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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

British Tourism Cachets Applied to Letters and Postcards
Having just written an article about cinderella stamps at last, I thought it a good idea to mention the cinderellas of the postmark world namely "Tourism Cachets". These cachets are normally a privately produced rubber handstamp impression applied to a postcard or envelope so as not to mark the stamp or interfere with the normal official postmarking process. They are NOT postmarks but they do create an interesting tangent for collectors, particularly topical collectors, to follow. [...]

Two Different Christmas Design Postmarks Used November 1st
The run of special "one day only" postmarks marking the achievement of the 24 finalists in Royal Mail's Childerns Design a Stamp Competition is coming toward the end and, yesterday, Nottingham Mail Centre seemed to be playing catch up while elsewhere things apparently went as planned. [...]

London 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Partners Revealed By Royal Mail
Royal Mail has revealed the identities of all the partner companies that helped them fulfil the 24 hour delivery of the London Olympic Games Gold Medal Stamps. [...]

Additional Royal Mail Post & Go Stamp Issue For Christmas 2012
While Royal Mail may have slightly trimmed their new issue special stamp plans for the latter part of 2012, as an apparent response to the claims of "new issue overkill" by collectors and dealers, the continuing growth in Post & Go faststamp interest appears to have prompted a new unplanned issue to look out for soon. [...]

The Popularity of Signed Philatelic Covers
During recent years it appears many collectors have lost interest in the traditional First Day Cover like those issued by Royal Mail and switched their attention to the more limited productions of special event and anniversary covers - especially celebrity signed covers. I first noticed this change during the rush for Concorde memorabilia when the iconic aircraft retired back in 2003. The demand for Concorde covers signed by pilots at that time was astounding - particularly covers signed by the main test pilots. Since then I have seen many celebrity signed, limited edition covers covering a wide range of events sell out quickly while sales of the more traditional - some may say run of the mill - first day covers often seem to struggle. [...]

A Brief History of Jersey Postage Stamps
From 1840 - when the Penny Black was issued - Jersey used British postage stamps until postal independence on October 1st 1969. However, there was one significant period when this was not the case... [...]

Royal Wedding Stamp Tops Poll of Favourites
Each year the Royal Mail polls readers of The Philatelic Bulletin to identify their favourite stamps and the 1st Class value for the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton has emerged the winner in 2011. [...]

Royal Mail Charles Dickens Stamps Celebrate Bicentenary of The Author's Birth
Today, 7th February 2012, marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Dicken’s birth and in this article we can offer a sneak preview of the forthcoming Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby stamps to be issued in June along with a Miniature Sheet featuring four stamps. [...]

Why Not Display Your Stamps and Covers Online?
The web has undoubtedly given stamp dealers a global reach to help sell stamps, postal history and first day covers but, in my opinion, collectors have been slow to see the potential for exhibiting items - or even entire collections - online and thus do their bit to encourage interest in our great hobby. [...]

Third Birds of Britain Post & Go Stamps Set
The third set of six pictorial Post & Go Stamps continued featuring the beauty and variety of Britain's birdlife. [...]

Index List of Early Post Office Numbers in Scotland and Their Locations
During the 19th and earlier part of the 20th century, numeral postmarks used a number (or a combination of letters and numbers) to indicate the place stamp cancellations were made. This article consists of a long list, indexed in Post Office number order (alphanumerics at end), to help stamp collectors and postal history students identify the Scottish cities, towns or villages where items were originally posted. [...]

Philatelic Cover Gems - Anglo-American Goodwill Coronation Flight 1937
The motivation for the flight commemorating the Coronation of King George VI was to prove the viability of transatlantic commercial aircraft services. Captain Dick Merrill and his co-pilot, Jack Lambie, departed Floyd Bennett Airfield in New York flying the "Daily Express", a Lockheed Electra 10-E. [...]

Starting A Post Office Label Sheets Collection
In the rare moments of peace I've had over the holidays I've been thumbing through the 2009 Stanley Gibbons Concise Catalogue considering new collection ideas for 2010 and, the result is, I've decided to build and maintain a complete collection of the Post Office Label Sheets as catalogued by SG for the reign of Queen Elizabeth without including the privately produced "Smilers Sheets". [...]

Royal Navy Uniforms Featured on New GB Stamp Issue
The latest set of British commemorative stamps to feature military uniforms is scheduled for release by the Royal Mail on 17th September 2009. The set of six stamps depict more than 200 years of tradition and development in the uniforms worn by the Royal Navy which proudly claims the title of being the UK's Senior Service. [...]

Why Do GB Machin Stamp Collectors Use Ultra-Violet Lamps?
A UV lamp is an essential item for serious Machin stamp collectors. So what's the difference between short-wave and long-wave UV and what do these specific lamps reveal? [...]

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

Elite Stamps
US based online stamp auctions website that aims to highlight the cream of rare stamps and philatelic auctions from around the world.

Tractors on Stamps and Philatelic Covers
A page dedicated to collectors of farm tractors on stamps and covers.

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.

Portsmouth philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Monday Aug 21 2017 is from Portsmouth.

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 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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