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British Machin Stamp Anniversary of the Penny Black Machin 1st class large British Stamp GB Worldwide up to 40g Machin Stamp

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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:  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



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. [...]

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. [...]

Royal Mail To Increase Small Parcel Sizes?
It seems highly likely that Royal Mail is about to announce significantly enlarged dimensions to be defined and priced as "small parcels". [...]

What Does the Future Hold for GB Stamp Collecting?
An interesting opinion piece in this month's Stamp & Coin Mart magazine looks at the continuing debate about new issue overkill from the perspective of declining real world use of postage stamps. [...]

Is Postal History Philately?
A simple question on the face of it but many enthusiasts would answer this question differently. Personally I see postal historians as philatelists with a speciality interest in the actual usage of postage stamps. They focus attention on the charges levied, the rules of carriage and understanding the postal markings which can evidence the rates, services and historical changes to the mail over time. [...]

First UK Rocket Mails - Brighton & Scotland
Gerhard Zucker had been experimenting with powder fueled rockets in Germany during the early 1930s. It seems he funded much of his work and lifestyle by selling postal "rocket mail" covers many of which are suspected to have never flown and therefore been fraudulent. Zucker arrived in the UK during 1934 seeking to prove to the General Post Office that postal deliveries by rocket were safe and viable. [...]

British Strike Post Stamps And Covers
Whenever disruption occurs to regular postal services due to industrial action it very often results in local authorities, private companies, private individuals or even organisations like the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides offering emergency delivery services. [...]

Royal Mail Ship RMS St Helena Featured by BBC
RMS St Helena is the last dedicated Royal Mail ship and she leaves the UK for months at a time to make her way around the South Atlantic calling at Cape Town, Tristan da Cunha, St Helena and Ascension Island. It would be an understatement to say the ship is a lifeleine to British Oceanic island communities, particularly following Gordon Brown's Government decision to shelve the building of a new airport on the island of St Helena. [...]

Royal Mail Offer More British Design Classics: "Classic Albums"
Building on the success of the 2009 British Design Classics issue the first Royal Mail issue of 2010 will feature the classic art and designs of British album covers. Album (and CD) artwork has long been a gallery for some of the finest and most innovative graphic artists and a preview of this issue confirms some of the greatest examples will be featured. [...]




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 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.

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...

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.

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.

The Whitehaven to Huddersfield TPO
Derwent Railway Society web page about West Cumberland's last Travelling Post Office (TPO)


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: GLASGOW
Glasgow philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Wednesday Aug 05 2015 is from Glasgow.

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 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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