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What did George V refer to as a mixed grill?

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King George V was a philatelist, one who admires and collects stamps, and the mixed grill is a type of U.S. stamp highly treasured by collectors. Stamps were grilled to discourage reuse or counterfeiting.

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Sheets of stamps would be passed through a mechanical device that would make a small waffle-shaped impression in the middle of each stamp. This process was designed by Charles F. Steel and went into production in 1867. The grill would actually break the stamp paper���s fibers just enough so that, when canceled, the grill would create a blotter-like effect and absorb the ink, making it nearly impossible to soak out later.

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