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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




Squared Circle Postmarks


Did You Know?

Did you know:  Cinderella philately is the study of labels or other items that have the appearance of postage stamps but are in fact not official stamps. These could be Easter or Christmas Seals, propaganda stamps, souvenir issues or private issues from places like Lundy.

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. [...]

Special British Postmarks - Lerwick Up Helly Aa - Shetland Islands Fire Festival
A new British Postmark of interest to collectors will be in use by Royal Mail for one day only on 29th January to commemorate the 2013 norse flavoured fire festival of Up Helly Aa in Lerwick, Shetland Islands. As the preview image shows, this postmark features an attractive celtic design surrounded by the usual postmark information detailed in a sympathetic font. [...]

Naive Post & Go Faststamp Overprint Forgery Appears
On the Norvic Philatelics blog this week there's a picture of a Post and Go faststamp with forged overprint on a Union Flag pictorial. The forged overprint wasn't too difficult to spot as it claims to have pre-paid for a "Worldwide up to 30g" service which doesn't exist! [...]

Spink Stamp Valuation Day Programme in the UK 2012
Spink hold a regular programme of valuation events around the UK and Worldwide and frequntly attend major fairs and exhibitions. Their programme of valuation days in the UK has been announced via their website. [...]

1966 World Cup GB Stamp Issues In Detail
English football fans still recall 1966 as the pinacle of our national team's achievments when Bobby Moore captained the team to lift the trophy following an exciting and controversial 4-2 defeat of West Germany in the Wembley Final. It remains the first and only time to date that England have either hosted the World Cup or won the title. [...]

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. [...]

FAB Thunderbirds Perforation Error Discovered
An imperforate miniature sheet of the four Thunderbirds stamps issued by Royal Mail to commemorate the genius of Gerry Anderson has recently been discovered. [...]

Gibbons Stamp Monthly Gets an Autumn Makeover
The best-selling and most widely-read philatelic publication, Gibbons Stamp Monthly, is sporting a new look for the September 2010 edition including a striking new cover design and new page layout. [...]

Collecting British Exhibition Postmarks
Special event postmarks form a popular basis of many postmark and postal history collections and, since the earliest days, exhibitions have been commemorated by special cancellations and, in my view, they merit collecting in their own right. [...]

Follow GBStamp on Twitter for British Philately Flavoured Tweets
Okay, I know, everyone is doing it and most Twitterers are probably just like me who doesn't really know why I'm doing it yet! [...]

Redruth Philatelic Society Meetings Start After Summer Break
Stamp collectors in Redruth have met after a busy summer and displayed the latest additions to their collections. [...]




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

Aerophilately
UK Aerophilately website for airmails, first flights, Concorde covers and many other flown covers etc.

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 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: COLCHESTER
Colchester philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Tuesday Aug 30 2016 is from Colchester.

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


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 Stanley Gibbons Collecting British First Day Covers Catalogue provides a comprehensive listing for FDCs for the 1840 Penny Black to very recent issues. The latest catalogue features more than 6000 illustrations of the various postmarks (including c.d.s. and machine slogans) used on the First Day of Issue for stamps and the pages feature illustrations of several hundred first day covers.

All the official FDCs (sponsored covers) are listed along with prices. Over the years your humble webmaster here at GBstamp.co.uk has used the information contained in this catalogue to identify many rare covers featuring scarce postmarks being sold as normal covers by unsuspecting sellers using the online auctions. Order from Stanley Gibbons or see if one is available in the philatelic catalogue online auctions.



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