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Collecting Stamps: The 1924/25 Empire Exhibition Stamps

GB Stamps for the 1924 and 1925 British Empire Exhibition at Wembley The British Empire Exhibition, held at Wembley in Middlesex close to London during 1924 & 1925, was officially opened by King George V on 23rd April 1924. At the time the British Empire consisted of 58 countries and only Gibraltar and Gambia were not represented. At a cost at the time of £12 million this was 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


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:  The branch of philately called "postal history" focuses on the actual use made of postage stamps on mail. Postal History includes the study of postmarks, actual post offices, the postal authorities, various postage rates and regulations and the physical processes used to transport mail to recipients. Many postal historians will specialise in areas such as maritime mail and paquebot covers, wartime mail, railway mail or even the postal markings associated with a particular town.

Recent British Stamps & Philately Articles



The Beginning and End of GB Postage Due Stamps Could Be an Opportunity
Postage Due stamps are perhaps the most forgotten stamps in British philately. Whether this is because of the restricted design choice, their intended use or their frequent placement seperately at the back end of catalogues, it's the overlooked stamps today which can often turn out to be the right ones to collect for the future. [...]

New Post & Go Stamps To Mark 60th Anniversary of Queen's Coronation
Just in case your wallet still has a little cash in it, Royal Mail is again offering new commemorative Post & Go stamps during Spring Stampex this year. [...]

Post and Go Stamps - Get a Starter Collection at a Bargain Price
Four starter collections that include every Post & Go pictorial and commemorative set issued so far were listed on eBay today for just £36.95. The collection includes the retail packs for all four Birds issues, the recent Sheep issue plus the Arnold Machin Centenary and Diamond Jubilee commemorative sets of six values as issued at Stampex. [...]

The Top Unusual UK Delivery Locations for Royal Mail
Taking in locations from the Scilly Isles off the tip of Cornwall, Unst in the Shetland Islands and Lindisfarne between them, here are the most unusual delivery routes and longest UK journey undertaken by Royal Mail... [...]

Royal Mail Group Employees Achieve Charitable World Record
The workforce of Royal Mail Group have today become holders of a Guinness World Record title as Royal Mail Group was awarded the record for the most registered charities supported by a Payroll Giving Scheme. [...]

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. [...]

Unissued Royal Mail World Cup Stamp Design Surfaces
Just days prior to the 2010 World Cup kicking off, designs proposed for a Royal Mail postage stamp to be issued if England won the 1970 World Cup were discovered by archivists of The British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA) in London. [...]

Index List of Early English Post Office Numbers And Their Associated Locations
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, numeral postmarks employed a number (or sometimes a combination of letters and a number) to indicate the location of postage stamp cancellation. This article consists of a very long list, indexed in PO number order and followed by the alphanumerics, to help collectors and philatelists identify the cities, towns or villages in England where their stamps were originally posted. [...]

Chinese Fake Stamps Scam Confirmed By Stanley Gibbons
It is never nice to feel the need to point fingers at one particular country but I have to wonder what percentage of online scams are being hatched in China? As a webmaster I know the proportion of bots and hacking attempts that involve chinese internet addresses is high and it seems an equally big number of online shopping scams also involve a China connection. [...]

Scottish Heraldry Featured on 1987 GB Postage Stamp Issue
Issued on the 21st of July 1987, a set of four Royal Mail Stamps featured various heraldic arms from Scotland to mark the 300th anniversary of the revival of the Most Ancient Order and Most Noble Order of the Thistle. [...]

Great Britain Classic Locomotives Stamp Issue of 2004
Railway trains are an ever popular thematic stamp subject worldwide and this superb Royal Mail issue of six postage stamps featured some of the UK's finest preserved steam locomotive trains based on photographs by John Wildgoose has proved no exception. [...]




Queen Victoria Surface Printed GB Stamps 1855-1900

The process known as Surface Printing is basically the opposite of the Line Engraved technique employed for the first GB stamp issues. The recessed parts of the printing plate transferred no ink or a reduced amount of ink depending on their depth. The Surface Printed issues of Queen Victoria are widely collected and extremely popular. It is a huge area to study and collect as, apart from the wide variety of designs, values and colours, many of the stamps had different plate numbers incorporated in their designs.

Inexperienced collectors are often unaware of the true scarcity of genuinely fine used stamps from this period. At the time regulations said all stamps should be literally obliterated to avoid fraudulent reuse. As a result the cancels in use for much of the period are nicknamed "killers" because of the heavy bar patterns transferred on to stamps. Therefore stamps described and sold as "fine used" are not as "fine" as normally demanded for later issues when the Circular Date Stamp entered more common use. CDS or lightly cancelled surface printed stamps can therefore command a surprising price premium.

Take a look at the live online QV Surface Printed stamp auctions ending soon.



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.

GB Stamp Calendar 2013
Check the schedule of new GB special stamp and Post & Go faststamp issues during 2013.

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

Aerophilately
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.

Bath Postal Museum Website
Bath Postal Museum is located at 27 Northgate Street (on the corner of Green Street) Bath, BA1 1AJ

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

Great Britain section of the Stamp Collecting Blog
Extensive philatelic blog. This directory entry leads to the GB section.

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.


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.

BRITISH PHILATELIC POSTMARK OF THE DAY: CAMBRIDGE
Cambridge philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Saturday Jul 26 2014 is from Cambridge.

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
LONDON EC1A 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

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 British Philatelic Bulletin is published every two weeks or so by the Royal Mail. The publication contains various articles together with details of current and future stamp issues. Available by subscription from the Royal Mail Website at a current cost of £12.95 in the UK and Europe or £17.95 for subscribers outside of Europe.



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