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Collect GB 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:  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

Royal Mail 2012 Olympics Promotional Stamp Enlargements Auction for Prostate Cancer Charity
Many stamp enthusiasts will remember the huge stamp enlargements produced by Royal Mail to promote the Gold medal winners stamps during the Olympic and Paralympic Games last summer. We learned today that Royal Mail have donated many of these foamex enlargements to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK and they are being offered right now in low start, no reserve online auctions. [...]

New Royal Mail Stamps Feature Scottish Trains
Thursday 8th March marked the first day of issue for the latest set of special stamps from Royal Mail featuring classic Scottish locomotives. Apart from regular GB stamp collectors, this issue is likely to prove a sure fire hit with worldwide railway thematic collectors. [...]

Best of British in the Spotlight on New Royal Mail Stamps
The contributions of architects, the incredible bravery of a wartime secret agent and the astonishing abilities of a code breaker are among the achievements recognised by special stamp issue today, 23rd February 2012, for Britons of Distinction. [...]

Tearfund to Benefit from Stanley Gibbons First 2012 Public Auction
A fine collection of Great Britain stamps and covers from the reign of King George V will be sold By Stanley Gibbons on behalf of the "Tearfund" charity during their first 2012 public auction, sale number 5865, being held at 399 Strand, London on Thursday 22nd March. The proceeds of the collection being sold as 310 individual lots are being donated to the "Tearfund" charity. [...]

What's the Difference Between a Stamp Essay and a Stamp Proof?
Collectors may come across stamp essays and proofs when browsing philatelic auction listings but how many really understand what they are? [...]

Competition - Win a Free Royal Mail A-Z British Landmarks Presentation Pack
Courtesy of Royal Mail, we have five Presentation Packs for the recent A-Z of Britain stamp issue to give away in the first of our regular competitions to win free British stamps and covers. [...]

New Hong Kong Office for Stanley Gibbons
Stanley Gibbons Group plc which trades in rare stamps, historical documents, rare coins and military medals for collecting and investment has announced the official opening of Stanley Gibbons (Asia) Ltd in Hong Kong. [...]

Masters of the Post: A Complete History of the Royal Mail
Penguin Books is scheduled to publish "Masters of the Post", a complete history of the Royal Mail, on 3rd November 2011. Based upon the comprehensive archives of the Royal Mail, Masters of the Post details the great personalities and amazing stories from the postal services history over some 500 years. [...]

London 2012 Olympics - Royal Mail to Issue Special Stamps for Every TeamGB Gold Medal
Royal Mail has announced that special commemorative stamps will be issued to mark every British individual and team gold medal success at the London 2012 Olympics. [...]

Prince William and Kate Middleton Royal Wedding Stamps
Queen Elizabeth has given her approval for the Royal Mail to issue a pair of GB commemorative postage stamps to mark the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The commemorative stamps will be isssued in sheets consisting of two of the first class stamps and two of the £1.10 value stamps. [...]

Royal Mail Underpaid Penalty Fees Prove a Nice Little Earner
The income Royal Mail collects in penalty fees has rocketed largely due to confusion about precise letter size pricing rules introduced four years ago. [...]

Travelling Post Offices TPO Online Exhibition
The British Postal Museum and Archive has launched a new online exhibition about Travelling Post Offices (TPO) which were railway carriages adapted for postal workers to sort mail while moving. [...]

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. [...]

Save Money by Buying Discounted British Postage Stamps
British stamp dealers handle vast quantities of collectable stamps and inevitably they build up large stocks of common stamps that don't merit advertising or holding in stock. As a result some stamp dealers dispose of these mint, postally valid stamps at prices discounted from their actual face value. [...]

The Aylesbury & District Philatelic Society
Meeting place, meeting times and contact details for the Aylesbury & District Philatelic Society. [...]

How Much Longer Will Royal Mail SmartStamp Survive?
Royal Mail launched the 'SmartStamp' on January 15th 2004 which enabled small businesses and home users to print postage directly on envelopes and account for payment online. [...]

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bristol philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Wednesday May 25 2016 is from Bristol.

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

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 Collecting British First Day Covers Catalogue provides a comprehensive listing for FDCs for the 1840 Penny Black to very recent issues. The latest catalogue features more than 6000 illustrations of the various postmarks (including c.d.s. and machine slogans) used on the First Day of Issue for stamps and the pages feature illustrations of several hundred first day covers.

All the official FDCs (sponsored covers) are listed along with prices. Over the years your humble webmaster here at has used the information contained in this catalogue to identify many rare covers featuring scarce postmarks being sold as normal covers by unsuspecting sellers using the online auctions. Order from Stanley Gibbons or see if one is available in the philatelic catalogue online auctions.

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