Friday, 30 April 2010
What's in a name?
Looking through the April issue of the British Philatelic Bulletin, I noticed that the upcoming 11-Machin-plus-label souvenir sheet is being called the "Jeffery Matthews philatelic stamps sheet."
The description notes that "this unique sheet features all of the gummed stamps in the Jeffery Matthews colour palette."
Well, I guess by saying "gummed stamps" they get to exclude the 50p and £1, which are now only available in the self-adhesive security version. And they (fortunately!) didn't include the high values, which technically are not on sale.
The two colors used for non-denominated stamps, gold for first class and light/bright blue for second class, were not developed by Matthews.
Still, even though Matthews designed the colors (and the numerals!), it is still Arnold Machin's portrait and overall design. I think a better name would be the "Arnold Machin philatelic stamp sheet." Do you?
By the way, here is the somewhat similar souvenir sheet issued during The Stamp Show 2000. This sheet was in fact designed by Matthews, who picked the stamps from the then-current selection and designed the rest of the sheet, including the two labels.
PS I'm off to London for the big show.