Robert Bostock sent me a note informing me that the Bookmark Journal dealt with this same subject. So I had seen it before. It just got lost in the grey matter. Thanks to Robert and the Modern British Philatelic Circle I can produce the article from February 2008 Volume 37 No. 4 of ‘The Bookmark’ Journal entitled Members News JAPEX ‘07
The Circle has a thriving membership in Japan. While few in number, they help to promote GB philately within the Japan Philatelic Society in a big way. Member Ikuo Ikehara was member of the organising committee of JAPEX ‘07 and he and other members of the British Stamp Study Group of JPS mounted a special 40 frame exhibit of Machins to celebrate 40 years of Machins.
The Group also arranged a special overprint of a Boots label and produced a special cover to mark the occasion. The label is that issued by The Post Office in 1995 which includes a 1st-class fame defnitive with phosphor bars reacting blue under UV.
The label (above) and two variants of the special cover are illustrated here. The one with the three different 1st-class Machins tied with three different hand stamps is particularly attractive.
Many thanks to Ikuo who keeps us in the picture and who sent the label and covers.