Sunday, 15 November 2015


A letter to the editor in the November 30 issue of Linn's Stamp News called attention to this cinderella. It was done by artist Darren Cullen and was available at the Dismaland Bemusement Park. Dismaland was a temporary art project organized by the anonymous artist Banksy in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare from August 21 to September 27, 2015. It was described as a "sinister twist on Disneyland." 

Cullen calls this "Beheaded." The version above is a full-size print. The stamp-size version, shown below, is a little more, well, colorful.

I don't know anything more about it, but anyone who knows about this is welcome to elaborate in the comments.

Cullen is probably not aware of it, but one of the criticisms of the Edward VIII postage stamp design was that it looked like he had been beheaded.


Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Phosphor Coated Paper 1 Verses Phosphor Coated Paper 11

Even after years of debate and scrupulous studies the debate over these issues still goes on. What can we do or say to bring this debate to a satisfying conclusion?

I suggest we start with the actual production of the stamps.

Crazyh1 (Scott) writes on the Machin Forum " It is important to challenge established knowledge and apply scientific rigour to this review"

I have to agree with him, forget all this nonsense of the photo negative effect (this is unreliable) and remember that it was a production manifestation that brought about the variant, possibly or probably due to the amount of phosphor used in the initial coating of the paper and the actual printing process during production .

With the phosphor coating and the ink used in the actual printing, we can add the conditions during the drying process, here we have a scientific answer of sorts.

 IE:  The more ink used the greater the shiny effect to the finished article. I compare it to the similarity to variants of deep yellow or dull yellow of the phosphor bars when the OFNP  new issues were released and the trials and errors with the yellow phosphor compound when they first hit the Machin scene.

Please remember these are just my thoughts on this subject, hopefully without baffling you with to much science.

Here do we have a definitive answer? In layman's terms. Dull - PCP 1 (less ink) or Shiny - PCP 11 (more ink).

Dare I say it ?  I wager the debate will still go on.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

More Machin Booklets

My new fibre optic internet connection is still no nearer than it was when I last posted, in fact there is no sight of it and will now not be available until around christmas time.

Fortune has dropped on me though in the form of my new next door neighbour Hanns, He has a relyable connection via a satalite and he has allowed me to tap into it via his wifi, if you read this blog, many thanks Hanns.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been adding to my collection and stock via ebay offers. As usual I got bidding fever and I have purchased perhaps loads more booklets than I should have.

The extras 50p,  £1, £2 and lots of various counter booklets will be offered at competative prices via this blog in the new year. In the mean time If you have any requests to fill in your own gaps, please let me know by email what you need and I will see what I can do for you via private sales.

One ebay seller in particular by the name of Scott has been very helpful in supplying me with some great booklets in multiple deals and I must say "spectacular deals at that", filling in many gaps that I have.

I hope to post more content here soon, keeping my fingers crossed, and hoping this new wifi connection stays healthy.