For those of you who do not subscribe to the Philatelic Bulletin, I can pass on some interesting news via this blog. I know it is perhaps a bit early for March News but I may just add to this post later on.
First a blow up of the new 22p Machin showing the wrong perforations. This stamp is described as having the Matthews Palate colour "stone", but looks more of a sh***y brown shade to me.
A little late, Machine vended Machin fast stamps are to be issued in packs of 5 values from Royal Mail's Philatelic Bureau in Edinburgh. We wrote about these last October.
The third mixed Machin / Special issue booklet to contain Spitfire and Concorde stamps which we mentioned recently will now go on sale early next year (2010 ) . Perhaps the reason for this delay or date of issue change is the fact that a new (extra) booklet will be issued on 21st May this year.
This extra booklet is described in the Philatelic Bulletin as 4 x 1st definitives and two flower greetings stamps ( Iris Latifolia & Tulipia ). These could be the same designs as the 1997 greetings stamps, they will go on sale prices £2.34. If this the flower stamps are the same they will have a new catalogue number as they will be of the self adhesive type.
The booklet is to commemorate The 50th anniversary of NAFAS which is the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies. It is written that these will contain the security (slit) stamps and will be printed by Walsall Security Printers.