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J. Sloper and Co

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of 22 Budge Row, Cannon Street, London, EC4. Telephone: Paddington 2723

1813 Joseph Sloper was born.

1858 He designed and patented a perforating machine which could be used for cheque protecting. It utilised a roller with different projecting points so that it was possible to make different perforations in the cheques.

1868 Sloper patented a perforating machine for railway tickets.

1869 He described an advanced machine that could be used for dating railway tickets and the like - "...for perforating paper, etc. employing a stripper and embodying interchangeable heads, allowing choice of design..."

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of every kind of Machine for Perforating Paper, Cardboard, Cloth, Leather, Railway Tickets, Drawings, and for Dating, Marking, Numbering and Cancelling Cheques, Tourist Tickets, Labels, Cash Bills, etc. (Stand No. R.151) [1]

The firm was taken over in the 1990s.

  • Note: The original idea had been suggested by Sir Henry Bessemer in 1832. At the time, the world's first postage stamps were still 8 years away and hence the application was for the protection of the revenue stamps of the time.

J. Sloper and Co by Peter Lewin

Read J. Sloper and Co by Peter Lewin a personal essay of the memories of Peter Lewin, an engineer at J. Sloper and Co during the sixties.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] The Story of SPIFS and PERFIN
  • [2] The Perfin Society