Friday, 13 August 2010
Faststamps Lose Their Head
Their Machin head, that is.
About two years ago, the Machin world was all aflutter with the introduction of postage labels featuring the Machin portrait. They are variously called Faststamps and Post & Go labels (after the name of the machine from which they are purchased). One is pictured above.
Now, Royal Mail has announced that the Machin design will be replaced with pictorial images of birds, starting on September 17. The new labels are pictured on Ian Billings' blog here and on the Postage Labels UK site here.
At the time the Machin labels were released, Royal Mail said that the use of the Machin design was to have a consistent brand image across all its products.
Now, I guess the Royal Mail brand has gone to the birds.
And for Machin collectors, the Post & Go labels have Come & Gone.