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The five-cent 1847 stamp was made imperforate, that is, without perforations. They are on thin bluish wove paper. There is a range of shades, thickness and texture of the stamp paper.The gum is yellow, thin, and crackled. An apprentice engraver or printer applied it. They gummed the sheets of newly printed stamps and hung them up overnight, like laundry, to dry! The stamp appears drab, disappointing the neophyte stamp collector. Margins are tiny, as the stamps were plated close together. Faults are common among surviving stamps. These include corner creases, pinholes, minor defects, and repairs that have accumulated on most stamps after over a century and a half of time.