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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:  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

London 2015 Europhilex
During the 175th anniversary year of the first postage stamp London will be hosting this international stamp exhibition at the Business Design Centre in Islington from 13th to 16th May 2015. [...]

Stamp Collector or Part Time Stamp Dealer?
In this hobby most of us enjoy buying and selling stamps or covers to improve our collections or turn a small profit. That profit for many collectors is quickly eaten up by new acquisitions and stamp collecting has always been, to a large degree, about the successful deals we do. However, just as the Internet has impacted on almost every aspect of commerce, it has significantly changed stamp collecting too. Perhaps the biggest change is how a stamp collector can turn into an "instant dealer" with the help of of a mouse click on a website. [...]

British Postal Museum & Archive Volunteer Lands National Award For Museum Learning
London, 11 July 2012 - The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) is delighted to announce that volunteer Erene Grieve has been jointly-awarded The British Museum and Marsh Christian Trust's national volunteer award for museum learning 2012. [...]

Post and Go Stamps: Quickly Identify a Post & Go Stamp's Machine Location
Post and Go stamps are creating a buzz. Whether you currently love or loathe them, I believe the Post & Go format looks set to become Great Britian's stamp for everyday use. To help collectors research and write up Post & Go stamp collections there's now a useful online database that's free and quick to use. [...]

What's the Difference Between a Stamp Essay and a Stamp Proof?
Collectors may come across stamp essays and proofs when browsing philatelic auction listings but how many really understand what they are? [...]

Win a Portfolio of Stamps Worth £5000 Courtesy of Stanley Gibbons
The top UK stamp dealers and catalogue publishers, Stanley Gibbons, are offering people the chance to win a pre-built rare stamp investment portfolio worth £5,000. [...]

Royal Mail Freedom To Set Postage Prices?
The Royal Mail may be given the freedom to set postal rates, letting the cost of sending letters and parcels go up, if proposals put forward by Postcomm, the industry regulator, are adopted. [...]

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. [...]

The Postal Service Before the Penny Post and GB Stamps
Before postage stamps were issued in Great Britain there was, in fact, a well established and effective British postal system. The biggest difference was the recipient usually paid for any mail delivered rather than the sender. [...]

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'. [...]

Most Famous Name in GB Stamp Collecting Acquires Luxury Album Producer
According to a recent press release from Stanley Gibbons the luxury stamp album manufacturer, Frank Godden Ltd and the world famous stamp dealer, Stanley Gibbons have announced a corporate buy out that will see Frank Godden returning home after an absence of 95 years. [...]

Philatelic Publications: The Irish Mail By Cyril Kidd
The Irish Mail written by Cyril Kidd offers a concise history of the rail and sea-borne travelling post offices from England to Ireland from 1850 to 1940 with examples of all known postmarks. [...]

Online Exhibition Features GB Post Office Posters 1930-1960
Titled Designs on Delivery, The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) is hosting an extensive exhibition of GPO posters available to view on their website. [...]

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

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.

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...

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)

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.

Brighton philatelic postmark The featured GB philatelic postmark for Friday Mar 24 2017 is from Brighton.

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

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 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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