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|The British Empire Exhibition was held at Wembley in Middlesex close to London during 1924 & 1925. The event was officially opened by King George V on 23rd April 1924. At this time the British Empire was made up of 58 countries and only Gibraltar and Gambia were not represented at the exhibition. The cost at the time of £12 million made sure this would be 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
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.
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Did You Know?
Did you know:
Aerophilately is philately that specialises in the study of airmail and flown covers. Flown mail has been recorded and studied from its earliest days and virtually every aspect of worldwide airmail services have been extensively documented by aerophilately specialists.
Tip: Keep your eye out for original 1911 Coronation Aerial Post covers that were flown between London and Windsor as good quality examples are becoming very difficult to find now.
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The 350 Years of Postmarks Royal Mail Generic Sheet 2011
On 15th September 2011 Royal Mail released a generic "label sheet" commemorating the 350th anniversary of the humble postmark. The sheet has become one of my personal favourites offering a visual journey through time as postmarks developed. [...]
Two Different Christmas Design Postmarks Used November 1st
The run of special "one day only" postmarks marking the achievement of the 24 finalists in Royal Mail's Childerns Design a Stamp Competition is coming toward the end and, yesterday, Nottingham Mail Centre seemed to be playing catch up while elsewhere things apparently went as planned. [...]
How to Sell a Stamp Collection
Think about the stamp catalogue for a moment. Don't get fooled by that notional figure claimed as catalogue value. The catalogue value will not represent the amount you will receive when you come to sell a stamp collection to a dealer or by auction. Obviously the type of stamps in the collection will influence the value but, perhaps more importantly, the condition of the stamps will have a huge impact on the price you can sell for. [...]
Beware Possible Fake Signatures on RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Covers Listed on eBay
A chance interaction with one of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's twitter accounts today has highlighted the possibility of fake signatures being applied to BBMF RAF philatelic covers listed on eBay. [...]
New Publication: Mail Trains by Julian Stray
The British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA) have announced the issue of a new publication called "Mail Trains" which tells the amazing history of carrying the mail by rail from the 1800s up until the modern day. [...]
Early Aviation Events In the United Kingdom 1909-1910
The first three aviation events in the UK took place in Blackpool, England and Lanark in Scotland. While the first official aerial post is recognised as taking place between Hendon and Windsor in 1911, collectors with an interest in aerophilately and postal history can still find UK aviation postcards and postmarks for earlier flying events. [...]
History and Photo of Channel Islands Victorian Post Boxes
I recently stumbled across this public domain image of the victorian post box still used in Union Street, St Peter Port, Guernsey in the Channel Channel Islands and thought I would share it along with a little information about the history. [...]
Most Famous Name in GB Stamp Collecting Acquires Luxury Album Producer
According to a recent press release from Stanley Gibbons the luxury stamp album manufacturer, Frank Godden Ltd and the world famous stamp dealer, Stanley Gibbons have announced a corporate buy out that will see Frank Godden returning home after an absence of 95 years. [...]
Delcampe Auctions Attending The Picture Postcard Show 2009
The specialist collectables auction website Delcampe will be attending The Picture Postcard Show 2009 in London between 3rd and 5th of September. [...]
Will UK Stamp Dealers Ever Compete With eBay?
As eBay celebrate their 10 years in the UK it seems few stamp dealers have managed to seriously compete with the auction giant to attract collectors and generate volume sales online. So why isn't there a better online sales platform for stamp dealers? [...]
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.
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GB Philately News Website
GB philately website which aggregates GB stamp and philatelic news from a variety of stamp collecting and information sources.
Royal Mail Stamps Featuring Living People
Interesting article PDF file by Peter Jennings highlighting the current shambles of this once rigid Royal Mail policy.
GB Stamp Calendar 2013
Check the schedule of new GB special stamp and Post & Go faststamp issues during 2013.
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.
I am so passionate about the postal system that I set up the website Positively Postal...
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
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
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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.
Adrian runs this interesting blog on all things philatelic from around the world.
Centenary of the First UK Aerial Post
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: LEICESTER|
|The featured GB philatelic postmark for Tuesday Dec 10 2013 is from Leicester.
Collectors can get this special postmark applied by sending the stamped (minimum 1st Class rate) addressed envelope(s) to:
Midland Special Handstamp Centre
Birmingham Mail centre
St Stephens Street
BIRMINGHAM B6 4AA
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
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