Monday 9 May 2016

Post and Go stamps update - May 2016

I've been too busy to track Post and Go news via eBay, which is where most of the new discoveries end up, so my thanks to the readers who sent these snippets.

Machine M001 - BFPO

An unannounced change has been made to M001 based at the BFPO in RAF Northolt, possibly yesterday.  A logo has been added, but without any inscription.  This strip was spotted offered by 'loopy.lad' on eBay, item number 152083539206.

UPDATE 16 May. This particular strip (face value £3.30) sold for £127, with 8 bidders. If the seller has regular access to the machine then clearly he can replicate this almost at will for as long as the demand is there - and when demand drops to zero, he can use is stamps for postage!

The image is of a statue which shows a soldier of the Great War (1914-18) reading a letter.

The original statue by sculptor Charles Sargeant Jagger (1885-1934) stands on Platform 1 at Paddington Station, London. The statue was simply called Soldier Reading a Letter and was erected as a memorial to the men and women of the Great Western Railway Company who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars.

A replica, named "Letter from Home" , was at Inglis Barracks, Mill Hill, previous HQ of the Defence Postal and Courier Services.  It was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth II, during her visit on 16 July 1982.  It is now outside the BFPS HQ at RAF Northolt, and is affectionately known as "The Flasher".

Battle of Jutland inscription on Royal Navy Museum machines
Royal Mail's Post and Go website reports that machines at all Royal Navy sites will carry a ‘Battle of Jutland’ inscription from 31 May 2016 until 30 June 2016.

Scottish Congress 2016
John Embrey reports that the inscription problem which affected the Euro 20g/World 10g on tariff change (and described here) affected the stamps produced from machine B001 for the Scottish Congress.  As this took place over two weeks after the tariff change problems were solved elsewhere, they really should not have recurred at Perth, and suggests that Royal Mail still haven't really got a handle on preventing Pand G errors.  If anybody has an an image I will be pleased to add it.
UPDATE: several people have sent images (thank you all) - there is more to this story than meets the eye, so for the time being, here are two pictures of the error

Jersey Post
Jersey's Broad Street JE02 machine will commemorate the 100th Muratti Vase, an annual football competition played between Alderney, Guernsey and Jersey.  The inscription 100th Muratti Vase will be added to the Jersey Crest stamps from 14 May until 14 June 2016.  At the same time the Jersey flag stamp will be replaced with the Protected Species.  These will not have the football inscription.

At World Stamp Show NY-16, taking place from 28 May to 4 June in New York, Jersey's JE01 machine will dispense Jersey Flag and Crest stamps with an additional inscription.  The Crest stamps will also feature the exhibition logo - the Statue of Liberty.


  1. Ian

    So what is "more to this than meets the eye"?
    B1 stamps are produced in advance of the event.
    One possibility is that they were produced around the time of the error on the Museum m/cs
    Another possibility is that TH had not carried out the software update which corrected the error you previously reported. I believe the locations have to initiate software updates.

    John embrey

    1. I agree with John. I think these stamps would have been produced in advance at about the time this error occurred on other machines of this type. All the advanced orders were in for the Perth Congress so I guess it was a matter of get the job done. A pity it was not checked at the time of printing.

  2. Battle of Jutland - will this be on Fleet Air Arm which is techically a Royal Navy Museum? It is not clear on Royal Mail site but GSM do not include in in the museums listed

    John Embrey

  3. Battle of Jutland overprints of the Machin Head P&Gs. Date Codes so far are: No Year Code (Royal Navy), MA13 (Fleet Air Arm) and MA15 (Royal Marines). Not seen the RN Submarine ones yet. Possibly other combinations may arise later.

  4. Battle of Jultand Machin P&Gs update. Royal Navy also exists as MA15 and Royal Marines as MA13.

  5. RN Submarine is MA13 (so far!).

  6. RN Submarine is now also MA15.


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