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H e l l o !! great britain stampWe try to be the web's number 1 resource for up-to-date news about new stamps of Great Britain, and new special postmarks, many pictorial and of interest to thematic or topical collectors.

Now that we have the 2017 programme, we know that collecting will continue to be expensive, especially for Machin collectors as it is the 50th anniversary of the original issue. For the first time in some years we had a Europa stamp in the Windsor Castle set in February.  There is still one issue in November for which we are not permitted to provide details, but as the Isle of Man and other territories have already publicised their stamps for the same 'event'. 

The 2018 stamp programme will not be announced by Royal Mail until around 29 December due to limitations on the first issue, which will be around 20th January.
As it is much quicker for us to write a blog entry than to update a website, our very latest news will usually be on our blog. The last 4 blog entries are summarised in the column to the right.

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If you need anything for your collection which isn't shown here - please ask, we may have it. Our webshop has stamps, fdcs, booklets, postal stationery, world postal history, maximum cards, picture postcards, with integrated shipping and payment facilities.

We also have a site devoted to the stamps and postal history of the countries of the Former Soviet Union in the 1990s. This is a fascinating area of modern postal history and we hope to find time away from GB new issues to develop this site to show material from Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Lithuania etc, as well as Belarus which is already shown.  You can see it here.

Great Britain Postage due stamps 1994.WANTED! 1994 Postage Due/To Pay stamps

For my personal collection I am  interested in buying examples of the 1994 issue 'To Pay' stamps properly used on cover or parcel piece.
The values issued are 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 25p, £1, £1.20 & £5, all in the same design.
Please email.


The next Norfolk & Norwich Philatelic Society Stamp and Postcards Fairs will be in 2018 Details will be here

Regular Norwich Stamp Fair back at the Brook Hotel Bowthorpe Sundays every other month from
  January to November 2017 Click here for details

Regular King's Lynn Stamp Fair Saturdays every other month - February - December 2017 added  Click here for details

Star Wars Prog stamp.

The website has been updated with A new page for the 2017 Christmas stamp issue which includes 8 stamps with a religious theme and four from the Children's Competition winners.

Our Machin Security Checklist has been updated to 17 July, incorporating information contained the latest SG Concise Catalogue, and can be downloaded here.

NB: Our shop will be closed for 2 weeks from 27 October 2017.

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Machin 50th Anniversary products including first day covers
Selection of maximum cards
Star Wars 2017 booklets & FDC 

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New in our shop:

1st class deep scarlet definitives
1st Large deep scarlet definitive stamp. 

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Pages for GB Stamp Issues.

Great Britain Stamps - issue programme for 2017

Links to stamp issues for

      Tyne Cot Cemetery Stamp. Stamp showing Horby Trains Royal Mail TPO. International-airmail.  Star Wars BB-8 stamp.
17 January Ancient Britain 
6 February 65th Anniversary of the Accession - £5 Machin definitive 
15 February Windsor Castle set and miniature sheet 
15 February Post and Go Postal Heritage: Mail by Rail 
14 March Music Giants II - David Bowie
21 March New tariff - new Machin and Country Definitives
6 April Racehorse Legends
4 May Songbirds
24 May Exhibition Generic Sheet: Finlandia 2017  
5 June Machin Definitive 50th anniversary - Miniature sheets, prestige stamp book and retail book
5 June Machin Anniversary Post and Go
13 June HRH The Princess Royal Commemorative Sheet  
20 June Windmills and Watermills 
30 June Celebrating Canada Commemorative sheet   
13 July Landmark Buildings  
31 July World War I (1917)  
22 August Classic Toys 
13 September Post and Go Postal Heritage: Mail by Air
13 September Commemorative Sheet: Opening of The Postal Museum - postponed from the spring.
14 September Ladybird Books
12 October Star Wars (again) New icon.
7 November Christmas
15 November Generic Sheet: Lunar New Year of the Dog
20 November To be confirmed
Star Wars Chewbacca 1st day postmark. New Postmark showing  logo and the Postal Museum.

Great Britain Special Pictorial Postmarks not associated with new stamp issues

Royal Mail's Postmark Bulletins are now available for free download

Permanent special and pictorial postmarks
16 May 2017

Other special postmarks
6 October


Smartstamps launched - 15 January 2004

1st class Smartstamp in EnglishRoyal Mail launched the 'Smartstamp' - a stamp which can be printed from personal computers in homes and businesses throughout the country. Read more about the system and see examples here.

Fee-free online postage launched 19 September 2006

Royal Mail launched a new online postage facility today which, unlike Smartstamps, has no monthly or annual facility fee and, unlike Smartstamps, is not restricted to people who use Internet Explorer as their browser.
The 'stamp' impression is the same as for the latest Smartstamps version. Behind the address the service is printed in microprint. You can see a sample cover here - click Back to get back to this page.

In October 2015 Royal Mail announced that the Smartstamps system would be closed from 31 December 2015.  See discussion on the blog, by system users.

In August 2017, the closure of Online Postage was announced for March 2018.

Christmas postal delivery by Scouts

1982 Sheffield Scout Stamp showing BPAlthough Royal Mail had a monopoly on the delivery of mail, since 1981 charity groups, principally Scouts, Guides and Church Groups have been permitted to arrange the collection and distribution of greetings cards each year for a limited period before Christmas.
See a selection of Scout Christmas Post Stamps here.

Special Delivery postage paid labelRoyal Mail Postage Labels

Click here to read more about this new phase of modern postal history. Updated 22 September 2003 with labels in new typeface and layout.  

In 2009, labels with the Machin head were used for Special Delivery items at just one post office in London. See Machin Horizon Label page. (In need of updating - see blog meanwhile.)

News about Great Britain new stamps and postmarks with links to this site will be announced on
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