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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:  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



The Introduction of Split 1st and 2nd Class Mail Services in Great Britain
Some people are surprised to learn that the current system of 1st Class and 2nd Class mail only came in to use, replacing the previous "letters and printed papers" system, on 16th September 1968. [...]

Collecting Post & Go Stamps on Cover Will Pay Dividend to Collectors
How many letters have you received bearing a Post & Go stamp? Chances are it's not many, if any, yet and I believe this should be seen as a tip in itself to start collecting commercially used Post & Go covers as they are part of our future postal history. [...]

Post & Go Stamps 2012: Sheep Breeds 24th February 2012
The next set of Post and Go pictorial stamps, the first of three sets that will feature British farm animals during 2012, is due to be released on 24th February 2012. [...]

Titanic Disaster 2012 Centenary Limited Edition Postcard
We've produced a postcard featuring a real photo of RMS Titanic in advance of the centenary of her loss. Our thinking is collectors may want suitable items in advance in order to collect special postmarks dated on the anniversary in April 2012. [...]

Royal Mail Deliver The Nativity Story On 2011 Christmas Stamps
This year’s Royal Mail Christmas stamps were issued yesterday, 8th November, and feature scenes inspired by the Nativity story. Mary and Baby Jesus are featured on the 1st Class stamp with Joseph being visited by the Angel on the 2nd Class stamp. [...]

GB Pre-Decimal Commemorative Issues 1924 to 1970
A complete list of all the pre-decimal Commemorative stamps issued by the Royal Mail (GPO) between 1924-1970. [...]

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. [...]

Philatelic Terms Explained: Line Engraving
From time to time we all come across references to a term we don't recognise or understand. Therefore, over the coming weeks, I plan to post explanations for several philatelic terms starting today with an overview of line engraving. [...]

Get the Twitter About British Stamps & Postal History
The British Postal Museum & Archive continues to adopt the latest online communication methods to keep philatelists and stamp collectors informed about GB philatelic events and history. [...]

London 2012 Olympics: First Official Commemorative Stamps from Royal Mail
The Royal Mail has recently unveiled a new series of stamps being issued to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in the United Kingdom for the first time since 1948, the first games following World War 2. [...]

The Ashford Philatelic Society in Middlesex
Meeting place, meeting times and contact details for the Ashford (Middlesex) Philatelic Society. [...]

Hawick Stamp Club Fair in Jedburgh August 23rd 2009
The Hawick Stamp and Postcard Society has organised a stamp fair this Sunday in Jedburgh Town Hall. [...]

Post Boxes Miniature Sheet Issue Date 18 August 2009
Post Boxes have been in use in Great Britain for over 200 years and, according to this forthcoming Royal Mail miniature sheet, the earliest known posting 'slot' was installed in Wakefield in 1809. [...]




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.

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.

Positively Postal
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

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 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: BRISTOL
Bristol philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Tuesday Jul 25 2017 is from Bristol.

Collectors can get this special postmark applied by sending the stamped (minimum 1st Class rate) addressed envelope(s) to:

Wales & The West Special Handstamp Centre
Royal Mail
220-228 Penarth Road
CARDIFF CF11 8TA


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 Philatelic Bulletin is published every two weeks or so by the Royal Mail. The publication contains various articles together with details of current and future stamp issues. Available by subscription from the Royal Mail Website at a current cost of £12.95 in the UK and Europe or £17.95 for subscribers outside of Europe.



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