Collect British Stamps
Special offers on new & used copies of: Collecting British Squared Circle Postmarks
|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
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 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. [...]
London 2010: Festival of Stamps to Spotlight Empire Mail, George V and the GPO
A noteworthy exhibition is going to open at the Guildhall Art Gallery in London that will focus on the philatelic passions of King George V, the so called 'philatelist king'. [...]
Delcampe Tempts British Stamp Collectors Away from eBay
The specialist collector's auction website Delcampe displays nearly 25 million items listed from the various countries that participate. With more than 20 Million items actually sold now, the growth at Delcampe has been very impressive and means the site really is becoming a true competitor to eBay for buyers and sellers of stamps and other collectables. [...]
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.
GB Stamp Calendar 2013
Check the schedule of new GB special stamp and Post & Go faststamp issues during 2013.
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.
I am so passionate about the postal system that I set up the website Positively Postal...
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
Bath Postal Museum Website
Bath Postal Museum is located at 27 Northgate Street (on the corner of Green Street) Bath, BA1 1AJ
Sports philately with an emphasis on football (soccer).
The Competitions at Stampex are held under the auspices of the Association of British Philatelic Societies.
Adrian runs this interesting blog on all things philatelic from around the world.
Centenary of the First UK Aerial Post
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: DURHAM|
|The featured GB philatelic postmark for Tuesday Sep 02 2014 is from Durham.
Collectors can get this special postmark applied by sending the stamped (minimum 1st Class rate) addressed envelope(s) to:
Northern England Special Handstamp Centre
South Shields D.O.
SOUTH SHIELDS NE33 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
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.
GB Stamp Collecting & British Philatelic Publication News
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.