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Dambrovski
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24 Feb 2015
08:23:27am

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I found these in a big bag of kiloware. They are obviously for test printing but by whom? Has anyone seen anything like these before?Image Not Found

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Charlie2009
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24 Feb 2015
08:52:30am
re: Does anyone know anything about these?

They were used by the English Post Office to test the franking alignment on their machines and also for teaching purposes.

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nigelc
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25 Feb 2015
07:37:10am
re: Does anyone know anything about these?

In the UK these are often called "poached eggs"! Happy

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Charlie2009
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25 Feb 2015
07:46:10am
re: Does anyone know anything about these?

The poached eggs would be the green ones without writing.

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nigelc
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25 Feb 2015
10:58:32am
re: Does anyone know anything about these?


True but I've often heard these called this too.

I don't like to think of green poached eggs!



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25 Feb 2015
12:39:27pm
re: Does anyone know anything about these?

Nigel, what? You don't like green eggs and ham?

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27 Feb 2015
01:22:29am
re: Does anyone know anything about these?

Coincidentally, I was working on Great Britain tonight, and I found two of these test stamps. One was unwatermarked, and the other was watermarked #322 (Scott). The unwatermarked version was printed in a lighter gray color than the other. So, there are at least two version of this test stamp, and my guess would be that there are probably more than that.

They were from a dealer stock that's been sitting around here for several years. The watermarked version had a price of $1.00. There was no price on the other.

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28 Feb 2015
02:12:14pm
re: Does anyone know anything about these?

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"One was unwatermarked, and the other was watermarked #322 (Scott). The unwatermarked version was printed in a lighter gray color than the other."



Any guesses why?

Training inspectors to root out fraudulent stamps???

Michael, did you know (in advance of testing) they may have been watermarked or not?

That's awesome

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28 Feb 2015
03:59:44pm
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I don't know much about these. I was just happening to work on Great Britain, and there were two glassines in the stack that had one of each. Each glassine had notations about watermark, or not, and the price on the one. I knew they were test stamps and their nickname, and use, but that's it. I couldn't tell you if there are more varieties of this or not.

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nl1947
01 Mar 2015
08:50:48pm
re: Does anyone know anything about these?

If these are test or "dummy" stamps, they have quite a following

http://www.usstamps.org/dssg.html

http://www.stampprinters.info/dummystamps.htm

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