Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Another new Machin and relocation update.

Machin update
I have had a single report of a new 1st class business sheet printed 04/05/2020.  I don't recall seeing this on any website or forum.  This report comes from the Home Counties, north of London, and any further reports are welcome.

I mentioned when describing the Queen retail booklet that the cover paper seemed thinner than previously.  Another collector (and editor) has confirmed this to be the case, and I can now say that the 2nd class book of 12 M20L also has the new thinner paper.  Obviously I can't demonstrate that here, and on single stamps it will be less obvious, but if you have a book, or block, I think you will find that it is a significant departure from the previous versions.



Relocation update
We are still waiting for a telephone line separate from our internet line, so it is not possible to phone the regular number and get a reply.  You can leave a message which will be picked up within 2-3 days.  WE will get more news at the end of this week, but still no idea when the line will be fixed.

I'm keeping the blog up to date as much as I can, but there is very little else going on in the office at present.  Emails are usually answered within 2-3 days as well, and I have removed the automatic out of office reply.

Blog update
Finally, a big thank you to our band of readers who have now pushed the blog-view counter past the 4 million mark!  That's pretty amazing!

4 comments:

  1. Another new machin on e bay the 1st class from books of 12 M20L MTIL ref:- 383627136931 from seller miscut

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  2. Having taken an engineering approach and with the aid of my trusty 0 to 1 Mic.(Micrometer) I can confirm the following:-

    Queen Booklet backing paper 0.004 ins thickness over stamp & backing paper 0.008 ins.
    Coronation St booklet backing paper 0.0045 ins thickness over stamp & backing paper 0.009 ins.
    Bond Booklet backing paper 0.0045 ins thickness over stamp & backing paper 0.009 ins.
    London 2020 booklet (6 x 1st) backing paper 0.0045 ins thickness over stamp & backing paper 0.009 ins.

    Therefore stamp and backing paper are now thinner.

    Regards - Stuart

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    1. Thank you Stuart. Could you please measure some 2018 and 2019 booklets?

      I've been told that the 2019 were the thinner type but I don't know of anybody who mentioned that last year. Your findings are eagerly awaited!

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  3. It is also interesting to see that the Queen booklet inside backing card surface is whiter when compared to the previous Coronation Street booklet.
    Also if the booklet is held up at a shallow angle to the light to examine the stamp background text, the stamps are different to those in the Coronation Street booklet.

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