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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:  Traditional philately covers the study of all technical aspects of postage stamp production and identification. This includes the initial stamp designs, the paper stamps are printed on and any watermarks, printing methods, the perforations, any overprints, the gum applied and even studying philatelic fakes and forgeries.

Recent British Stamps & Philately Articles



Horse-Drawn Mail Coaches in Great Britain
The first mail-coach in Great Britain ran between London and Bristol commencing on August 2nd 1784. The service was the brainchild of a Mr John Palmer who owned a theatre in Bath. He petitioned the then Prime Minister, William Pitt, suggesting that stage coaches with armed guards could now carry mail on the country's improved roads. [...]

Stanley Gibbons Offer Rare Penny Black Master Die Proof
Stanley Gibbons are currently offering for sale a Master Die Proof for the Penny Black, the world's first postage stamp, which is one of only two complete examples in private hands from a total of five known examples in the world. [...]

Two Opinions About Post & Go Stamp Errors
Much is being made - and sometimes fancy prices paid - about the various inkjet printing errors applied on Royal Mail's Post & Go stamp issues. Given the nature of these stamps I am tending to think collectors should be wary of paying too much for such offers. [...]

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. [...]

Christmas 2011 Last Posting Dates
Royal Mail hass announced the last posting dates for Christmas deliveries in 2011. [...]

Glasgow Stamp Shop Under New Ownership
The Glasgow Stamp Shop business - originally being one of Britain's oldest stamp shops established in 1908 - is now under the ownership of Gordon Carroll who has himself been a philatelic trader for more than 40 years. [...]

Birds of Britain (4) Post & Go stamps set - Coastal Birds
The fourth and final set of six pictorial Post & Go Stamps has continued featuring the beauty and variety of Britain's birdlife. [...]

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. [...]

Philatelic Terms Explained: What is a Perfin? What is the Purpose of Perfins?
Perfins are stamps that have the initials or an identifying emblem perforated in to them. Once of little interest to collectors, things have now changed significantly, and perfins - sometimes also known as 'spifs' or 'branded stamps' - are now the focus of many serious collectors. [...]

GB Stamp Fairs Scheduled for October 2009
The schedule of stamp fairs we understand are due to take place during October 2009. Wherever possible we have provided organiser contact information for collectors who want to confirm any details before travelling. [...]

Prestige Stamp Book: Treasures of the Archive
A prestige stamp booklet from Royal Mail titled "Treasures of the Archive" features some of the amazing items held by the British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA). [...]




Queen Victoria Line Engraved GB Stamps 1840-1879

The earliest postage stamps issued in Great Britain used the Line Engraved printing process. Large print plates were engraved by skilled engravers. The printing process meant ink was applied on the plate with the excess wiped off before a paper sheet was pressed on to it so that impressions of the recessed, inked parts of the plate were transferred on to the paper.

For the line engraved stamps without plate numbers incorporated in to their designs it is only possible to distinguish between print plates used by studying the detailed variations of engraving, designs, repairs made and the alphabets used for corner lettering etc. This skilled aspect of philately has been made much easier for us today becuase of the many fine specialist reference books and catalogues published since victorian times.

Good quality Line Engraved stamps are always in demand. Take a look at the live online auctions for Line Engraved stamps ending shortly.



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.

Aerophilately
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).

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

GB First Day Covers
Search among thousands of British First Day Covers at FirstDayCover.org.uk


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: BELFAST
Belfast philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Wednesday Nov 22 2017 is from Belfast.

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

Scotland & Northern Ireland Special Handstamp Centre
Royal Mail
Rutherglen D.O.
Duchess Place
Rutherglen
GLASGOW G73 1BT


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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