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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:  Thematic philately, also referred to as topical philately, is the study of the pictures and subjects depicted on postage stamps. There are numerous very popular subjects including birds, football, insects, flowers etc. As with other forms of philately stamps displaying design errors are much in demand. While thematic stamp collecting has been more popular in the US and Europe, it is now gathering pace in the UK and GB stamps already cover many of the most popular topics.

Recent British Stamps & Philately Articles

The Beginning and End of GB Postage Due Stamps Could Be an Opportunity
Postage Due stamps are perhaps the most forgotten stamps in British philately. Whether this is because of the restricted design choice, their intended use or their frequent placement seperately at the back end of catalogues, it's the overlooked stamps today which can often turn out to be the right ones to collect for the future. [...]

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? [...]

Investors Target Pre-Decimal GB Presentation Packs
Prices for early British presentation packs have seen notable price increases recently, led by particularly keen interest in the 1967 European Free Trade Association EFTA presentation pack. [...]

Royal Mail Titanic Centenary Stamp Sheet
Royal Mail will issue their RMS Titanic commemorative stamp sheet on April 10th featuring ten iconic images and information about the ship from her construction in Belfast through to her doomed maiden voyage across the Atlantic. [...]

With Royal Mail About to Annouce Stamp Price Increases Yet Again a Poem Comes to Mind
It looks very likely that we will witness the cost of a first class stamp rising to 50p or more in April. Older readers will recall that 50p was once 10/- (Ten Shillings) which amounted to 120 pre-decimal pennies. While businesses may get discounts by using private companies, pre-sorting or franking, I can't imagine how many collectors manage to stay interested in British stamps thesedays given the ever rising cost? [...]

Royal Mail Britons of Distinction Stamp Issue
The Royal Mail's Britons of Distinction stamps - to be issued on 23rd February 2012 - will celebrate ten people from the world of science and technology, architecture, politics and the arts. [...]

GB Stamp Errors - King George V PENCF Error
I guess one of the most common questions dealers and experienced stamp collectors get asked is to confirm whether a stamp displays the charecteristics of a rare variety or error. [...]

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. [...]

BPMA Curator of Philately Douglas Muir to Talk About Bertram Mackennal
Curator of Philately at the British Postal Museum and Archive, Douglas Muir, will be talking about the designer Bertram Mackennal on 7th October 2010. [...]

BFPO 45 Berlin RAF Gatow Covers Harder To Find
Royal Air Force Gatow was operational in Berlin from the end of World War 2 until 1994 when Germany had been reunified. For any years an active stamp club operated on the station and they produced several limited edition covers bearing the various BFPO 45 Berlin postmarks used in Gatow's Post Office. [...]

David Holmes Designer Of 2012 Olympic Games Stamp
The Camden New Journal has published a feature about one of the recent Royal Mail London 2012 Olympic Games stamp designers David Holmes, an artist from Primrose Hill. [...]

World Famous Stanley Gibbons Stamp Shop Receives A Makeover
The 399 Strand address is known the world over as the home of Stanley Gibbons, the leading name in British and world philately. Work has now started to expand the retail space to offer better, more accessible displays with dedicated seating for stamp viewings and new interactive information points which they say will make for an exciting new shopping experience. [...]

2012 London Olympics Retail Stamp Booklet Issued by Royal Mail
The first of a series of Olympic retail stamp booklets scheduled for 2010 was released on 7th January featuring the judo and archery stamps from the October 2009 Olympics issue plus four first class Machin definitives. [...]

Online Exhibition Features GB Post Office Posters 1930-1960
Titled Designs on Delivery, The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) is hosting an extensive exhibition of GPO posters available to view on their website. [...]

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.

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.

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.

Croydon Philatelic Postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Friday Jul 01 2016 is from Croydon.

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

London Special Handstamp Centre
Royal Mail
Mount Pleasant
Farringdon 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 Philatelic Bulletin is published every two weeks or so by the Royal Mail. The publication contains various articles together with details of current and future stamp issues. Available by subscription from the Royal Mail Website at a current cost of £12.95 in the UK and Europe or £17.95 for subscribers outside of Europe.

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