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Collect British 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:  Thematic philately, also referred to as topical philately, is the study of the pictures and subjects depicted on postage stamps. There are numerous very popular subjects including birds, football, insects, flowers etc. As with other forms of philately stamps displaying design errors are much in demand. While thematic stamp collecting has been more popular in the US and Europe, it is now gathering pace in the UK and GB stamps already cover many of the most popular topics.

Recent British Stamps & Philately Articles



Stamps Ruined by Royal Mail
I know it will happen. I expect it to happen. But just how often should it happen? The envelope that, for whatever reason, doesn't get postmarked normally, but gets cancelled manually by a scribble of a ballpoint pen. The biro now seems to be the tool of choice for Royal Mail instead of a manually applied postmark as would have been used in those days gone by when there were those old-fashioned standards underpinned by job pride in the British workplace. [...]

Get The Authorized History of Royal Mail Delivered Free
Masters of the Post is the officially authorized history of Royal Mail by Duncan Campbell-Smith. Copies of the book are now available from the British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) along with a free postage and packing offer. [...]

New Post & Go Stamp Design For BPMA
The Hytech Post & Go Machine at the British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA) will see a new design replace the Christmas Robin pictorial later this week. [...]

Numerical Symmetry 12th December 2012 Special Postmark
For the final time this century a date approaches where the day, month and year can all be represented by the same number and Royal Mail are marking the day with a special Birmingham "Numerical Symmetry" postmark dated 12-12-12. [...]

30th Anniversary of The Falklands War Special Postmark
2012 marks thirty years since the invasion of the Falkland Islands and subsequent war between the United Kingdom and Argentina and a special postmark is available from Royal Mail's London Special Handstamp Centre to commemorate the anniversary. [...]

New GB Stamps Make an A-Z Journey Around the UK
A new two stage issue of 26 first class stamps by the Royal Mail will eventually provide an A-Z of well known UK landmarks with the first 12 stamps just issued on 13th October 2011. [...]

Unique British IR OFFICIAL Overprint Used In Boer War to Auction
The next Stanley Gibbons bi-annual public auction will take place on Wednesday June 15th at 399 Strand, London, when a selection of world rarities will come under the hammer including a unique British IR Official used on cover. [...]

NPS Seminar on How to Publish a Philatelic Society Journal
On October 13th 2010 two experts on writing and publishing for the philatelic press will take centre stage during a seminar for the National Philatelic Society titled  "How to Publish a Society Journal". [...]

Artwork For Stamps Of The George VI Era Now Viewable Online
Recently catalogued artwork for many commemmorative postage stamp issues during the reign of king George VI are now available to view and research online courtesy of The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA). [...]

British Philatelist to Auction Edward VII Collection Down Under
An announcement by Australia's Prestige Philately says that one of the firm's English clients, John Williams of Fulham, has opted to sell his fabulous collection of King Edward VII British Empire Stamps in Melbourne, on Saturday March 6th 2010. [...]




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


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.

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...

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.

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)


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: CANTERBURY
Canterbury philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Friday Feb 27 2015 is from Canterbury.

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 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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