Sunday, 19 June 2022

We are taking another break, from 20-27 June. 

The e-commerce site will stay open and orders will be dealt with quickly on our return.  

Thank you for orders from the Booklets list. Some sections are sold out, for others we still have good stocks, at bargain prices.

Regional Machins will overtake booklet panes that I suggested would be in the next list.  I was hoping to have produced that by now but family matters have been something of a distraction.

Meanwhile the 2022 edition of SG's GB Concise catalogue has been published and they have already changed some numbers for the datamatrix stamps (V-numbers), so I have to examine these carefully and update the Norvic Machin Checklist.  

I'll be doing a write-up of that, and the new edition of the Complete Machin Stamp Catalogue.  

Please do not phone and leave messages until 28 June.  Thank you.

Friday, 17 June 2022

Old Machins now off sale

A reminder to everyone, as I have just been reminded the hard way myself, that all old-style Machins are now off sale from Tallents House - although there are reports that many PO branches are still selling them.

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Booklet list updated - version 4.

A revised (version 4) list of earlier booklet stock has been added for download here.

This includes some new stock and amendments to the earlier list.

Please take a look in case you need any for collections - there is a good range of cylinder numbers, in some cases more than one for a specific booklet.

Thursday, 9 June 2022

Updated 2022 Stamp Issue programme from Royal Mail

My thanks to John H who commented on the annual programme post that a revised list is now on Royal Mail's website.

Royal Mail stamp issues 2022, updated in June; still not complete


This confirms what many of us have known for a long time, namely that the 1 September issue is entitled Transformers.  As John writes: "I bet it doesn't mean people who have transformed our lives in some way.

The other issue confirmed now is for Pride.  Why Royal Mail couldn't issue this striking set of stamps (yes, I already have them) in PRIDE MONTH instead of after it finishes, is anybody's guess.  It would have been easy to switch with the non-event-related Cats issue, after all, especially as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride event in the UK.  

This year the Pride in London parade will be held on Saturday 2nd July 2022 and I suspect Royal Mail may well be giving out specially overprinted Stamp Cards suggesting people should also buy the stamps *.

I can't show you the UK stamps yet, but here are a few which less conservative issue policies have produced in previous years.

What is said to be the first stamp issued with an explicit LGBTQ-related theme was issued on 3 July 2010.  It celebrates fifteen years of the Rainbow Parade held annually on the Vienna Ring Road at the end of the annual Vienna Pride festival, organized by the Homosexual Initiative Vienna (HOSI Wien). 

2010 Austria stamp making 15 years of the Rainbow Parade in Vienna.

In 2016 both Sweden and Netherlands issued Pride related stamps, Sweden's showing the Pride flag and Netherlands making EuroPride 2016 in Amsterdam.

Sweden inland letter stamp showing Pride flag, 2016.

Netherlands pair of inland stamps marking EuroPride 2016.

In 2017 Denmark issued a pair of 8kr stamps showing Pride Hearts.

Pair of Denmark 8kr stamps showing Pride Hearts, 017.

In 2020 Spain issued a single 1€ stamp to commemorate International LGBTQIA Pride Day and as a tribute to the victims of the 1971 Torremolinos Police Repression against gay-friendly clubs during the Franco era.

Spanish 1€ stamp 2020 marking International LGBTQIA Pride Day and the victims of the 1971 Torremolinos Police Repression

If you have an interest in this subject a long thread on Stampboards discussion forum is entitled LGBTQ History and Culture in Philately and on Stamps Discussion.  The thread is indeed wide-ranging and shows many stamps depicting "well known, openly gay / bisexual people".  Among those from the UK (or depicted on British stamps) are Elton John, Alan Turing, Virginia Woolf, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Alexander the Great, Sir John Gielgud, Miriam Margolyes, Benjamin Britain, Vita Sackville-West, Arthur C Clarke, Nicola Adams, David Hockney - the list goes on.  

A scroll through the six pages of illustrated discussion will show many British stamps and others depicting members of the British Royal Family - not for themselves, but for the fashion designers, photographers etc, with whom they are associated.  This would make an interesting sideline collection.

Although Royal Mail have painted postboxes and post vans in Pride colours and supported London's Pride Parade they are way behind when it comes to issuing Pride stamps, as the discussion shows.

* If you get, see, or hear of these, please do let me know with pictures.

Tuesday, 7 June 2022

June 2022 slogan postmarks and other interesting postal markings.

As was expected, and predicted the PLATINUM JUBILEE slogan which started on 28 May has continued into June.

Her Majesty's
Platinum Jubilee
70 Years of Service
Thank you ma'am

This example was on a letter we received today, from Greenford/Windsor Mail Centre 06/06/2022.

Platinum Jubilee slogan postmark used at Greenford/Windsor Mail Centre 06/06/2022

UPDATE 10 June: Royal Mail has marked the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the Fakland Islands with the latest slogan postmark.

40th Anniversary
Liberation of the
Falkland Islands
14 June 2022

Here is an example which arrived here this morning from Greenford/Windsor Mail Centre 08/06/2022 and we also have the same format sent by JE (Preston 09/06/2022) and LT (Sheffield 08/06/22).

Liberation of the Falklands 40th anniversary slogan postmark Greenford/Windsor Mail Centre 08/06/22

Liberation of the Falklands 40th anniversary slogan postmark Lancashire and South Lakes Mail Centre 09/06/22

Liberation of the Falklands 40th anniversary slogan postmark Sheffield Mail Centre 08/06/22

UPDATE: My thanks to JE for the 'other' format from the iLSM machine at Mount Pleasant Mail Centre on 10-06-2022 on a Mail Rail Platinum Jubilee Post and Go stamp.

Liberation of the Falklands 40th anniversary slogan postmark Mount Pleasant Mail Centre 10-06-2022

UPDATE 16 June:  The latest slogan arrived here today from Edinburgh, and I was sent one by RW from Tyneside Mail Centre.  It's the latest in Royal Mail's tie-up with the Greetings card industry.

Don't forget
Father's Day
Sunday 19 June

Don't forget Father's Day slogan postmark Tyneside NE/SR Mail Centre 15/06/2022

Don't forget Father's Day slogan postmark Edinburgh Mail Centre 15-06-2022



This is the place where all news about June postmarks - provided by readers or discovered by us - will be posted.  Please check back and refresh the page before sending anything which may have already been sent since you last looked: this will save you time scanning and writing.  Variants on postmarks already shown are welcome.

Friday, 3 June 2022

Platinum Jubilee Post and Go news.

To mark the Platinum Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II's accession, Royal Mail's Museum machines will dispense stamps with a new inscription from 3 June to 1 July. 

Images of The Postal Museum (TPM) output are shown on the post for 2022 news (see January lists).

Both the TPM press release and the Intelligent AR website indicate that all the other museum machines will also carry this inscription, although we have no news of the others.

"The overprint will be available on Royal Mail Post & Go kiosks Machin reel from Fri 3rd June 2022 – Fri 1st July 2022.

Overprint reads: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Kiosks: A002, A003, A004, A006, A007, A009, A010."

UPDATE: Commonwealth Stamps Opinion reports that IAR get it wrong once again at the Shakespeare machine A009 and shows a Machin stamp with the new inscription superimposed on their logo.