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Dollis Hill Trials

In the 1950’s the postal system was radicalised by the Dollis Hill Trials into phosphor ink, which has the purpose of improving how postage was sorted. The Dollis Hill Trials where tested on Wilding Stamps and in turn revolutionised the design of the sorting of all future mail.

Maybe you are a collector of Wildings and would like to know more about why the Wildings with Multiple Crowns are available with different coloured varieties of phosphor ink? Perhaps you are intrigued with stamps and would like to know more about their history and the development of the stamps we use today? Well this YouTube Video will be an ideal watch as it is very informative and offers interesting facts about both the Trails and the Dollis Hill Building. For example, the experimentation of phosphor or the Dollis Hill building’s role in winning the second world war.

Not only is this YouTube Video brilliant for creating an informative picture of the Dollis Hill Trials, it is also a useful tool for collecting Wilding Postage Stamps as it gives examples of what Phosphor on a Wilding might look like. However, if you would like more information about Wildings and Phosphor we recommend you check out the Wildings video that is available on our YouTube channel.

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Surface Printed Stamps

Surface printing is a term that stamp collectors need to understand. Surface printed stamps have certain features which distinguish them from modern day postage. The first stamps that were issued in Great Britain in using this method of printing was in 1855.

Surface printed stamps are both beautiful and highly sought after. This means that they can be expensive, however it is possible to create an affordable collection which will not entail you taking out a mortgage. If you are not an expert in a certain issue of stamps it can sometimes be hard to distinguish between varieties which make the stamp more valuable, and those which are commonly less valuable. However, this YouTube Video provides information on how to tell the difference. For example, it points out that a 4d is more valuable if in mint condition and printed on white paper.

This YouTube video is also informative as it explains why some of these stamps are some the rarest in the world. But, perhaps you already know this as you are great admirer of those which are surface printed; and therefore, you would simply appreciate looking mint examples of these stunning stamps. For example, the Plate 2 10d, which is so rare that there are only two of known existence in private hands. If this is the case we then this YouTube Video will be one that you enjoy!

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2b Bisects

If you did not already know Bisects are a rare anomaly in postal history, as they are stamps which have been cut up as in order to spread the cost of the stamp over more than one piece of postage. A fantastic and rare version of this irregularity is the 1840 2d Bisect. This YouTube Video is very informative and highly interesting as it discusses why this might have happened as gives beautiful examples of the only three of the few known in existence.

One of these illustrations photographed in this video has been described as one of the rarest stamps in Great Britain. So, if you are interested in learning about these fascinating stamps? Or perhaps you have heard of the famous pair of 2d stamps we are referring to and would love to see them for yourself? Then I suggest you watch this YouTube Video as it will not disappoint!

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Dorothy Wilding and Queen Elizabeth II: Wildings

The Wildings were a series of definitive postage stamps. They are illustrated with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II which was photographed by Dorothy Wilding, hence the name Wildings. Maybe you are a collector of these stamps and want to know more? Perhaps you would like to start collecting Wildings? Or it could be that you are simply starting a stamp collecting hobby and browsing where to start? Well, if so wildings are fantastic stamps to collect as they have many varieties, some which are listed and some which are not. That’s what makes these definitive postage stamps so fun to collect.

Another excellent feature of being a collector of Wildings, is you can use various budgets to put one together. This means that if you are only just entering the philatelic world of collecting that you can create a great collection which is affordable to build. this YouTube Video is a useful tool for understanding the many varieties which can be found on Wilding Postage stamps. For instance, it illustrates how to decipher between different watermarks. It identifies the distinct types of phosphor or graphite lines which can be spotted on certain wildings. It also explains why there are these differences.

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Queen Victoria: High Values

The Queen Victoria High values were first issued in 1867 and is both beautiful and in mint condition are rare. Are you interested in buying a High Value? Perhaps you are a collector? Or you have acquired a High Value and would like to know more? Maybe, you are just interested in seeing some fantastic examples of this stamp? After all it is absolutely stunning! Well to find out more about the Queen Victoria High Value please check out this YouTube Video.

This YouTube Video has lots interesting facts about the High Values but also can be a useful tool for collecting these prestige stamps. For example, it offers a guide to different varieties which are available in these stamps. Such as, different coloured papers.

Is it that you are just interested in finding out more about the High Value? Well, this YouTube Video also provides information about this stamp. For example, its purpose. Or maybe it is the case that you are a collector and would like to admire high quality photos of two of the rarest and most valuable stamps in the world: The One Pound High value with the Anchor watermark, on both blue and white paper. If that is the case this YouTube Video will be an interesting watch!

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A history of Line Engraved Stamps of Britain

Line engraved is a term that stamp collectors need to understand. Line engraved stamps have certain features which distinguish them from modern day postage. The first six stamps issued in Great Britain were printed using this method.

Line engraved stamps are both beautiful and highly sought after. This means that they can be expensive, however it is possible to create an affordable collection which will not entail you taking out a mortgage. This said, starting a collection can be quite daunting. However, the great thing about this YouTube Video is it also gives tips on how you might go about collecting line engraved stamps giving examples. For instance, you might collect stamps with the same initials or with initials which match your name. It also discusses the varieties that you might come across when building your collection and gives you valuable tips when deciding which stamps to buy, such as checking the stamps condition.

Maybe you are not starting a collection but are simply interested in this intriguing method of printing. Well, this YouTube Video also explains the process of line engraving, where It originated from and the differences between modern day printing of stamps and line engraved printing. Or perhaps it’s the case that you would like to see some world rarities? Well this YouTube Video delivers!

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A brief history of Mulready

Here we discuss a few examples of uprated Mulreadys, a beautiful piece of stamp history.

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Postal Stationary, a brief history of what you need to know

Knowledge is perhaps the greatest asset to a stamp collector. This YouTube Video informs you about the origins of this remarkable style of pre-paid postage. Postal Stationary has been around for as long as the first stamp issued (The Penny Black) and is still being used today. Perhaps you are interested in learning about this form of postage, well this YouTube Video will be an interesting watch as it informs you about its history.

For example, it illustrates and discusses entries into the treasury competition in 1837, whereby applicants designed prototypes of this style of postage. However, to find out more about these entries please check out our YouTube Video on the Treasury Essays. It also discusses different postal stationary such as the famous Mulready and why it developed over time.

Maybe you are already knowledgeable in postal stationary and would just like to admire some fantastic examples such as mint Penny Pinks or the Mulready? Well this YouTube Video will be a interesting watch for you. We also recommend that you click on this link and then subscribe to our channel. We have many videos which can help you along with your stamp collecting hobby, give valuable information on a variety of different stamps and are interesting to watch. As with all our YouTube Videos the items shown are either currently in stock or have been sold by Mark Bloxham Stamps Ltd.

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Treasury Essays, a history of early stamps

Knowledge is perhaps a stamp collectors greatest tool. In 1839, prior to the first stamp (the penny black) being issued, the treasury decided to hold an open competition to design the first pre-paid postage. What is fantastic about the Treasury Essays is that they created the foundations of what would be the famous Penny Black. Even more remarkable is that they were also the basis, for not only stamps, but also postal stationary such as Penny Pinks and the famous Mulready. However, for more information on postal stationary or the Mulready please check out these videos on our YouTube channel.
Maybe you are interested in stamps and their history and so would like to learn more about their heritage? Well this YouTube Video will inform you on how the Treasury Essays contributed to the stamp we use today.

Perhaps you know of the essays and would love to see examples of these stunning and intriguing items? In that case, this YouTube Video will not disappoint as it shows actual entries to the competition. In addition, they are spectacular to look at as they are in mint condition and some are even detailed with instructions; or demonstrations of how they would be used.

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How to start a stamp collection

Perhaps you have seen a stamp from Bloxham Stamps and want to know more information on how to start your own collection? Well to find out information about Stamps and Stamp Collecting please check out this YouTube Video.

Collecting stamps can be very rewarding and lots of fun. This YouTube Video has interesting facts and tips to help you with your hobby. For example, it shows you how to differentiate between a tired stamp and a mint stamp, which can make a large difference in price. It also gives you examples of misprints and information on how to spot one. There is also information available on how to contact us to value a stamp or Stamp Collection.  

Maybe you are already a stamp collector and are interested in finding out information on a particular type of stamp, for instance Wildings or Penny Blacks? Or perhaps you would just like to look at, and admire, some of the rarest and finest items in existence? If that is the case then please click on this link and then subscribe to our YouTube Channel. We have many videos which can help you along with your hobby and are interesting to watch. As with all our Videos the items shown are either currently in stock or have been sold by Mark Bloxham Stamps Ltd.

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