Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Overprinted Boots Labels


I was recently asked to supply some Boots Labels by A customer. When I dug them out I realised that my list and what I had left for supply was far from complete, also my price lists were no where near correct at 2014 rates.

Some of the later labels 2010 U  - London - Philatex  and the 2010 B - Boots Label - London - Festival of Stamps  I priced up at a staggering £22.99 each. Many of the earlier labels had also uncured a price rise of a couple of pounds or so.

My list (2006) as I said was far from complete, so I have decided to update it. This is what I now have listed (not all are in stock) and there may be a couple of mistakes or labels missing. If you can add to this or spot any mistakes please e mail me and I will correct it.

1994 B - Boots Label - Original Issue = B with yellow phosphor
1995 U - Boots Label - Unbranded      = U with blue phosphor

As I have not yet had time I have not separated them by gum (from) different printings and printers, or any differences in the roulettes or elliptical perforations. I am assured these variants exist so this could be a fascinating field for someone who has the time and patience to look into it.

Anyway here is my latest that I have put together to date.

1995 B - Boots Label - Singapore '95 World Stamp Exhibition
1996 U - Boots Label - Bangkok '96 Stamp Exhibition
1996 U - Boots Label - National Exhibition Centre
1996 U - Boots Label - Indonesia '96 Stamp Exhibition
1996 U - Boots Label - Hong Kong '96 Stamp Exhibition
1996 U - Boots Label - Taipei '96 Stamp Exhibition (Blue)
1996 U - Boots Label - Taipei '96 Stamp Exhibition (Red 97)
1997 U - Boots Label - Hong Kong '97 Stamp Exhibition
1997 U - Boots Label - Pacific '97 Stamp Expo (Blue Fluor)
1997 B - Boots Label - Pacific '97 Stamp Expo (Yellow Flur)
1997 U - Boots Label - Moscow '97 Stamp Expo
1997 U - Boots Label - Bangkok '97 Thai Stamp Exhibition
1998 U - Boots Label - Rushstamps 40th Anniversary
1998 U - Boots Label - London '98 Stamp Expo
1998 U - Boots Label - Israel '98 Stamp Expo
1998 U - Boots Label - Singpex '98 Stamp Expo
1998 U - Boots Label - llsapex '98 Stamp Expo
1999 B - Boots Label - Melbourne Stamp Expo
1999 B - Boots Label - IBRA '99 Stamp Expo
1999 B - Boots Label - PhilexFrance '99 Stamp Expo
2000 U  - Boots Label- Machin Collectors Club 10th Anniversary
2000 U - Boots Label - London "The Stamp Show" (Blue)
2000 U - Boots Label - London "The Stamp Show" (Red)
2000 U - Boots Label - London "Collect Stamps" (2d Blue)
2000 U - Boots Label - London "Collect Stamps" (1d Black)
2000 U - Boots Label - Heysel Phil Euro Stamp Fair
2000 B - Boots Label - WIPA 2000 International Exhibition
2000 B - Boots Label - Indonesia '00 World Exhibition
2000 B - Boots Label - USA (Anaheim) World Stamp Expo
2001 B - Boots Label - Hong Kong '01 Stamp Expo (Red)
2001 B - Boots Label - Hong Kong '01 Stamp Expo (Silver)
2001 B - Boots Label - Hong Kong Souvenir Cover (Silver)
2001 B - Boots Label - Hafnia (Denmark) Stamp Expo
2001 B - Boots Label - Belgica '01 Stamp Expo
2001 B - Boots Label - Phila' Nippon '01 Stamp Expo
2002 B - Boots Label - Munich International Stamp Day
2002 B - Boots Label - Philakorea 2002 Korea International Expo
2002 B - Boots Label - Phil Euro Brussels 2002 Expo
2003 ? - Boots Label - America Stamp Expo
2004 U - Boots Label - Hong Kong - International Stamp Fair
2004 U - Boots Label - Essen Germany -15th Intl Stamp Fair
2004 U - Boots Label - Suntec Singapore Intl Stamp Fair
2004 U - Boots Label - DEC Tsunami Earthquake Appeal Blue
2004 U - Boots Label - DEC Tsunami Earthquake Appeal Gold
2004 U - Boots Label - DEC Tsunami Earthquake Appeal Green
2004 U - Boots Label - DEC Tsunami Earthquake Appeal Silver
2006 U - Boots Label - Washington 2006 - Stamp Expo (Blue)
2006 U - Boots Label - Washington 2006 - Stamp Expo (Red)
2005 U - Boots Label - Hannover - Naposta Stamp Exhibition
2006 U - Boots Label - TORQUAY- Stamp Exhibition
2007 U - Boots Label - JAPEX - 40 Years of Machins
2010 U - Boots Label - London - Philatex

For more information see this older post 


Monday, 10 November 2014

Alice 6 x 1st class Booklet


It is no secret that I am not a fan of self adhesives but I am always on the look out for that something different to add to my personal collection of Machin stamps. One self adhesive product  I always do purchase is that of the mixed booklets of six which contain four Machins and two special issues.

To date there are now quite a lot of these and Royal Mail will be adding to the list early next year with another. The next to be issued will be on on 06.01.2015.

This is the first issue of 2015 and will be entitled Alice In Wonderland . It is quite possible that this will be printed before the new year so it may contain the 20014 code.

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party first day cover with a Birmingham postmark and the details of the issue are with thanks to the BFDC website.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Cost Of A Couple Of Staples

Have you ever wandered where the idea for the Prestige Booklet came from? The date was December 1969 and Harrisons printed and assembled a new concept of a stamp booklet never seen  before.


The booklet was entitled Stamps For Cooks. The make up: was in the form of four panes with inter leaves congaing recipes for cooks.
  1. Cream of Potato Soup
  1. Creamy Carrot Soup
  1. Portuguese Plaice
  1. Stuffed Cucumber
  1. Pork with Fried Peaches
  1. Braised Shoulder of Lamb
  1. Cheese Platter Salad
  1. Ham Club Sandwich
  1. Baked Stuffed Haddock
  1. Apple and Walnut Salad
  1. Peaches Mistral
  1. Cream Meringues


The Initial booklets were bound with staples, but this proved to be too slow, and the large majority were stitched. An inch wide strip of black passe-partout was wrapped around the spine in order to extend the booklet's usefulness as a recipe book. 

If you look closely you can just about make out the staples to the left of the picture.



  1. Now looking at catalogue and dealers prices I was amazed to see what the difference to the price that these couple of staples made.

Although the contents are the same the stapled versions are catalogued at £400.00 selling for approx £295.00. The un stapled versions are catalogued at 13.00 selling for approx £5.00.


If you are interested in stamp Machin booklets in general have found this brilliant website that describes the history of these booklets and MUCH MUCH MORE. I recommend that you pay it a visit. I have just been reading some of our past posts and realized that I had actually covered this booklet some years ago


Oh by the way Many Thanks Larry for keeping these pages alive whist I have been absent from my post.