Monday, 15 May 2017

New 2017 Great Britain Concise Stamp Catalogue

Everyone loves a bargain, here is your chance to get one yourself. You can save a tenner when you pre - order and secure the new 2017 Concise catalogue.

It will will be published at the end of May and delivered to you soon after. The retail cost of the publication is normally £37.95. If you use the  pre-order option then the price is just £27.95. First class postage to a UK address is £4.60. Airmail to Europe £7.95 and the USA is £14.25

 According to this website which is making the offer. The 2017 edition has been extensively updated with all prices reviewed and revised in line with current market trends. ( NOTE* We all know these are greatly over priced by Gibbons)

As usual it has priced listings of definitive stamps and commemoratives, regionals, postage dues, departmental officials, postal fiscals, errors, first day covers, booklets. Specimens and post office Smilers sheets are also included.

A commemorative design index is included and a straightforward listing of Post Office Telegraph stamps, based on listings in the GB Specialised Catalogue, It also suggests that it includes major errors and specimens.

A helpful table is said to have been added which provides an easy reference guide for collectors of the popular source and date codes on the security series of Machins.

Listings are complete from May 1840 to March 2017.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Clement Talbot Van 50p Booklet


I sometimes bid on and maybe occasionally win and pick up a bargain on eBay. This is a booklet that caught my eye this week. A booklet that I had not seen before (or knew existed). It is a 50p vending booklet from 1978 with a difference.

What is unusual with this is the missing colour ( bistre – yellow) from the cover. I have no idea what the value of this piece is but the seller indicates that it is somewhere in the region of £60.00. 

Understandingly this lot created quite bit of interest and fetched more than I was prepared to pay. The final price after a little frantic bidding was £18.99. I do not envisage another on line for sale anytime soon, so, perhaps I should have gone a little higher than my measly maximum of £17.99. Oh well, win some lose some as they say !

Missing Colour 


Since I wrote this Brian Morris has informed me that this is actually a dry print. If you click on and enlarge the photo, look closely you can just see the yellow dots on the newsmans clothing, the shadow near the front right tyre and on the bonnet ( hood for our US friends) is also visable. Many thanks Brian for your input. (see comments) 

The design by the way is number one of a series of six illustrations by artist John Ireland depicting commercial vehicles printed by Harrison & Sons

Sunday, 23 April 2017

My 50th Anniversary columns for Linn's Stamp News

For my last Great Britain columns for Linn's Stamp News, I decided to go out with a bang and summarize the history of the Machins in a format that would be accessible by Linn's readers. The main problem was how to organize it.

I quickly decided that a chronological organization would not work. There would be too many topics that appeared at various times, and it would be very hard for the reader to keep track of what was happening.

Instead, I chose to organize it by topic. I started with an introduction that I hoped would catch the reader's attention enough to want to continue reading. (You can tell me if you think I succeeded in the comments.) Then I continued with various topics: colors, fonts, currency change and non-denominated stamps, etc.

There's still some back-and-forth where I had to reference a topic that I covered previously or one that was covered later. Overall, though, I think it came out pretty well.

Those of you who are reading this blog probably won't learn much if anything new from the column, but I hope you'll take a look at it and at least read part of it. If you have any comments about it, please add them to this blog entry.

The first of the three parts was published a couple of days ago and is available on the Linn's web site. I don't know when the others will be published. It may be as much as month between each part. I'll post a link to the subsequent parts after they appear.

I am pleased that the editor, Donna Houseman, chose to highlight my column. I'm also pleased that Linn's has adopted a new format for their web site that places the illustrations within the text, as well as at the top. This makes it much easier to follow.

Many collectors no doubt have a simplified collection of Machins as part of a general Great Britain collection. I hope that these columns encourage those collectors to look more carefully at their Machins and perhaps expand their Machins beyond what they have so far. And maybe it will stimulate a few readers to start a Machin collection, in spite of the sheer volume of stamps.