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|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
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
New Post and Go Stamp Errors Issued by Autumn Stampex Hytech Machine
Some interesting overprint errors have turned up on the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation Union Flag Post & Go stamps issued by Royal Mail's Hytech machines during the recent Autumn Stampex exhibition in London. Images of the print errors are available to view at the Norphil Blog. [...]
St Kilda Post and Go Stamp Connections and Royal Artillery Evacuation Cover Wanted
I am trying to locate an example of a cover produced by The Royal Artillery Range Hebrides back in 1990 so I thought I would try posting details along with a little history of St Kilda and highlight some connections between the archipelago's wildlife and recent Royal Mail Post & Go stamp issues. [...]
Royal Mail Standing Order Collectors Should Beware of Missing Diamond Jubilee Definitive
Norvic Philatelics have highlighted apparent confusion concerning the new first class Diamond Jubilee definitive stamp from Royal Mail which may cause some collectors relying on fulfillment by standing order to miss out. [...]
The Postal Service Before the Penny Post and GB Stamps
Before postage stamps were issued in Great Britain there was, in fact, a well established and effective British postal system. The biggest difference was the recipient usually paid for any mail delivered rather than the sender. [...]
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. [...]
Rare, Specialised & Out of Print GB Stamp & Philatelic Publications
Any serious GB philatelist knows just how difficult and expensive it can be to find out of print books, catalogues and essays to help research specific GB stamps or focused areas of British postal history and postmarks. [...]
Philatelic Cover Gems - Anglo-American Goodwill Coronation Flight 1937
The motivation for the flight commemorating the Coronation of King George VI was to prove the viability of transatlantic commercial aircraft services. Captain Dick Merrill and his co-pilot, Jack Lambie, departed Floyd Bennett Airfield in New York flying the "Daily Express", a Lockheed Electra 10-E. [...]
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. [...]
List of British Stamp & Cover Collections For Sale
For one reason or another the time usually comes when a stamp, first day cover or postal history collection has to be sold. Good collections often arouse interest among other collectors who may see an opportunity to capitalise and significantly expand their own collection [...]
Judge the Condition of British Stamps Before You Buy
The actual condition of British stamps is very important to the real value and investment potential of your future GB stamp collection so it is vital to understand the commonly used terms for stamp condition. [...]
Rare GB Stamps - The King George V Silver Jubilee Prussian Blue
The Prussian Blue came about because of a mistake at the printers, Harrison & Son, who used the wrong ink to print a batch of stamps. They realised their error and destroyed all but six sheets which had already managed to get included in 'good' stock. [...]
Error Prone 2004 Crimean War GB Stamps
The Royal Mail Crimean War stamp set issued October 12th 2004 has so far yielded four errors affecting three of the stamp values making this the largest number of varieties emerging from a GB set of stamps since the sixties. [...]
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
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
UK Aerophilately website for airmails, first flights, Concorde covers and many other flown covers etc.
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.
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
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.
The Competitions at Stampex are held under the auspices of the Association of British Philatelic Societies.
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: LONDON WC|
|The featured GB philatelic postmark for Friday Dec 13 2013 is from London WC (Nelsons Column).
Collectors can get this special postmark applied by sending the stamped (minimum 1st Class rate) addressed envelope(s) to:
London Special Handstamp Centre
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
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.
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