Thursday, 19 October 2017

Star Wars Custom Booklets

There is not much happening on the Machin scene at the moment, some say it has been a quiet year regarding  new issues.

Ealier Last Month I mentioned two Star Wars custom booklets that were due to be released on 12th October. I now have the images and stamp details for these issues.

The Machin 1st class stamps are of the deeper shade of red (which seems  to be the norm now). The codes are the same as  previous 2017 custom booklets MCIL / M17L so these will not be classed as new  stamps. However the the wavy line backing substrate does have the reversed / upright /inverted text format. I believe this is the the only custom booklet to date to use this.
I dare say all future custom booklets will follow suit.

Me personally I do not think it alters the stamp in any way as it is not part of the stamp design but collectors of booklets like any small deviation from the norm and will no doubt be searching for normal upright booklets among the packs.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

GB Machins Website Closes Down

It is with regret that I am cosing down my web site GB Machins. Over the past months I have had many headaches trying to rectify problems with the site and no end of trouble with the server.

Above is one of the banners designed for the old web site

So much  time has been dedicated to this site in the past, but unfortunately I no longer have this time to keep up with the changes needed to update the pages. Add the server problems to the equation and I do feel it is time to let the site die. If you have a link to the website please delete it when you have time.

It is not the end of the world though, so do not to worry.

We still have this Machin Mania blog which has been on line now for over 10 years. It has tons of Machin related information in the archives and will continue to run with all the news of future issues for a long time to come.

I must admit it is much easier to control and add new content via a blog. I also have the help of Larry Rosenblum who writes some great stuff.

Once again for those regular visitors to the old site, I say sorry. Please do continue to visit here, read up on our latest musings and leave your comments as usual.

Many Thanks Roy.....

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Deegam Profiles Are Back!

I'm sure most of our readers are familiar with Douglas Myall's Deegam system of identifying and cataloging the Machins, and the accompanying Handbook. One of his innovations was profiles - stamp-sized labels that contain enough information to identify an individual stamp. I had been using them for my own collection. 

Roy wrote about the Deegam system here, and the Deegam web page is here. Details about the profiles are here.

I wrote about them three years ago, on the sad occasion when Myall decided to stop publishing the profiles. They were time-consuming to create and apparently not enough people were interested in them to make it worthwhile to continue creating them. 

I started making my own, but the tool I used to do it (Microsoft Word) was crude for that purpose, and time-consuming was certainly the case for me, too.

Recently, Myall has been beset with health problems, so the stewardship of the Deegam system has been turned over to Gerry Fisk and Hanns Fasching, two long-time Machin experts. They have been bringing everything up to date and making some changes and improvements as well. 

Recently, they announced that they were bringing back the profiles. They have found a way to create them more easily. They are doing ones for new issues and are working on doing the ones that were missed.

I am very pleased to have them back, and I wrote a brief note to Gerry to tell him so. If you have also been using the Deegam system and profiles and are happy to see them return, do let Gerry know. His email is

And if you are interested in starting to use the Deegam system, go to the Deegam web site for details on how to get the Handbook.