Ty. I, Seven Holes (314). Paste-up pair, original gum, bright color and well-centered, Very Fine and choice, ex Dr. Agris, with 1993 A.P.S. and 1997 P.S.E. certificates (co-signed Belasco)

1,900
2,200
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231
og
Sale 1253, Lot 231, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations1c Blue Green, Schermack Ty. I, Six Holes (314). Guide line pair, original gum, "HHH" handstamps and pencil writing on back of both, deep rich color

VERY FINE. A LOVELY GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 1906 ONE-CENT ISSUE WITH SCHERMACK TYPE I SIX-HOLE PERFORATIONS.

This is the first guide line pair of the 1c 1906 Issue we have offered with Schermack Ty. I six-hole perforations since our 2010 sale of the Belasco collection. With 1982 P.F. certificate

2,650
2,700
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232
c
Sale 1253, Lot 232, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. I, Schermack Ty. I, Eight Holes (320). Clear perfs at left and trimmed at right by affixing machine, tied by "Detroit Mich. Sta. F. Dec. 31 6-PM 1907" machine cancel on Murphy Chair Co. corner card cover with typewriter address to Winchendon Mass., receiving backstamp (Jan. 2, 1908), choice condition

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY EARLY USE OF A COIL STAMP ON A COVER, BEARING THE 2-CENT 1906 ISSUE WITH SCHERMACK TYPE I EIGHT-HOLE PERFORATIONS.

The sender was one of five Detroit commercial companies to use the Schermack Type I stamps. By 1915 they were employing 1,000 workers and producing 7,000 chairs a day. As the auto industry grew, competition for workers became intense, and by 1919 they moved to Kentucky. The recipient, Baxter D. Whitney and Sons, began building woodworking machines in 1837 and was run by the founder's son from 1900 to 1953.

With 1989 P.S.E. certificate. Scott value $2,500.00

E. 1,000-1,500
4,000
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233
ogbl
Sale 1253, Lot 233, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. I, Schermack Ty. I, Eight Holes (320). Centerline block of 16, original gum, second row from bottom plus a few others Mint N.H., six with h.r., brilliant color, three stamps with inconsequential small thin spots

OVERALL VERY FINE CONDITION FOR SUCH A REMAKABLE MULTIPLE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT 1906 ISSUE WITH SCHERMACK TYPE I PERFORATIONS.

While this is obviously a request item, it is remarkable nonetheless as a large centerline block.

With 2013 P.F. certificate. Unlisted in Scott as a block.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,700
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234
ogbl
Sale 1253, Lot 234, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. I, Schermack Ty. I, Eight Holes (320). Top imprint and plate no. 3454 block of six, original gum, h.r. top center stamp which has two small thin spots, light selvage creases, appears Very Fine, a rare plate block with only two or three known, ex Belasco, with 1998 P.F. certificate, unlisted in Scott

E. 1,000-1,500
1,700
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235
og
Sale 1253, Lot 235, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. I, Schermack Ty. I, Combination Seven and Eight Holes (320). Paste-up strip of four, combination Ty. I perforations with the right three stamps eight holes and the left paste-up stamp seven holes, original gum, faintly hinged if at all, truly appears Mint N.H.

VERY FINE. A UNIQUE VARIETY OF THE SCHERMACK TYPE I PERFORATIONS, WITH A COMBINATION OF BOTH SEVEN AND EIGHT HOLES.

This was originally part of a 25-stamp strip of Schermack Ty. I that was purchased in 1907 -- consisting of a seven-hole strip of 20 with an eight-hole paste-up strip of five.

Ex Belasco. With 1995 P.F. certificate which fails to note the perf combination (calls it seven holes).

E. 3,000-4,000
5,000
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236
og
Sale 1253, Lot 236, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. I, Schermack Ty. I, Seven Holes (320). Guide line pair, original gum, h.r., bright color, right stamp tiny thin spot, Very Fine appearance and scarce, with 1989 P.S.E. and 2009 P.S.A.G. certificates

2,200
1,700
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237
og
Sale 1253, Lot 237, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. I, Schermack Ty. I, Seven Holes (320). Strip of five with paste-up at left of pos. 1, original gum, middle three stamps Mint N.H., outer stamps h.r., brilliant color on bright paper

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1906 ISSUE WITH SCHERMACK TYPE I SEVEN-HOLE PERFORATIONS.

With 1991 P.S.E. certificate. Scott value as a strip of four without premium for paste-up stamp at left.

3,000
3,250
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238
c
Sale 1253, Lot 238, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. I, Schermack Ty. I, Seven Holes (320). Showing clear Schermack Type I perforations at right, perfs trimmed at left by affixing machine, tied by "Detroit Mich. Sta. F. Dec. 14 6-PM 1907" wavy-line machine cancel on Murphy Chair Co. corner card cover with typewriter address to Winchendon Mass., receiving backstamp (Dec. 16), immaculate condition

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THE TYPE I SEVEN-HOLE SCHERMACK PERFORATIONS. A WONDERFUL COMMERCIAL USE FROM MURPHY CHAIR COMPANY TO A WOODWORKING MACHINE MANUFACTURER.

The sender was one of five Detroit commercial companies to use the Schermack Type I stamps. By 1915 they were employing 1,000 workers and producing 7,000 chairs a day. As the auto industry grew, competition for workers became intense, and by 1919 they moved to Kentucky. The recipient, Baxter D. Whitney and Sons, began building woodworking machines in 1837 and was run by the founder's son from 1900 to 1953.

This hand-stripped 2c Shield coil has Schermack Type I perfs designed to advance the roll of stamps one at a time for automated affixing purposes. It was used on this commercial cover in December 1907, making this is one of the earliest uses of any United States coil stamp and the earliest of the Schermack Type I Seven Holes. At this point, collectors were generally unaware of the existence of machine-fed coil stamps, and so few were saved.

Ex Dr. Agris. Described in an article by Donna O'Keefe in the Philatelic Gems column of Linn's Stamp News (Sep. 21, 1992, p. 22). Illustrated in the Belasco book on p. 20 where described as "Extremely Rare". With 1991 A.P.S. certificate. Scott value $8,750.00

E. 2,000-3,000
9,000
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239
og
Sale 1253, Lot 239, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Scarlet, Ty. I, Schermack Ty. I, Six Holes (320b). Guide line pair, original gum, lightly hinged, glowing color in the distinctive Scarlet, choice centering, Extremely Fine, a scarce six-hole guide line pair, with 2003 P.F. certificate

1,750
2,000
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240
og
Sale 1253, Lot 240, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Lake, Ty. II, Schermack Ty. I, Eight Holes (320A). Strip of four, original gum, h.r., rich color, Very Fine, with 2002 P.S.E. certificate (co-signed Belasco)

800
750
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241
ogbl
Sale 1253, Lot 241, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Lake, Ty. II, Schermack Ty. I, Eight Holes (320A). Top imprint and plate no. 4686 block of six, perfs continue into the top selvage, original gum, few h.r., fresh deep color, Fine-Very Fine and very scarce, only two or three plate blocks are known, ex Belasco and illustrated in his book on p. 20, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,300
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242
og
Sale 1253, Lot 242, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Lake, Ty. II, Schermack Ty. I, Seven Holes (320A). Guide line pair, original gum which is somewhat harshly called "disturbed" on accompanying certificate, gorgeous color, outstanding centering, Extremely Fine, a beautiful guide line pair, with 2003 P.F. certificate

2,500
2,200
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243
nh
Sale 1253, Lot 243, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Lake, Ty. II, Schermack Ty. I, Six Holes (320A). Pair, original gum, deep rich color, well-centered, Very Fine, a scarce six-hole pair of the 2c Lake, ex Dr. Agris, with 1997 P.S.E. certificate (co-signed Belasco), we believe Scott has mistakenly transposed the values for the pair and line pair on this issue (they list $3,250.00 for a pair and $1,550.00 for a line pair, which cannot be correct)

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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244
og
Sale 1253, Lot 244, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations1c Green, Schermack Ty. I, Eight Holes (343). Guide line strip of four, original gum, rich color and well-centered, minor gum creases, Very Fine and choice, with 1993 P.S.E. certificate (co-signed Belasco)

700
750
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245
og
Sale 1253, Lot 245, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations1c Green, Schermack Ty. I, Eight Holes (343). Pair with 3mm spacing, original gum, wide margins, Very Fine, with 2014 P.F. certificate, listed but unpriced as a 3mm pair

E. 500-750
1,000
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246
og
Sale 1253, Lot 246, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Carmine, Schermack Ty. I, Eight Holes (344). Guide line pair, original gum, h.r., bright color, small thin in bottom margin of right stamp, appears Very Fine, a very scarce guide line pair of this issue, with 1993 P.S.E. certificate (co-signed Belasco)

2,750
3,000
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247
 
Sale 1253, Lot 247, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Carmine, Schermack Ty. I, Eight Holes (344). Guide line pair, bright color, light machine cancel, small thin spot at left of right stamp

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT 1908 ISSUE WITH SCHERMACK TYPE I EIGHT-HOLE PERFORATIONS.

This is the only used line pair of this issue we have encountered. None are known on cover. With 1998 P.S.E. certificate (co-signed Belasco). Unlisted in Scott

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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248
og
Sale 1253, Lot 248, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations3c Deep Violet, Schermack Ty. I, Eight Holes (345). Guide line pair, original gum, minor h.r. at bottom, rich color, well-centered

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 3-CENT 1908 ISSUE WITH SCHERMACK TYPE I PERFORATIONS. THIS IS THE ONLY GUIDE LINE PAIR WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.

The 1908 3c is one of the rarest issues to find with Schermack Ty. I perforations, particularly as a guide line pair. Outside of this sale we have not offered another example in any format since our 2010 sale of the Belasco collection.

Ex Dr. Agris. With 1988 A.P.S. and 1997 P.S.E. certificates (co-signed Belasco).

3,000
2,600
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249
og
Sale 1253, Lot 249, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations3c Deep Violet, Schermack Ty. I, Eight Holes (345). Pair with 2.5mm spacing, original gum, lightly hinged, rich color, well-centered with large margins, Extremely Fine, the 1908 3c is one of the rarest issues to find with Schermack Ty. I perforations, outside of this sale we have not offered another example since our 2010 sale of the Belasco collection, with 2009 P.F. certificate

1,900
2,300
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250
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Sale 1253, Lot 250, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Carmine, Lincoln, Schermack Ty. I, Eight Holes (368). Bottom imprint, plate no. 4979 and small solid star block of six, original gum, few h.r., bright color, Very Fine and scarce plate block, each stamp with Mekeel backstamp, unlisted in Scott

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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251
og
Sale 1253, Lot 251, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Carmine, Lincoln, Schermack Ty. I, Eight Holes (368). Guide line strip of four, original gum, middle stamps hinged and outer stamps Mint N.H., brilliant color, Very Fine, with copy of 1979 P.F. certificate for a block of 16

1,000
550
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252
og
Sale 1253, Lot 252, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Carmine, Lincoln, Schermack Ty. I, Seven Holes (368). Pair with 3mm spacing, original gum, bright color, Extremely Fine, scarce, with 1995 P.S.E. certificate (co-signed Belasco), listed but unpriced as 3mm spacing pair, Scott value as 2mm pair

1,150
1,400
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253
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Sale 1253, Lot 253, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Carmine, Lincoln, Schermack Ty. I, Six Holes (368). Guide line pair, original gum, h.r. and with pencil notation on one, deep rich color, choice centering and margins

EXTREMELY FINE GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE RARE 1909 2-CENT LINCOLN WITH SCHERMACK TYPE I SIX-HOLE PERFORATIONS.

This is the only guide line pair of this issue we have offered since keeping computerized records 30 years ago.

With 1998 P.S.E. certificate (co-signed Belasco).

2,500
3,000
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254
ogbl
Sale 1253, Lot 254, The Schermack Company Type I Perforations2c Carmine, Lincoln, Schermack Ty. I, Six Holes (368). Left imprint and plate no. 4982 block of six with string of pressman's initials, original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, choice centering and margins

EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1909 2-CENT LINCOLN WITH SCHERMACK TYPE I SIX-HOLE PERFORATIONS. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.

The 1909 2c Lincoln is very scarce with Schermack Ty. I six or seven hole perforations. This is the only plate block with six or seven holes we have have offered since keeping computerized records 30 years ago. While obviously a request item, it is a remarkable showpiece.

With 1985 P.F. certificate. Unlisted in Scott.

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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