Saturday, 10 September 2011

Stampex Continued

Last week I wrote a little about some of the GB stamps and products that would be available at the show. Today I would like to coninue on the Stampex theme.

Most will know this year’s Autumn Stampex will be held at Islington Business Design Centre from 14–17 September. As well as Royal Mail many dealers and stamp distributors will attend the show.

However Stampex is not just about dealers and new issues . I have been informed that The Friends of the BPMA will be manning Stand 20 throughout the event. Here on sale you can get their new postcard packs plus a selection of other products.

The BPMA, have stated

"This year’s stand will look better than ever – decorated with a range of memorable images from their own collection."

They continue with a statement informing us that "it is important to us to work with philatelists, philatelic traders and postal history enthusiasts to ensure we develop our services in line with what you want, and to enable us to keep caring for these collections for generations to come – and we need your help! We know Stampex is a date which will be in many of our followers’ diaries and we’d like to meet as many of you as can we while we’re there this September."

If you are one of the ones who are attending this event why not join them a drink at Stampex and tell them what you think!

Whether you’d like to find out more about what’s in their philatelic vault, how you can see it, or other services – or simply wish to tell them what you like about them, or what they could do better, then they would love to speak to you – please drop by for a drink and say hello!

A Machin collectors bonus.

You can have A chance to win a signed copy of A Timeless Classic: The Evolution of Machin’s Icon by The BPMA’s Philatelic Curator Douglas N. Muir.

Staff from the BPMA will be at Stampex across the 4 day event so please do come and find them.

Any visitors to the Friends’ stand also have the opportunity to win a copy of one of their most popular books, A Timeless Classic: The Evolution of Machin’s Icon, signed by the author! Just drop a business card in the pot to enter the prize draw.

We have covered this book before, but for those who have not heard of it here is a brief rundown.

The evolution of Machin’s icon include a foreword by Tony Benn (Postmaster General 1964–66), who instigated the revolution in British stamp design in the mid 1960s. There is an introduction by David Gentleman, the foremost stamp designer of the period and collaborator with Benn in the design revolution; and finally a personal note from a memoir by Francis Machin, Arnold Machin’s son.

This book is well-researched and its examination of the development of a British icon makes for riveting reading.

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