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Collect British Stamps: British Design Classics

GB Stamps featuring British Design Classics The 2009 British Design Classics Stamp Set was issued on January 13 2009. Ten different stamp designs make up the set which are all valid for standard first class letter rate by being inscribed "1st" (no value indicator) rather than displaying a currency value.

Many of the stamp designs will appeal to thematic collectors in addition to regular stamp enthusiasts. The iconic shape of the RJ Mitchell designed World War 2 Spitfire fighter aircraft, the sixties chic fashions captured by the Mary Quant mini skirt and even a Penguin Book jacket, anglepoise lamp and a Polypropylene chair are featured.

Collectors of Concorde memorabilia will be pleased to see the supersonic airliner included but the stamp the Royal Mail say "remains close to millions of peoples hearts" is the ever popular car simply known to everyone as "The Mini". It was 1959 when the first Mini emerged from the British Motor Corporation plants at Longbridge in Birmingham and Cowley in Oxford. Few people will forget the starring part played by the Mini alongside Maichael Caine in the original Italian Job movie.
In addition to the block of ten stamps an illustrated Prestige Stamp Booklet has been produced featuring write ups by design writer Jim Davies. The booklet features four panes as follows:

1) Machin definitives - four 16p and four 50p - surrounding a label featuring the crown of a Gilbert Scott Phone Box.
2) Four stamps made up with two Routermaster bus stamps, one Spitfire and one Mini stamp.
3) A pane of six stamps including the London Underground Map, K2 Telephone Kiosk, Penguin Books, Anglepoise Lamp, Polypropylene Chair and Mini Skirt stamp.
4) A pane of four stamps including two each of the Concorde stamp from this Issue plus two of the Concorde stamps from the 2002 Airliners Issue.

New GB postage stamps still influenced by Arnold Machin

Arnold Machin Centenary Stamps

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:  Thematic philately, also referred to as topical philately, is the study of the pictures and subjects depicted on postage stamps. There are numerous very popular subjects including birds, football, insects, flowers etc. As with other forms of philately stamps displaying design errors are much in demand. While thematic stamp collecting has been more popular in the US and Europe, it is now gathering pace in the UK and GB stamps already cover many of the most popular topics.

Recent British Stamps & Philately Articles

The Fascinating Local Stamps of Herm in The Channel Islands
The island of Herm in the Channel Islands has a postal history stretching back to May 1st 1925 when the GPO established a sub post office on the island. Although the sub post office only opened for thirty minutes a day it was eventually considered unsustainable on cost grounds and the decision was taken to close it permanently on November 30th 1938. Examples of the datestamp used at the Herm Sub-Post Office are now a postmark rarity and worth looking out for. But this was just the start of the story for the philately of Herm... [...]

Postal History Hunt for Stow Maries Aerodrome
The recent identification of the lost Royal Flying Corps training airfield at Stow Maries in Essex has led to the refurbishment of buildings and preservation of the site thanks to a National Heritage Memorial Fund grant . Now the challenge for a few specialist aerophilately collectors is to find some postal history for the airfield. [...]

Temporary Closure of British Postal Museum & Archive Search Room
The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) Search Room will be temporarily closed between 14th and 25th May 2012 inclusive to allow staff to carry out stocktaking. [...]

New Royal Mail Stamps Feature Scottish Trains
Thursday 8th March marked the first day of issue for the latest set of special stamps from Royal Mail featuring classic Scottish locomotives. Apart from regular GB stamp collectors, this issue is likely to prove a sure fire hit with worldwide railway thematic collectors. [...]

Tearfund to Benefit from Stanley Gibbons First 2012 Public Auction
A fine collection of Great Britain stamps and covers from the reign of King George V will be sold By Stanley Gibbons on behalf of the "Tearfund" charity during their first 2012 public auction, sale number 5865, being held at 399 Strand, London on Thursday 22nd March. The proceeds of the collection being sold as 310 individual lots are being donated to the "Tearfund" charity. [...]

Glasgow Stamp Shop Under New Ownership
The Glasgow Stamp Shop business - originally being one of Britain's oldest stamp shops established in 1908 - is now under the ownership of Gordon Carroll who has himself been a philatelic trader for more than 40 years. [...]

London 2012 Olympics - Royal Mail to Issue Special Stamps for Every TeamGB Gold Medal
Royal Mail has announced that special commemorative stamps will be issued to mark every British individual and team gold medal success at the London 2012 Olympics. [...]

NPS Seminar on How to Publish a Philatelic Society Journal
On October 13th 2010 two experts on writing and publishing for the philatelic press will take centre stage during a seminar for the National Philatelic Society titled  "How to Publish a Society Journal". [...]

Latest Jersey Post Issue Features A Glow In The Dark Stamp
Jersey Post has issued a glow in the dark stamp on Febryary 9th 2010 as part of a set of stamps featuring children's books. [...]

The Nineteen Final GB TPO Postmarks In Use January 8th & 9th 2004
The final ever runnings of Royal Mail Travelling Post Offices took place on the night of January 8th/9th 2004. In all there were nineteen possible TPO postmarks to collect for those runs and here we provide illustrations of them all. [...]

How to Value a Postmark Error?
Collecting postmark errors is just one of the many possible variations of postmark or postal history collecting yet, unlike stamps or regular postmarks, it can prove extremely difficult - if not impossible - to reference reliable valuations for such items. [...]

The 1840 Penny Black - The Worlds Oldest Postage Stamp

The Penny Black was produced in sheets of 240 employing the Line Engraved print process. The plates used for 1d blacks were numbered 1a, 1b and then plates 2 through to 11. Skilled collectors can benefit from a knowledge of the identification characteristics of scarcer plate printings before scanning the online auctions. Plate 11, for example, had a very short period of use meaning a 1d Black from that plate is many times more valuable than the equivalent stamps printed using the more common plates.

Take a look at the live online penny black auctions ending soon.

British Stamp & Philately Sites From Our Directory

Tractors on Stamps and Philatelic Covers
A page dedicated to collectors of farm tractors on stamps and covers.

Royal Mail Stamps Featuring Living People
Interesting article PDF file by Peter Jennings highlighting the current shambles of this once rigid Royal Mail policy.

Global Philately
Philatelic blog for all things philatelic, with a focus on the classics of the British Empire and Commonwealth

UK Aerophilately website for airmails, first flights, Concorde covers and many other flown covers etc.

Positively Postal
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

Machin Forum
The place to discuss the definitive stamp. Internet forum focused on the iconic QEII Definitive stamps featuring Arnold Machin's portrait of the Queen.

Footyphila Plus
Sports philately with an emphasis on football (soccer).

Stampex Website
The Competitions at Stampex are held under the auspices of the Association of British Philatelic Societies.

AK Philately
Adrian runs this interesting blog on all things philatelic from around the world.

The Whitehaven to Huddersfield TPO
Derwent Railway Society web page about West Cumberland's last Travelling Post Office (TPO)

GB First Day Covers
Search among thousands of British First Day Covers at

Centenary of the First UK Aerial Post

First UK Aerial Post Centenary

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.

Norwich philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Friday Aug 18 2017 is from Norwich.

Collectors can get this special postmark applied by sending the stamped (minimum 1st Class rate) addressed envelope(s) to:

London Special Handstamp Centre
Royal Mail
Mount Pleasant
Farringdon Road

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

Royal Navy Uniforms GB Stamp Set issued 17th September 2009

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.

January 2010: British Design Classics: Classic Album Covers....

GB Stamp Collecting & British Philatelic Publication News

The Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Concise Catalogue offers comprehensive details and prices for every British stamp issued since 1840. The stamp designs are illustrated in colour and catalogue listings include detailed watermark information, perforation details, colour shades, paper types (including phosphor bands) etc.

The catalogue also lists and prices First Day Covers (FDC), PHQ Postcards, official presentation packs, stamp booklets, postage due stamps, regional stamp issues, official stamps, postally valid fiscal stamps and the Royal Mail labels (Smilers). Order from Stanley Gibbons or see if one is available cheaper by online auction.

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