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.


Monday, 17 April 2017

Thanks Go To FDC Producers

Today I wish to give thanks to producers of modern fist day of issue covers for giving us a glimpse of issues which for what ever reason dealers and bloggers like Ian Billings who have prior knowledge are forbidden to do. Thanks Ian we understand the reasons why (or why not) and also for what you do allow us to see.

Tony Buckingham and Adrian Bradbury are two cover producers who come directly to mind. I often refer to Adrian's cover designs (BFDC) which I admire greatly and thank him for sharing these with us. We now have a permanent link directed to his site.

As far as the 50th Anniversary of the Machin definitive goes Tony Buckingham does one better. As well as showing the miniature sheets he also gives us an insight to all the complete panes from the forth coming prestige booklet and the anniversary booklet of six x 1st class with the corresponding anniversary label. As a thank you to Tony a permanent link to Buckingham Covers will also be added to our links section.
Another website I admire is that of  Machins of Great Britain by Robin Harris / Adminware Corporation. Not only is this a valuable insight to every Machin issued with diagrams and images galore. It also gives the average to medium Machin collector advise and free up to date album pages to download in pdf form. There is also a pdf (also free) with advise and information simplifying the Machin. I have made a mental note to visit robins site more often.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Latest Stats

If you are a regular visitor you may have noticed a slight change to the header of the blog. As it is almost the 50th anniversary of our our favorite Icon i have reflected this in the design.

It is also 10 years since we started this blog so I have updated the header and text to reflect this.

Whilst I was in the settings mode I decided to have a look at some of the stats available to me. As the Machin is British I was bemused  to find that most of our readers come from the USA.

Many thanks to our American friends for your interest and also all our other readers where ever you are in the world. Have a nice Easter holiday.

Here is the lowdown on the the latest trending

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I would also once again say thank you to Larry for his valuable input and all the regular readers who visit and leave their comments.

I have also added a couple of links to sites of interest. If you have time please check them out.

Thanks once again.
Happy anniversary......Roy