A round-up of news from various sources including regular contributors and the Royal Mail Philatelic Bureau. Thanks to all who have sent information or links.
Another Museum from the Navy Group.
Royal Mail have announced that a new Post and Go machine will go live at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton in Somerset 'later this month', ie March 2015. The inscription will be 'The FAAM'. This is expected to be machine A004, retired from mobile/exhibition use. According to the IAR website, collectors and dealers visiting the (Salisbury) stamp fair at Andover on 14/15 March should not expect to find the machine running at Yeovilton that weekend.
More information and pictures in due course. We will not be stocking these.
30th Asian International Stamp Exhibition Taipei 24-28 April
According to the Philatelic Bulletin a Post and Go machine will be at Taipei but will not be dispensing stamps. It will be part of the International Security Printers stand, and will dispense non-postal commemorative labels.
These will not be available from Royal Mail Tallents House. We look forward to showing examples if any of our contributors are going to Taipei. (See note at end.)
70th Anniversary of VE Day
Machines A002 and A005, located at Portsmouth's National Museum of the Royal Navy and Southsea's Royal Marines Museum respectively will carry the additional inscription 'VE Day 70' from 8 May to 29 May 2015.
Given the installation of A004 at Yeovilton in March it would be surprising if the Fleet Air Arm Museum did not also mark this anniversary.
We will not be stocking these.
International Stamp Exhibition Essen 7 - 9 May
Royal Mail will be attending the Essen show for the first time on 7-9
May 2015. Union Flag and Machin designs will be available on machine
A006 with a ‘Messe Essen 7-9 May 2015’ overprint.
Guernsey Post will
also attend with machine GG01, vending the Guernsey Flag and Union Flag
Unlike the shows at Melbourne and Philakorea no GB versions will be made available from Tallents House. We will not be stocking these, but we have a contact who will take orders for Taipei and Essen. Please ask if you are interested.