CENTENARY: Sir Henry Bessemer


Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Bessemer, who invented cheap steel, which added more wealth to the world than any invention since the steam engine. The New York Times has in a fitting tribute.

Not to be overlooked, however, is the role both Sir Bessemer and his wife played in bringing into the world the perforated stamp, a matter recently discussed by an acquaintance of theirs in a letter to a New Zealand newspaper.

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