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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" (NVI or no value indicator) rather than displaying a currency value.

Many of the designs will appeal to thematic stamp 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 on these stamps.

Collectors of Concorde memorabilia will be pleased to see the supersonic airliner feature but the stamp Royal Mail claim "remains close to millions of peoples hearts" is the car simply known to all 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 Michael 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 expert 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 Routemaster 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:  The Penny Black was issued on 6th May 1840 and is generally recognised as the first postage stamp in the world. A few stamps were released to the public on 1st May 1840 by mistake. Covers showing May 1840 use of the Penny Black are very valuable and those pre-dating 6th May are extremely valuable. Another stamp was issued two days later after the Penny Black called the Twopenny Blue. Value aside, it is a similar design to the Penny Black - but obviously coloured blue instead of black - and, although less famous than the 1d black, is actually rarer and more valuable.

Recent British Stamps & Philately Articles



Royal Mail 2012 Olympics Promotional Stamp Enlargements Auction for Prostate Cancer Charity
Many stamp enthusiasts will remember the huge stamp enlargements produced by Royal Mail to promote the Gold medal winners stamps during the Olympic and Paralympic Games last summer. We learned today that Royal Mail have donated many of these foamex enlargements to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK and they are being offered right now in low start, no reserve online auctions. [...]

GB New Stamp Calendar 2013
Here's a 2013 new stamp issue calendar for Royal Mail's special stamp sets and Post & Go pictorials. [...]

New Concorde Postmark Available for One Day Only
A new special postmark will be available on 29th November to mark fifty years since the signing of the Anglo-French agreement to jointly develop the Concorde supersonic airliner. [...]

Cost of Stamps to Increase While Royal Mail Falls Short on Christmas Delivery Service
New figures reveal that Royal Mail has fallen short of its first-class delivery target during the busy run-up to Christmas. Only 92.3% of first-class mail sent actually arrived the next day during the quarter ending the second week of December. On the plus side, the far less demanding delivery target of three working days for second-class mail was achieved. Despite service standards missing their target, users need to brace themselves for inflation busting price rises. [...]

Sotheby's London to Auction Newly Discovered Dockwra Handstamp
Sotheby's say this exceptionally rare London Penny Post handstamp dating from 1680/81 represents a crucial step in the development of Great Britain’s postal history. [...]

Scarborough Philatelic Society April Fool Stamps destined for eBay Auction
According to a recent article published by the Scarborough Evening News website the Scarborough Philatelic Society regularly releases a set of spoof stamps to coincide with April Fools Day and this year's edition is a version of the large gold Horizon labels issued at Post Office branches. [...]

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. [...]

First & Second Class Machin Definitives Found With Four Security Slits
The security slits that have become an anti tampering feature on recent first and second class Machin definitive stamps are usually applied in pairs on each stamp. However reports are now emerging of stamps with four slits. [...]

Looking For Free Philatelic Website Content?
As I know all too well, running a blog or website can be a time consuming process so the chance to have regularly updated relevant content automatically appear can be a great help. [...]

Delcampe Auctions Attending The Picture Postcard Show 2009
The specialist collectables auction website Delcampe will be attending The Picture Postcard Show 2009 in London between 3rd and 5th of September. [...]

GB Stamp Fairs in August 2009
Schedule of stamp fairs due to take place in August 2009. Wherever possible we provide contact information for collectors to confirm any details before travelling. [...]




Queen Victoria Surface Printed GB Stamps 1855-1900

The process known as Surface Printing is basically the opposite of the Line Engraved technique employed for the first GB stamp issues. The recessed parts of the printing plate transferred no ink or a reduced amount of ink depending on their depth. The Surface Printed issues of Queen Victoria are widely collected and extremely popular. It is a huge area to study and collect as, apart from the wide variety of designs, values and colours, many of the stamps had different plate numbers incorporated in their designs.

Inexperienced collectors are often unaware of the true scarcity of genuinely fine used stamps from this period. At the time regulations said all stamps should be literally obliterated to avoid fraudulent reuse. As a result the cancels in use for much of the period are nicknamed "killers" because of the heavy bar patterns transferred on to stamps. Therefore stamps described and sold as "fine used" are not as "fine" as normally demanded for later issues when the Circular Date Stamp entered more common use. CDS or lightly cancelled surface printed stamps can therefore command a surprising price premium.

Take a look at the live online QV Surface Printed stamp auctions ending soon.



British Stamp & Philately Sites From Our Directory


Tractors on Stamps and Philatelic Covers
A page dedicated to collectors of farm tractors on stamps and covers.

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.

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: CANTERBURY
Canterbury philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Monday Feb 27 2017 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 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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