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Collect GB 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:  Philately is the actual study of stamps & items related to them but stamp collecting does not itself involve the study of stamps only building a collection. It is therefore possible to be a philatelist despite never owning stamps. For instance a phlatelist may study the stamps at an exhibition, in a museum, online or in books.

Recent British Stamps & Philately Articles

Do Stamps or Stamp Collectors Have Any Future in the Digital World?
Back in the July issue of Stamp & Coin Mart Tim Clegg wrote a good opinion column advocating, if not wholesale changes, the need for some significant relaxation in the rigidity of our hobby's organisation. His primary concern is trying to rejuvenate the hobby in order to spark enthusiasm among youngsters. [...]

Prince George Christening Postmarks
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had their son, Prince George, christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a private ceremony at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace on Wednesday 23rd October. [...]

Planning App for Underground Railway Preservation Submitted by BPMA
A planning application has been submitted by the British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) to develop a section of the now disused Post Office Underground Railway known by many as "Mail Rail". [...]

Collect British Postmarks? It's Easier Getting Half Price Postage!
As I sorted through my incoming mail today I found myself asking why Royal Mail finds it so hard to reliably postmark mail as it travels through the commercial network. Of nine letters I received bearing stamps from various parts of the UK three were unfranked completely and the rest had blurred, unreadable or largely incomplete markings and I could only read the date on one envelope. [...]

Reports About The Death of Philately are Somewhat Premature
An interesting article has been published by FT which investigates why returns from traditional assets, such as equities and property, continue to fall, while the appeal of collectables like wine, coins, stamps and artwork keeps growing. [...]

New Childrens Stamp Collecting Start Up Kits
Updated designs and revised contents are features of the new stamp collection starter kits aimed at children by Stanley Gibbons who rate them as a great educational opportunity. [...]

Philatelic Publications: Railways of West Wales by Chris Whitehead
A well illustrated philatelic history covering the period of 1854 to 1958 and includes postmarks, photos and the railway letter stamps with particular reference to the Llandyssil railway post office. [...]

Royal Mail Security Slits are a GB Stamp Collecting Nightmare
A Canadian article published today focuses on the new security measures being employed by the Royal Mail to hinder attempts of fraudulent reuse or resale of uncancelled stamps. [...]

London 2010: Festival of Stamps to Also Feature Exhibitions & Events Around the UK
London 2010: Festival of Stamps is being billed as "a year-long programme to mark the centenary of the accession of George V - the philatelist king - and in celebration of stamps, stamp design and postal heritage". So what's in store for us? [...]

The GB Travelling Post Offices - TPO Services
Mail was carried by train as early as 1830 in the UK but it was in 1838 that the actual sorting of mail began on board while the train was in transit and the Travelling Post Office service, or TPO as we know it, begun. [...]

Stamp Collecting Gives Kids a Sense of Values and Much More
Over the years I've heard many premature reports of the stamp collecting hobby's death but I do believe it's more difficult to attract youngsters to stamps now given all the other media driven attention grabbers around. [...]

The First UK Aerial Post Service Between Hendon and Windsor
The first ever recorded mail carrying flight took place in Allahabad, India during February 1911. It was organised by Captain Walter S. Windham RN and, during September the same year, he also set up the first UK aerial post service which was also the first ever official scheduled air carriage of mail. [...]

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

Elite Stamps
US based online stamp auctions website that aims to highlight the cream of rare stamps and philatelic auctions from around the world.

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

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

British Post & Go Stamps
Trace where any GB Post and Go stamp was issued from.

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

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.

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)

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.

Bristol philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Wednesday Apr 25 2018 is from Bristol.

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

Wales & The West Special Handstamp Centre
Royal Mail
220-228 Penarth 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

GB Stamp Set Creates an A-Z of the UK

The Royal Mail has now finished what they announced as "a dramatic 26-stamp, alphabetical odyssey around the UK" featuring stamps showing iconic landmarks from across all four countries that make up the UK.

In 2012 Royal Mail completed the series with 14 stamps featuring places like "Station X" at Bletchley Park and the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle. The journey had actually begun when the UK A-Z Part One was issued back in October 2011. This comprised of twelve 1st Class stamps showing landmarks from A to L. The stamps took a fresh look at some of the UK’s most famous sights, ancient to modern and from spiritual to spectacular. Learn more about these stamps

GB Stamp Collecting & British Philatelic Publication News

The British Postmark Bulletin is published usually every two weeks or so by the Royal Mail. The Postmark Bulletin contains interesting articles related to postmarks together with details of current and future postmarks and how collectors can obtain them. Available by subscription from the Royal Mail Website at a current cost of £12.25 in the UK and Europe or £24.95 for subscribers outside Europe.

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