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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:  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

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... [...]

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. [...]

New GB Stamps Celebrate Great Britain's Fashion Design Industry
Some of the UK's most renowned fashion designers are showcased by ten new first class GB stamps issued today. The designer names being featured include Hardy Amies, Norman Hartnell, Granny Takes a Trip, Ossie Clark, Tommy Nutter, Jean Muir, Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen. [...]

Talk by the Keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection at The British Postal Museum and Archive
Marking The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, Michael Sefi, the Keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection introduces and discusses aspects of this famous collection at The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA). [...]

Forward Look: Royal Mail Reveals 2012 Special Stamp Programme
Her Majesty the Queen’s Jubilee marked by landmark stamp issues

Best of British celebrated throughout the year with stamps featuring authors, fashion designers and inventors

London 2012 stamps include Team GB Gold Medal stamps

75th Anniversary of Night Mail Film
The widely acclaimed 1936 short movie "Night Mail" - produced by the GPO Film Unit - has been featured on our home page for some time now at and, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the classic collaboration between poet W H Auden and composer Benjamin Britten, the British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA) have annouced an event that will include a public screening. [...]

Is Postal History Philately?
A simple question on the face of it but many enthusiasts would answer this question differently. Personally I see postal historians as philatelists with a speciality interest in the actual usage of postage stamps. They focus attention on the charges levied, the rules of carriage and understanding the postal markings which can evidence the rates, services and historical changes to the mail over time. [...]

Is Royal Mail Producing Too Many Stamps?
The recent news that a special Royal Mail commemorative stamp will be issued for every British Gold Medal winner at the 2012 Olympic Games in London has fueled the flames of an old chestnut among GB stamp collectors: Are there simply too many stamps being issued for collectors to cope with or afford? [...]

Stanley Gibbons Launch DVD Stamp Articles Archive
The GSM Archive Edition 1890-2009 which features over 40,000 pages of useful and interesting philatelic content from various Gibbons publications was launched on 30th June 2010. [...]

First UK Rocket Mails - Brighton & Scotland
Gerhard Zucker had been experimenting with powder fueled rockets in Germany during the early 1930s. It seems he funded much of his work and lifestyle by selling postal "rocket mail" covers many of which are suspected to have never flown and therefore been fraudulent. Zucker arrived in the UK during 1934 seeking to prove to the General Post Office that postal deliveries by rocket were safe and viable. [...]

Living People On British Stamps
For a long time Britain's Royal Mail maintained a rigid policy of only showing images depicting the reigning monarch and members of the Royal Family (or marrying into the Royal Family) on postage stamps. Long dead historical figures such as William Shakespeare were allowed but no other living people were ever depicted on stamps. [...]

International Darwin Day And Relevant Stamps Highlighted By BPMA
February 12th was International Darwin Day and the BPMA made a great blog post highlighting Royal Mail stamps that have celebrated the life and work of Charles Darwin and, along the way, making him one of the most commemorated non-royal individuals ever on British stamps. [...]

Hawick Stamp Club Fair in Jedburgh August 23rd 2009
The Hawick Stamp and Postcard Society has organised a stamp fair this Sunday in Jedburgh Town Hall. [...]

A Brief Guide to the GB Edward VII Stamp Issues
Despite the relatively short reign of King Edward VII - stamps bearing his portrait were only issued between 1902 and 1913 - his stamps continue to be a very popular era for British stamp collectors and investors. [...]

Postage Labels UK - A Blog Worth Following is a blog entirely devoted to UK ATM Philately which the webmaster, Brian Sinnott, has described as "a modern collecting alternative". The site is packed full of specialist knowledge and example images for this field of postal mechanisation philately. [...]

Edward VII GB Stamps 1902-1913

The stamps from the reign of Edward VII are an ever popular period for British stamp collectors and philatelists. Although only 19 basic stamps were issued during this period, the employment of three different printers means a huge array of variations exist relating to the paper, perforations and shades of printing ink. This explains why the Edward VII era is the subject of many specialised GB stamp collections.

Take a look at the live online Edward VII stamp auctions ending soon.

British Stamp & Philately Sites From Our Directory

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

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.

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).

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.

Belfast philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Friday Jun 22 2018 is from Belfast.

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

Scotland & Northern Ireland Special Handstamp Centre
Royal Mail
Rutherglen D.O.
Duchess Place

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 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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