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Collect British Stamps: 1924-1925 British Empire Exhibition

GB Stamps for the 1924 and 1925 British Empire Exhibition The British Empire Exhibition was held at Wembley in Middlesex close to London during 1924 & 1925. The event was officially opened by King George V on 23rd April 1924. At this time the British Empire was made up of 58 countries and only Gibraltar and Gambia were not represented at the exhibition. The cost at the time of £12 million made sure this would be the largest ever exhibition staged anywhere in the world and over 27 million visitors attended while it was open.

Stamps commemorating the exhibition were issued for both 1924 and 1925. The stamps all featured similar designs to that shown here. The penny value was red and penny halfpenny value brown. The first day of issue for the 1924 stamps was 23 April 1924 - the day King George V opened the exhibition - and the 1925 printing was issued on 9 May 1925. Apart from envelopes posted by visitors many different letter cards, postcards and souvenirs were produced commemorating the exhibition. Collectors today tend to refer to the stamp sets as being either the "1924 Wembley" or "1925 Wembley" commemorative issues.
Around 25 different special postmarks, many featuring the lion logo, were used during the exhibition in both years. The most commonly seen examples are those used on regular mail. The parcel handstamps, registered marks and specific exhibitor postal markings can be very scarce.

First Day Covers for the stamps are very collectable and, depending on condition and postmarks, prices can easily exceed a £1,000 for the most desirable. The 1925 stamps on FDC are very much more valuable than the 1924 issue as many collectors at the time did not recognise the new 1925 stamp as a proper new issue meaning far fewer were serviced with FDI postmarks.

Collectors should note that the stamps were only sold at the exhibition which means examples bearing first day of issue postmarks from other parts of the UK away from the exhibition (or London) are extremely rare. A number of forgeries bearing Rhyl postmarks on the 1924 issue turned up in the 1970s so excercise caution.

Several postal stationery items - including pre-paid postcards, envelopes and letter cards - were produced for both years of the exhibition. While First Day of use cards are very collectable, the 1925 stationery items are far more valuable than the 1924.

The stamps for both years were recess printed by Waterlow & Sons. In 1924 the stamps were normally line or comb perforated whereas only comb perforated examples are found for the 1925 stamps.

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




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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



Leytonstone Wanstead and District Philatelic Society Launch New Website
Established in 1936, The Leytonstone, Wanstead & District Philatelic Society has launched a new website. [...]

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. [...]

SG to Stamp on eBay? Stanley Gibbons Acquires BidStart
Britain's best known stamp dealers, Stanley Gibbons, have reportedly stumped up $1 Million to acquire the US trading platform BidStart.com which operates a person to person collectables trading website similar to eBay but focused on stamps and postcards. [...]

Beware of Fake 1966 World Cup Winners First Day Covers
Reports have appeared in the philatelic trade press that forged first day covers for the GB 1966 World Cup Winners issue are appearing on online auction sites such as eBay. [...]

Royal Mail Highlights British Fashion Icons
A preview of the ten special first-class stamps celebrating Great Britain's Fashion icons due to be released by Royal Mail on 15th May 2012. [...]

New Publication: Mail Trains by Julian Stray
The British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA) have announced the issue of a new publication called "Mail Trains" which tells the amazing history of carrying the mail by rail from the 1800s up until the modern day. [...]

New British 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games II Stamp Set
In just a few days the Royal Mail will issue the UK's second set of ten Special Stamps featuring various Olympic and Paralympic events. The stamps will be available from Post Offices and the philatelic Bureau exactly two years before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is due to take place. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

David Holmes Designer Of 2012 Olympic Games Stamp
The Camden New Journal has published a feature about one of the recent Royal Mail London 2012 Olympic Games stamp designers David Holmes, an artist from Primrose Hill. [...]

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. [...]

Thoughts About British Stamps and Covers as an Investment
While most particpants in our hobby try to build comprehensive stamp or cover collections covering a defined era, stamp type, topic or country, investors are looking to achieve something fundamentally quite different. [...]

The Aberconway Philatelic Society
Meeting place, meeting times and contact details for the Aberconway (Aberconwy) Philatelic Society. [...]




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


GB Philately News Website
GB philately website which aggregates GB stamp and philatelic news from a variety of stamp collecting and information sources.

Royal Mail Stamps Featuring Living People
Interesting article PDF file by Peter Jennings highlighting the current shambles of this once rigid Royal Mail policy.

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.

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.

BRITISH PHILATELIC POSTMARK OF THE DAY: PORTSMOUTH
Portsmouth philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Tuesday Oct 21 2014 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
LONDON EC1A 1AA


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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