Since you are reading this blog, you know that the Machins are fun to collect. And you probably also know that you need some assistance in order to collect them to any depth beyond denomination and color.
Douglas Myall has been providing Machin guidance for over 40 years. His Deegam publications have been available for over 20 years. (The name Deegam comes from his initials, D. G. A. Myall.) His piece de resistance is The Complete Deegam Machin Handbook, an extremely thorough reference work that is available in book and CD-ROM format.
There are, of course, other reference works and publications, but many of us believe that Myall's work is the most comprehensive and easiest to use.
One of Myall's very helpful publications are his Deegam Reports, periodic updates that include new issues, new information about older issues, and various other topics. It also includes updates to the Handbook.
Deegam Reports are available to collectors who purchase the Handbook. Until recently, they have been delivered free by email or for a small charge for mailed, paper copies. (They are also distributed with the journal of the Modern British Philatelic Circle.)
Now, however, Myall has introduced a Deegam Publication web site at www.deegam.com. The web site provides a place for Handbook owners to download their own copies of Deegam Reports. Every Handbook owner gets a personal reference number (PRN) from Myall, and this number is used to download the reports. This distribution method replaces the emails, but paper copies are still available.
If you don't have the Handbook, the web site provides information about it and purchasing instructions. It also contains information about Deegam Profiles, which can be used to write up a Machin collection.
As a bonus, visitors to the web site can download a free copy of Myall's Priced Catalogue of Elizabeth Coil Leaders, 1954 to 1994.
The site is easy to navigate (just like the Handbook!) and will be of use to anyone who owns the Deegam publications or is interested in acquiring them.