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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:  Traditional philately covers the study of all technical aspects of postage stamp production and identification. This includes the initial stamp designs, the paper stamps are printed on and any watermarks, printing methods, the perforations, any overprints, the gum applied and even studying philatelic fakes and forgeries.

Recent British Stamps & Philately Articles

Football Legends and New Cover Producer Tilbury Editions
I can't claim to be a huge first day cover lover but I do appreciate, and often buy, what I think will prove to be a "better item" in the medium to long term. With first day covers the key for me is to look for features such as low production numbers, nice postmarks, relevant signatures and good production quality. As many collectors find out to their cost, buying the standard Royal Mail covers with the same postmarks as everyone else is rarely a shrewd financial move no matter how much visual pleasure they get from their collections. [...]

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. [...]

Collecting the Postal History of Tomorrow Today
When we see the term "postal history" used in stamp magazines, catalogues and online, most collectors tend to think of a classic line engraved stamp on a cover featuring a text book cancellation by a rare coloured maltese cross handstamp with an unusual instructional mark thrown in and topped off by the backstamp of a remote village. But who thinks about yesterday's mail that dropped through the door? [...]

New Bradbury Smilers Sheet Tribute to Margaret Thatcher
Bradbury have issued a limited edition Smilers Sheet - printed by Royal Mail using a design by Adrian Bradbury - marking the life and times of former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. [...]

2013 Spring Stampex Post & Go Issue Features British Pond Life
On 22nd February 2013, which is the third day of Spring Stampex, the first in the series of "Freshwater Life" Post & Go pictorials will be issued. The first issue will focus on British pond life. [...]

Collecting Blank Post & Go Stamps Could Prove A Good Option
When Royal Mail issued the first pictorial Post and Go stamps in 2010 there were few public vending machines installed and only a relatively small amount of collector interest to drive philatelic sales. Two years on and the number of machines is much larger and collector interest in the various issues has mushroomed. So what angles are there now for Post & Go stamp enthusiasts who want to build a collection that will prove manageable, affordable and still offer a likely increase in value over time? [...]

Spring Stampex 2012: TWO Royal Mail Stamp Issues
While the New Year has only just begun, it's nice to be talking about a "Spring" event! 2012 Spring Stampex, The British National Stamp Exhibition organised by the Philatelic Traders' Society and supported by Royal Mail, will take place at the Business Design Centre in London next month (Feb 22-25). So What's in store? [...]

Post & Go Stamps 2012: Sheep Breeds 24th February 2012
The next set of Post and Go pictorial stamps, the first of three sets that will feature British farm animals during 2012, is due to be released on 24th February 2012. [...]

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

Stanley Gibbons Announce Sale of Rare 1904 GB Official Overprint Stamp
Britain's best known stamp dealer and philatelic publishers, Stanley Gibbons, have today announced they have sold one of the rarest of all GB stamps ever to reach the open market; The 1904 6d Pale Dull Purple with I.R. Official overprint. [...]

The Rise and Rise of the 1840 2d Blue
Issued just a few days after the better known but less valuable Penny Black, the GB 1840 Twopenny Blue stamp has proved to be a real investment worth holding in the last few years. [...]

Huge UK Stamp Theft Trial Underway
In July 2008 a Devon based stamp dealer was held up at gunpoint by two men posing as undercover police before they stole his collection valued at £400,000 a court has been told. [...]

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Plymouth philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Wednesday Jun 20 2018 is from Plymouth.

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

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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