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Monday 31 July 2023

New King Charles III Horizon Labels

Today 31st July 2023 is the last day of validity for the old style Machins without a barcode. So it is now an official fact and a sad day. It is also guaranteed that we will see no more Machin new issues.  I am sure we said the same thing about wildings so scrub the word guaranteed. You never know with Royal Mail.

What will all us die hard Machin collectors do now?  Fill gaps? Start a new Machin theme?. Or move on with the times?

One idea is to start a Charles III collection, but not everyone likes the new definitive stamps with the added barcodes. You could start a new Horizon Label collection. These are now starting to appear in Post Offices around my area. 

 Below is a scan of what to expect,  two of these were kindly given to me by my local post mistress. A unused  tĂȘte-bĂȘche pair of the new labels now on sale.  I have no intention of collecting Charles III stamps so they will  end up on eBay for a couple of pounds.  A nice starter for someone.

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