Gutter (philately)

A Gutter, similar to typography, is the space in between printed postage stamps. When stamps are printed on large sheets of paper that will be guillotined into smaller sheets along the gutter it will not exist on the finished sheet of stamps. Some sheets are specifically designed where two panes of stamps are separated by a gutter still in the finished sheet and gutters may, or may not, have some printing in the gutter.

A number of different gutter based configurations exist:

Gutter pairs are two stamps separated by a gutter.

Gutter block is a block of at least four stamps where either the vertical or horizontal pairs, or both, are separated by a gutter. [ [http://www.mysticstamp.com/content.asp?contentID=10 Mystic Stamp: Stamp Collecting Questions and Answers] (retrieved 22 March 2007)]

Since perforation of stamps in the norm, the gutter between stamps are often the same size as a postage stamp.

References

ee also

External links

* [http://www.queensac.com/gutter.html Chess Gutter Pairs and Blocks] printer gutters
* [http://www.1847usa.com/identify/YearSets/Farleys/FarleysFollies.htm Farley's Follies]
* [http://www.arago.si.edu/index.asp?con=11&cmd=1&id=148045&
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