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Reversed E

User: E F Houghton Co


Address: Kensington, Philadelphia USA

Revenue Use:

1918 issue 1c on ½d, 2c on 1d, 3c on 2d, 4c on 3d, 5c on 4d

1923 issue ½d, 3d

Rarity Scale:


1918 issue 1c on ½d R4, 2c on 1d R4, 3c on 2d R4, 4c on 3d R4, 5c on 4d R4


1923 issue ½d R4, 3d R4


Background: *In 1865, two brothers E. F. Houghton and Dr. Charles Houghton started a new business, experimenting with petroleum, just six years after oil was discovered in western Pennsylvania.

In 1870 A. E. Carpenter invested in and joined the company which was at that time trialing petroleum lubricants. Their first product was called “Cosmoline”, a forerunner of the present "Vaseline," which was soon followed by “Cosmic Counter Corrodent”, a rust preventive.

During the 1880’s the company’s products were used in conjunction with the growing use of commercial alloy steels, and other aspects of metalworking. This proved fortuitous as the end of the 19th century saw the US embark on a period of increased industrialization with cars, trains and manufacturing all growing and demanding the products that Houghton’s could produce.

In the later parts of the 19th century E. F. Houghton & Co. continued to grow with products in the Industrial and the Pharmaceutical markets. At this time the company moved to larger premises in Kensington in north Philadelphia.

In 1910 the company incorporated as E. F. Houghton & Co. and during the 20th century the company continued to expand into many industrial products including lubricants, chemicals, oils and metal working. At the same time the company expanded into an international company, building production facilities in many parts of the world.

By 1992 the company’s expansion into a global enterprise was recognised when E. F. Houghton & Co. adopted the new name, Houghton International Inc.

As of 2014 the company has a presence in over 50 countries around the world.

Device: The EFH.a device is a multi die device of at least 2 dies in a horizontal array. It is most likely that the device has 3 or more dies.

The device is listed in "The Catalog of United States Perfins" in the E section as E 172 and is stated to have been in use between 1902 and 1954.

Related Patterns: Nil



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