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|The British Empire Exhibition was held at Wembley in Middlesex close to London during 1924 & 1925. The event was officially opened by King George V on 23rd April 1924. At this time the British Empire was made up of 58 countries and only Gibraltar and Gambia were not represented at the exhibition. The cost at the time of £12 million made sure this would be the largest ever exhibition staged anywhere in the world and over 27 million visitors attended while it was open.
Stamps commemorating the exhibition were issued for both 1924 and 1925. The stamps all featured similar designs to that shown here. The penny value was red and penny halfpenny value brown. The first day of issue for the 1924 stamps was 23 April 1924 - the day King George V opened the exhibition - and the 1925 printing was issued on 9 May 1925. Apart from envelopes posted by visitors many different letter cards, postcards and souvenirs were produced commemorating the exhibition. Collectors today tend to refer to the stamp sets as being either the "1924 Wembley" or "1925 Wembley" commemorative issues.
|Around 25 different special postmarks, many featuring the lion logo, were used during the exhibition in both years. The most commonly seen examples are those used on regular mail. The parcel handstamps, registered marks and specific exhibitor postal markings can be very scarce.|
First Day Covers for the stamps are very collectable and, depending on condition and postmarks, prices can easily exceed a £1,000 for the most desirable. The 1925 stamps on FDC are very much more valuable than the 1924 issue as many collectors at the time did not recognise the new 1925 stamp as a proper new issue meaning far fewer were serviced with FDI postmarks.
Collectors should note that the stamps were only sold at the exhibition which means examples bearing first day of issue postmarks from other parts of the UK away from the exhibition (or London) are extremely rare. A number of forgeries bearing Rhyl postmarks on the 1924 issue turned up in the 1970s so excercise caution.
Several postal stationery items - including pre-paid postcards, envelopes and letter cards - were produced for both years of the exhibition. While First Day of use cards are very collectable, the 1925 stationery items are far more valuable than the 1924.
The stamps for both years were recess printed by Waterlow & Sons. In 1924 the stamps were normally line or comb perforated whereas only comb perforated examples are found for the 1925 stamps.
New GB postage stamps still influenced by Arnold Machin
Years after his passing in 1999, Arnold Machin is still making a huge impact on British stamp design. Perhaps the most interesting use of his iconic Queen's head design is on the latest Post and Go stamps which many collectors believe will prove to be the start of a new generation of postage stamps where services and values are overprinted at the point of sale on pre-printed stamp designs.
It therefore seems fitting that the centenary of Arnold Machin's birth was the subject of Britain's first ever commemorative Post & Go stamps.
Printing The London 2012 Olympics Definitive Stamps
Squared Circle Postmarks
Did You Know?
Did you know: The Penny Black was issued on 6th May 1840 and is generally recognised as the first postage stamp in the world. A few stamps were released to the public on 1st May 1840 by mistake. Covers showing May 1840 use of the Penny Black are very valuable and those pre-dating 6th May are extremely valuable. Another stamp was issued two days later after the Penny Black called the Twopenny Blue. Value aside, it is a similar design to the Penny Black - but obviously coloured blue instead of black - and, although less famous than the 1d black, is actually rarer and more valuable.
Recent British Stamps & Philately Articles
Horse-Drawn Mail Coaches in Great Britain
The first mail-coach in Great Britain ran between London and Bristol commencing on August 2nd 1784. The service was the brainchild of a Mr John Palmer who owned a theatre in Bath. He petitioned the then Prime Minister, William Pitt, suggesting that stage coaches with armed guards could now carry mail on the country's improved roads. [...]
London 2015 Europhilex
During the 175th anniversary year of the first postage stamp London will be hosting this international stamp exhibition at the Business Design Centre in Islington from 13th to 16th May 2015. [...]
Two Different Christmas Design Postmarks Used November 1st
The run of special "one day only" postmarks marking the achievement of the 24 finalists in Royal Mail's Childerns Design a Stamp Competition is coming toward the end and, yesterday, Nottingham Mail Centre seemed to be playing catch up while elsewhere things apparently went as planned. [...]
MIDPEX 2013 Will Create New Post & Go Stamp Variety for Collectors
The 2013 Midpex exhibition is returning to the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre near Leamington on 6th July 2013 and looks set to be bigger and better than ever with more than 60 dealers and some 40 specialist societies planning to take part. For the first time a Royal Mail Post & Go machine will be available for use. [...]
A Modern Post & Go Rarity is Posted
Collectors of Post & Go stamps will already appreciate the rarity of the Birds 3 pictorials overprinted with the 40g Worldwide rate. This scarceness is due to most stocks being exhaused by the time of the software upgrade that made the 40g Worldwide rate available. [...]
New Premises for The British Postal Museum and Archive Receive Planning Consent
The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) has announced that their planning application for a new home at Calthorpe House, near Mount Pleasant sorting office in London, has been approved by the London Borough of Camden. Granting planning permission now means that the BPMA is another step forward toward realising the move of its unique collections to a new and accessible home. [...]
Royal Mail Highlights British Fashion Icons
A preview of the ten special first-class stamps celebrating Great Britain's Fashion icons due to be released by Royal Mail on 15th May 2012. [...]
Pictures and News from Spring Stampex
Spring Stampex at the Business Design Centre in London is now underway and running for four days until Saturday. Here's a few pictures and comments from the opening day. [...]
February Stamp Fair at Salisbury Cathedral
A stamp fair featuring 15 dealer stands has been organised for Friday 10th and Saturday 11th February 2012 within the grounds of Salisbury Catherdral. The event has been organised by the Machin Collectors Club in conjunction with the well know local stamp dealers, Dauwalders. [...]
Post and Go Stamps Wanted
Do you have any Royal Mail Post & Go Stamps you want to sell? Maybe you have a few sets from a more remote UK Post Office? Or maybe you simply have some used Post & Go stamps from your incoming mail? Whatever you have to offer I'm interested in hearing from you. [...]
Win a Portfolio of Stamps Worth £5000 Courtesy of Stanley Gibbons
The top UK stamp dealers and catalogue publishers, Stanley Gibbons, are offering people the chance to win a pre-built rare stamp investment portfolio worth £5,000. [...]
New Stamp Club to Encourage Stamp Trading and Collecting
It's a pleasure to be able to report the launch of a new stamp club, the Ripley Stamp Club, in Woking, Surrey. Plans are to follow a "philatelic fair" format at meetings with no formal membership structure. Visitors will be encouraged to buy and sell their stamps during meetings and, if they wish, take part in discussions and displays. [...]
England Cricket Teams No 1 Status Marked By Bletchley Park Post Office Cover
A limited edition commemorative cover has been issued by Bletchley Park post Office to commemorate England becoming the Number 1 cricketing nation following their remarkable whitewash of India this summer. [...]
The Postal Service Before the Penny Post and GB Stamps
Before postage stamps were issued in Great Britain there was, in fact, a well established and effective British postal system. The biggest difference was the recipient usually paid for any mail delivered rather than the sender. [...]
What Are The Top Stamp Collecting Searches On eBay?
If you are looking to sell stamps, first day covers or postal history items on eBay then a little research of the most popular search terms could prove profitable. [...]
The Great Britain 1840 Penny Blue Postage Stamp - Fact or Fiction?
It is obviously a matter of record that a Penny Blue stamp was never issued in Britain during the 1840s so why do we sometimes hear references to such a stamp? [...]
GB Local Stamps From Lundy Island
Lundy Island is located about 12 miles off the Devon coast in the Bristol Channel and, since 1929, has issued it's own stamps to cover the cost of carrying mail to the mainland before joining the regular British postal service. [...]
How Much Longer Will Royal Mail SmartStamp Survive?
Royal Mail launched the 'SmartStamp' on January 15th 2004 which enabled small businesses and home users to print postage directly on envelopes and account for payment online. [...]
Queen Victoria Line Engraved GB Stamps 1840-1879
The earliest postage stamps issued in Great Britain used the Line Engraved printing process. Large print plates were engraved by skilled engravers. The printing process meant ink was applied on the plate with the excess wiped off before a paper sheet was pressed on to it so that impressions of the recessed, inked parts of the plate were transferred on to the paper.
For the line engraved stamps without plate numbers incorporated in to their designs it is only possible to distinguish between print plates used by studying the detailed variations of engraving, designs, repairs made and the alphabets used for corner lettering etc. This skilled aspect of philately has been made much easier for us today becuase of the many fine specialist reference books and catalogues published since victorian times.
Good quality Line Engraved stamps are always in demand. Take a look at the live online auctions for Line Engraved stamps ending shortly.
British Stamp & Philately Sites From Our Directory
GB Philately News Website
GB philately website which aggregates GB stamp and philatelic news from a variety of stamp collecting and information sources.
Royal Mail Stamps Featuring Living People
Interesting article PDF file by Peter Jennings highlighting the current shambles of this once rigid Royal Mail policy.
GB Stamp Calendar 2013
Check the schedule of new GB special stamp and Post & Go faststamp issues during 2013.
Philatelic blog for all things philatelic, with a focus on the classics of the British Empire and Commonwealth
I am so passionate about the postal system that I set up the website Positively Postal...
Index of GB Machin Definitive Issues at Wikipedia
A simplified listing of the iconic Arnold Machin designed definitive issues in use in Britain since 1967.
Collect Indian Stamps
Every Indian Stamp has a story to narrate.The rich cultural heritage of India is brought alive through stamps.Stamp collect is no more just a hobby it's an educational avocation.This dedicated site on indian philately will keep you up to date with latest
The place to discuss the definitive stamp. Internet forum focused on the iconic QEII Definitive stamps featuring Arnold Machin's portrait of the Queen.
Bath Postal Museum Website
Bath Postal Museum is located at 27 Northgate Street (on the corner of Green Street) Bath, BA1 1AJ
Great Britain section of the Stamp Collecting Blog
Extensive philatelic blog. This directory entry leads to the GB section.
The Competitions at Stampex are held under the auspices of the Association of British Philatelic Societies.
Adrian runs this interesting blog on all things philatelic from around the world.
Centenary of the First UK Aerial Post
We wrote some time ago about the first UK Aerial Post in 1911 and how the centenary of the event was approaching. As expected the Royal Mail marked the centenary on 9th September 2011 with a special stamp issue featuring photos of the event and a miniature sheet shown above which is styled on the publicity posters which were used to advertise the original event.
|BRITISH PHILATELIC POSTMARK OF THE DAY: LIVERPOOL|
|The featured GB philatelic postmark for Tuesday Mar 11 2014 is from Liverpool.
Collectors can get this special postmark applied by sending the stamped (minimum 1st Class rate) addressed envelope(s) to:
Northern England Special Handstamp Centre
South Shields D.O.
SOUTH SHIELDS NE33 1AA
You can ask for any date (including public holidays) to be applied to your covers provided you send them to arrive on or before that date. It is advised you send a suitable return envelope also if you want the covers sent back protected rather than individually through the regular mail service.
|We feature a different UK philatelic postmark every day so check back again|
Recent GB Commemorative Stamp Issue
This set of stamps depicts the traditions and development of Royal Navy Uniforms over more than two centuries. Issue date: 17th September 2009. Find out more at the Royal Mail website.
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