Sunday 7 August 2011

Machin and De La Rue news.

Graham Howard reports on his Smilers-Info website that Adrian Bradbury has produced a Business Customised Sheet marking the Centenary of the Birth of Arnold Machin.  The sheet utilises the Union Flag stamp but each label shows two Machin stamps or preliminary artwork, and the surround shows the huge range of different uses to which the Machin portrait has been put on GB stamps.

This is a limited edition of only 500 and Machin collectors are sure to be interested.

On a related subject it has been reported that De La Rue will close two printing factories, including the Dunstable stamp-printing works, and transfer production to Gateshead.  As this is only a relocation and not a consolidation of other printer's operations it is unlikely to create the variations in stamps that occurred with previous moves, but may see more UK stamps being produced by Cartor, Walsall, or Enschede for a time.


  1. At 50 Quid a pop I should think only people with very deep pockets will want this one, as nice as it looks. No doubt it will still sell out though.

  2. It's called 'market pricing'. For less popular subjects or a longer print run then the retail price could be £30 - £35 but with less demand and a short print run the retail will be higher.


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