This is, believe it or not the two hundredth post on this blog. The first posting was on November 24th 2006 which dealt with Byfleet & Dunstable Printings types of paper and gums. A good record over approx eighteen months considering I was offline for a period of nine months or so.
A lot has happend in the Machin world over the last 18 months, to name but a few. Two rate rises, endless new issues from Prestige books, missing pound signs, 00 values, we also seen the 40th Anniversary Of The Machin Definitive come and go.
As this is an anniversary of sorts, I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to Larry Rosenblum GB Stamps USA for all his posts to date, I hope that he will continue to share his knowledge with us in the future. Also thanks to Allan Oliver for his insight into training bars. Allan still has updates on Machin training stamps to post, we will see these added as soon as he finds time.
Not forgetting the readers and people who leave comments, many thanks to you all, in a way it is also your blog, without you asking questions, or giving your opinions on what has been written to date we would not have a Machin blog. Lastly thanks to Douglas Myall for his brilliant handbook and Deegam Reports, you also have him to thank in a way as he was the person who got me seriously involved with these bits of coloured paper in the first place.
Please do continue to post your comments, ask questions or simply let us know what you would like us to write about. Here is a toast (cheers & thanks again) I look forward to the next 18 months , hopefully many many more Machin issues and another 200 posts.