Saturday, 4 April 2020

£2 Postal Vehicles Series




Due to the current Covid-19 virus situation I have been in semi lock down since 13th March. This has given me many extra hours to enjoy and examine my Machin collections.

Yesterday I took the opportunity to scan through a stock book holding £1 and £2 Decimal Folded Machine Booklets of which I hold a vast amount of and it is still incomplete.

Armed with my copy of The MCC Machin Catalougue I set to work examining The £2.00 Postal Vehicles booklets. A series of three that were first issued in November 1993 - September 1994. They needed a good sort out and now I have the time to do it.

I knew that I had some miss cut booklets in this collection and a few plain and cylinder booklets I also knew that some of them had panes having missing pin holes.

All the stamps in these booklets were printed by Harrisons on OFPP they have PVAD gum and contain 8 x 25p Salmon Pink Machin definitives. This was the 1st class rate at the time.

To start,  firstly I separated them into lots, numbers 1, 2 and 3. Then I separated the plain and cylinder panes. I removed those that were miss cut in issue 1 and  made a separate pile of those.

I then checked all of them and made notes by determining which perf type each had. This is where the MCC catalogue comes into its own. They reference four different perf types. I1, E1d, E1e and E1f.

Now 1993 - 1994 was a long time ago so re discovering this era took me a little by surprise. I had leaned so much in the past and now after all this time so much forgotten.

Starting with issue number one ( Motorised Cycle Carrier) I have 6 plain and three with cylinder B3. Add to this three miss cuts two of them plain and one cylinder B3, as it is miscut the B3 is top right of the pane rather than the norm of top left.

Here is a full list of issue one, If it has a tick I have it in my collection


I1 plain /
E1d plain /
I1 plain blind hole between stamps 3 & stamp 4 /
E1e plain /
E1 Plain blind hole left of stamp 3 /
E1f plain
E1 plain blind hole right of stamp 4 /
I1 cyl B3 /
E1d cyl B3
E1e cyl B3
I1 cyl B3 blind hole left of stamp 3 /
I1 cyl B3 blind hole right of stamp 4 /


Above left blind hole between stamp 3 & 4

Miss cuts

I1 Plain /
E1f plain
E1e plain
I1 plain blind hole between 3 &4 /
I1 cyl B3 blind hole on right /
I1 cyl B3 blind hole between 3 & 4
E1f cyl B3

Issue 2 Experimental Motor Van (April 94) and 3 Experimental Electric Mail Van (September 94) do not have any miss cut booklets listed in the MCC book.  Besides that I only have one plain copy of both and these are perf I1.




Although these two booklets are both listed with blind holes in the different positions I do not own any at this time. Something for me to work on at a later date. The full list and catalogue values of all these can be found in the MCC and Bookmark Catalogues.

Check your copies people, you may have something of value (up to £200) just sitting there waiting to be discovered.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Mathews Miniature Sheets


I now have lots of  spare time on my hands, so what an opportunity to spend some of it selling my surplus material. Below is the first on offer. Over the coming days and weeks there will be several more. All material for sale is virus free and post office fresh.


I have a few of these for sale so if you missed out on the issue or need another copy get in touch. gbmachins@gmail.com

The Royal Mail celebrated Stamp show 2000 in May 2000. This miniature sheet featuring eight stamps illustrating the colour palate of designer Jeffery Mathews was issued for the occasion.
Mathews colour Palate was started  in 1984 provisionally to return stamps to the original concept of a lighter tone for the head on a solid background. The eight stamps depicted are from his palate. It also has two labels.

The upper label shows the shield and crest of the post office whilst the lower is a visual pun of his palate showing the eight colours of the stamps depicted along with a monogram of his initials - JM. The sheet was printed by De La Rue Security Printers.

I am trying to keep the price realistic, The asking price £4.49 each + postage with protected stiff packing.

£1.00p UK
£1.70p  Europe
£2.00p World Zones 1 & 2

Just email me with your postal address, this will secure them. I will send you details of how to pay via pay pal by return email.

Thank you for looking.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Royal Mail issues statement over how UK coronavirus lockdown affects your post




At the moment Post Offices and delivery centers are to remain in service. If you need to use the postal services, such as post boxes or Post office counters, do so when yourself or a family member goes out to buy essential foods or medicines.

Buying and selling on eBay and other online auction sites may be a good way of passing the time during the long enforced lock down. We all complain that we have so little time to enjoy our hobby, so the stay at home period may be the ideal time to get back into the swing of things. Keep busy and enjoy your stamps.

The statement was issued over how your post will be affected by the UK's coronavirus lockdown.

The Royal Mail have assured Brits "The postal service is a key part of the UK's infrastructure"

The statement was issued on Tuesday March 24, just hours after Boris Johnson imposed a UK lockdown amid the Coronavirus crisis.

 The delivery of parcels and letters is a way of keeping the country together, businesses operating, and helping many people who may not have the option  to leave their homes"

The statement adds "We will continue to work hard to collect, process and deliver as much mail and parcels as possible in difficult circumstances. We will  continue providing the best delivery service for you and protect the health of our people and customers. We are constantly monitoring and reviewing resources and procedures "

The statement continues "We have provided guidance to our people to help prevent the spread of infection"

"We are doing so in the line with preventative guidance from Public Health Authority"

"We  have also made a series of adjustments to our parcel handling procedures. We are keeping our ways of working under continuous review"

There we have it from the horses mouth , so people, keep on Stamping.