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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" (NVI or no value indicator) rather than displaying a currency value.

Many of the designs will appeal to thematic stamp 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 on these stamps.

Collectors of Concorde memorabilia will be pleased to see the supersonic airliner feature but the stamp Royal Mail claim "remains close to millions of peoples hearts" is the car simply known to all 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 Michael 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 expert 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 Routemaster 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:  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.

Recent British Stamps & Philately Articles



How Special TPO Postmarks Were Used to Stop First Day Cover Cheats
Since the earliest days of stamps and postmarks there's always been someone trying to game the system to make a quick buck. One trick a few people in the know used involved meeting the overnight Travelling Post Offices to create apparent "early-release" First Day Covers. Ultimately, combating this trick led to the introduction of an interesting TPO postmark variety that is well worth looking out for today. [...]

GB QE2 Pre-Decimal Stamps Artwork Added To BPMA Online Catalogue
The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) have announced that they have made an important update to ther online catalogue. 2450 QE2 pre-decimal pieces of stamp artwork, including images, have been added to the database along with nearly 250 pre-decimal GB commemorative stamp registration sheets. This means the BPMA's online presence now offers full catalogue details and digital images for all registration sheets since the 1840 Penny Black to these recent additions. [...]

SG to Stamp on eBay? Stanley Gibbons Acquires BidStart
Britain's best known stamp dealers, Stanley Gibbons, have reportedly stumped up $1 Million to acquire the US trading platform BidStart.com which operates a person to person collectables trading website similar to eBay but focused on stamps and postcards. [...]

Second Class Stamps Will Receive Special Postmarks from Royal Mail
An announcement in the British Postmark Bulletin this month confirms that, as Royal Mail has decided to issue more 2nd Class values in future special stamp issues, an exception will apply to allow handstamping of covers bearing a single 2nd class stamp on its first day of issue. [...]

30th Anniversary of The Falklands War Special Postmark
2012 marks thirty years since the invasion of the Falkland Islands and subsequent war between the United Kingdom and Argentina and a special postmark is available from Royal Mail's London Special Handstamp Centre to commemorate the anniversary. [...]

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). [...]

BPMA Offers School Teachers Free Learning Packs and Teaching Resources
In our opinion the British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA) deserves much credit for a lot of work they do which helps raise awareness of the history of the postal service, philately in the UK and stamp collecting in general. Here we highlight some of the information and learning resources they make available to schools which, after all, hopefully contain the postal historians and philatelists of the future! [...]

London 2010: Festival of Stamps to Spotlight Empire Mail, George V and the GPO
A noteworthy exhibition is going to open at the Guildhall Art Gallery in London that will focus on the philatelic passions of King George V, the so called 'philatelist king'. [...]

Daily Telegraph Reports GB Stamp Collecting Popularity Surge
London based broadsheet newspaper, The Daily Telepgraph, reports that stamp collecting is enjoying an unpredicted but huge surge in popularity with dealers reporting a sharp increase in sales. [...]

eBay Article: Selling Stamps Profitably
eBay has become one of the busiest all day, every day venues to buy and sell stamps and there are some useful tips all eBay sellers should take on board to maximise the profits they can earn online. [...]




The 1840 Penny Black - The Worlds Oldest Postage Stamp

The Penny Black was produced in sheets of 240 employing the Line Engraved print process. The plates used for 1d blacks were numbered 1a, 1b and then plates 2 through to 11. Skilled collectors can benefit from a knowledge of the identification characteristics of scarcer plate printings before scanning the online auctions. Plate 11, for example, had a very short period of use meaning a 1d Black from that plate is many times more valuable than the equivalent stamps printed using the more common plates.

Take a look at the live online penny black 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.

British Post & Go Stamps
Trace where any GB Post and Go stamp was issued from.

Aerophilately
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...

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.

Bath Postal Museum Website
Bath Postal Museum is located at 27 Northgate Street (on the corner of Green Street) Bath, BA1 1AJ

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.

AK Philately
Adrian runs this interesting blog on all things philatelic from around the world.


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.

BRITISH PHILATELIC POSTMARK OF THE DAY: CARDIFF
Cardiff philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Monday Jul 28 2014 is from Cardiff.

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
CARDIFF CF11 8TA


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 Postmark Bulletin is published usually every two weeks or so by the Royal Mail. The Postmark Bulletin contains interesting articles related to postmarks together with details of current and future postmarks and how collectors can obtain them. Available by subscription from the Royal Mail Website at a current cost of £12.25 in the UK and Europe or £24.95 for subscribers outside Europe.



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