Saturday, 23 September 2017

Deegam Profiles Are Back!

I'm sure most of our readers are familiar with Douglas Myall's Deegam system of identifying and cataloging the Machins, and the accompanying Handbook. One of his innovations was profiles - stamp-sized labels that contain enough information to identify an individual stamp. I had been using them for my own collection. 

Roy wrote about the Deegam system here, and the Deegam web page is here. Details about the profiles are here.

I wrote about them three years ago, on the sad occasion when Myall decided to stop publishing the profiles. They were time-consuming to create and apparently not enough people were interested in them to make it worthwhile to continue creating them. 

I started making my own, but the tool I used to do it (Microsoft Word) was crude for that purpose, and time-consuming was certainly the case for me, too.

Recently, Myall has been beset with health problems, so the stewardship of the Deegam system has been turned over to Gerry Fisk and Hanns Fasching, two long-time Machin experts. They have been bringing everything up to date and making some changes and improvements as well. 

Recently, they announced that they were bringing back the profiles. They have found a way to create them more easily. They are doing ones for new issues and are working on doing the ones that were missed.

I am very pleased to have them back, and I wrote a brief note to Gerry to tell him so. If you have also been using the Deegam system and profiles and are happy to see them return, do let Gerry know. His email is

And if you are interested in starting to use the Deegam system, go to the Deegam web site for details on how to get the Handbook.


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

It has been one of those days today, this morning I fell out of bed still half asleep, put the coffee on and boiled my self an egg, I looked for the bread to make toast, I cut it into soldiers and dip (usually). No bread, so a soggy egg on its own is my start to the day.

The Mrs asks me to go to the shops to get some provisions and makes a list. I can understand we needed bread but Head & Shoulders shampoo!!.

I ask her what on earth do we need that for??

Let me explain.

I was cruising eBay sometime earlier and came across something that made me scratch my head, she thought I had dandruff (hence the shampoo)

This is what made me scratch, described as a mis perforated coil strip. Scratch, Scratch, Scratch the seller is asking £20.00 for it. More Scratching!!

Do not be fooled by these I have seen tons of them over the years, the extra perforations on each side are teeth marks from the vending machine, they are worth perhaps a pound each at the most.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Christmas Comes Early

Since the Anniversary Of The Machin we have not had a lot to write about. For those of us who collect new issues there have been a couple of reports of new stamps with a 17 code. Namely a 2nd class business sheet. I think a printing of a 2nd class large MFIL. Other than these it has been very quiet.

October will bring us a pair of retail booklets with the 40th anniversary of Star Wars 2 x different special issues will be included in each of the booklets. The 1st class definitives will not be new, but if you collect booklets these will on your shopping list.

In December (14th) christmas will come early in the shape of another prestige booklet this will also carry the theme of Star Wars and it will be packed with lots of new special issues and a few of the old Star Wars from the previous issue. There will be a mixed Machin pane with the code M17/MPIL.

I have been informed the Machins will be 4 x 1st class, 2 x 2nd class and 2 x £1.40p values. Not that inventive but 3 new Machins is 3 new Machins, the rest twenty six pages of Star Wars, YUK! 

Merry Christmas everyone & happy collecting