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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:  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

"Rainbow Trials" by David Rowse - Philatelic Book Review
In May 1840 Rowland Hill was made aware that several red Maltese Cross postmarks had been removed by members of the public from the new Penny Black stamps. Hill was obviously alarmed by the news and quickly instituted trials to find new, more satisfactory printing and postmark obliterator inks. These became known as the "Rainbow Trials". [...]

Royal Mail Post & Go Stamps Can Pop Up Anywhere Now!
Planning on a trip to Camden Market to do a bit of Christmas shopping? Well keep your eyes open for the new Camden Christmas Post Shop which is selling a multitude of festive offerings including Post & Go stamps from two Hytech Post & Go machines. [...]

Postmark News - Centenary of British Terra Nova Antarctic Expedition
The British Antarctic Expedition 1910, more popularly known as the Terra Nova Expedition, was led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott. The main aim of the ill-fated expedition was to be the first to reach the geographical South Pole. [...]

Isle of Man Features BBC TV Top Gear Show on New Stamps
The Isle of Man Post office has issued a set of stamps featuring some of the most memorable stunts and challenges undertaken by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May on the BBC's ever popular Top Gear motoring show. [...]

Will Postage Labels Be The Death of Stamp Collecting?
Since the early trials of gummed Frama Labels in the 1980s Royal Mail has continued looking to reduce queues in Post Offices by using self-service machines that offer more flexibility than simple stamp booklet vending machines. Many stamp collectors screw their noses up at machine printed labels and some even fear the demise of their hobby. But is this a valid opinion? [...]

SG Philately Auction Confirms Strength of Chinese Market
The recent Stanley Gibbons Auction held at their 399 Strand premises on December 15th confirmed that Asian philatelic material is again proving very popular with the China offers, in particular, more than doubling their lower pre-auction estimates. [...]

HAMPEX 2010 Receives Support from Stanley Gibbons
For HAMPEX 2010 Stanley Gibbons will be providing "goody bags" to all children attending and prizes for the winners of the various junior competitions running throughout the day. The HAMPEX Junior workshop will commence at 10AM Saturday 16th October 2010 and is scheduled to finish at 12.30PM with a light lunch provided. [...]

Chinese Fake Stamps Scam Confirmed By Stanley Gibbons
It is never nice to feel the need to point fingers at one particular country but I have to wonder what percentage of online scams are being hatched in China? As a webmaster I know the proportion of bots and hacking attempts that involve chinese internet addresses is high and it seems an equally big number of online shopping scams also involve a China connection. [...]

Stamp Fraud: Former Shop Manager Jailed
The former manager of London's St Paul's Cathedral gift shop has been handed eight months in jail for defrauding her employer by ordering stamps in to stock and then selling them herself privately. [...]

Isle of Man Post Office Scoops Best Stamp Award in China
The Beijing Olympics miniature stamp sheet issued by the Isle of Man has bagged a top award from the Best Foreign Stamp poll in China. [...]

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. [...]

London 2010: Festival of Stamps to Also Feature Exhibitions & Events Around the UK
London 2010: Festival of Stamps is being billed as "a year-long programme to mark the centenary of the accession of George V - the philatelist king - and in celebration of stamps, stamp design and postal heritage". So what's in store for us? [...]

GB Official Postage Stamps 1882 - 1904
During the reign of Queen Victoria, and the early part of the Edward VII era, GB postage stamps were overprinted for use by  Government Departments and bodies like the Royal Household. These have become collectively known as Official Stamps although the first "official" was produced but not issued as early as 1840. [...]

Sporting Events Commemorated On Topical Stamps
Most major sporting events now have stamp issues from around the world commemorating them and, as such, sports events are already a popular theme among thematic stamp and cover collectors. [...]

Queen Victoria Surface Printed GB Stamps 1855-1900

The process known as Surface Printing is basically the opposite of the Line Engraved technique employed for the first GB stamp issues. The recessed parts of the printing plate transferred no ink or a reduced amount of ink depending on their depth. The Surface Printed issues of Queen Victoria are widely collected and extremely popular. It is a huge area to study and collect as, apart from the wide variety of designs, values and colours, many of the stamps had different plate numbers incorporated in their designs.

Inexperienced collectors are often unaware of the true scarcity of genuinely fine used stamps from this period. At the time regulations said all stamps should be literally obliterated to avoid fraudulent reuse. As a result the cancels in use for much of the period are nicknamed "killers" because of the heavy bar patterns transferred on to stamps. Therefore stamps described and sold as "fine used" are not as "fine" as normally demanded for later issues when the Circular Date Stamp entered more common use. CDS or lightly cancelled surface printed stamps can therefore command a surprising price premium.

Take a look at the live online QV Surface Printed 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.

GB Stamp Calendar 2013
Check the schedule of new GB special stamp and Post & Go faststamp issues during 2013.

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.

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).

Great Britain section of the Stamp Collecting Blog
Extensive philatelic blog. This directory entry leads to the GB section.

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.

Brighton philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Monday Nov 24 2014 is from Brighton.

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

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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