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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, as well as all the new postmarks, many of them pictorial and of interest to thematic or topical collectors.

The cost of each individual stamp set has risen from £5 or less five years ago to at least £10 a set now.  And restructuring of international airmail rates meant £14-worth of new definitives for the new postage rates.  For the first time in some years there is no Europa issue.  The programme for 2016 is shown at the end of this column.

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 new webshop has stamps, fdcs, postal stationery, world postal history, maximum cards, picture postcards, AND integrated shipping and payment facilities.

Our other site is 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.

Royal Mail 2016 stamp programme:

7 January
Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition

28 January
Duke of Ediinburgh Awards 60th Ann
Commemorative Sheet
17 February
Royal Mail 500

Post+Go Royal Mail Heritage
18 February
Penny Red Generic Sheet and
Royal Mail Heritage PSB

15 March
British Humanitarians

New definitives for tariff change

5 April
William Shakespeare (400th Ann of Death)

21 April
HM The Queen's 90th Birthday

25 April
ANZAC - World War I
Commemorative Sheet
17 May

28 May
New York 2016 FIP Exhibition
Exhibition sheet
21 June
First World War - 1916
Including PSB
7 July
Music Giants

28 July
Beatrix Potter

16 August
Landscape Gardens

2 Sept
Great Fire of London

14 Sept
Post+Go Ladybirds

15 Sept
Agatha Christie
Probably including PSB
14 October
Battle of Hastings 950 years
Commemorative Sheet
20 October

8 Nov

14 Nov
Post+Go Hibernating Animals

15 Nov
Lunar New Year of the Rooster
Generic Sheet

UPDATE 16 November 2015Detail from red squirrel stamp.

We have added postmarks to the Star Wars page for the issue date of the Prestige Stamp Book.  New postmarks have also been added to the Miscellaneous and Permanent postmarks pages.  The programme for 2016 is shown at the end of the previous column.

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Star Wars stamps, FDCs & Maximum Cards
New Post and Go Faststamps - MA15 Poppy, Lion, Sea Travel
Machin Security Stamps 2015 printings

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The next Norfolk & Norwich Philatelic Society Stamp and Postcards Fairs will be 9 April & 6 August 2016 Details will be here

Regular Norwich Stamp Fair Sundays every other month from
  January & May to November 2016 Click here for details

Regular King's Lynn Stamp Fair Saturdays every other month - dates for 2016 added  Click here for details

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Pages for GB Stamp Issues.

Great Britain Stamps - issue programme for 2015

Links to stamp issues for

   Details from Syndey Harbour Sea Travel Post and Go stamp. Rugby World Cup stamp. Darth Vader Sky Wars stamp.

6 January

Alice in Wonderland     Buy in our shop
20 January New Greetings/Smilers in MS,  retail booklet & generic sheet
18 February Post and Go Faststamps Working Sail
19 February Inventive Britain set and PSB 
5 March British Bridges 
18 March Commemorative Sheet - The Post Office Rifles, World War1 Centenary  [Error of date corrected]
24 March New Machin and Country definitives for changed postage rates  
1 April Comedy Greats set and retail booklet
17-18 April Post and Go machines at 86th Scottish Congress, Perth 
24 April Commemorative sheet: Anthony Trollope Bicentenary 
6 May 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black (MS), including retail booklet, press sheet, generic sheet, medal cover 
7-9 May Post and Go machines at Essen International Stamp Fair
13 May Post and Go Faststamps - Heraldic Beasts (Europhilex) 
13 May Europhilex London 2015 Exhibition sheet with Hello stamp.
13 May Europhilex miniature sheet - Additional inscription on Penny Black sheet
14 May First World War Centenary (Europhilex) 
2 June Magna Carta 800th Anniversary 
18 June Battle of Waterloo Bicentenary 
4 July Post and Go machines at Midpex, Warwickshire Exhibition Centre
16 July Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary  
14-19 August Post and Go machines at Singpex, Singapore
18 August Bees set and miniature sheet, and retail booklet 
20 August Commemorative Sheet: The Gurkhas - Commemorating 200 years of service. 
9 September Long To Reign Over Us - HM Queen Elizabeth II, the Longest Reigning Monarch.  
16 September Post and Go Faststamps - Sea Travel (Stampex)  
17 September Commemorative Sheet - Animals of World War I  
18 September Rugby World Cup set and retail booklet (Stampex)    
20 October Star Wars: The Force Awakens  
29-31 October Post and Go machines at Sindelfingen, Germany  
3 November Christmas  Icon - updated.
6-9 November Post and Go machines at Paris, France  
9 November Lunar New Year of the Monkey - Generic Sheet  Icon: new.
16 November Post and Go Faststamps - Winter Fur and Feathers (1st and 2nd class)  Icon - updated.
17 December Star Wars Prestige Stamp Book  Icon: new.

The Stamp Programme for 2016 is listed in column 1 in section 1.

Bethlehem Angel Postmark.Postmark showing logo of the BPMA.

Great Britain Special Pictorial Postmarks not associated with new stamp issues

Permanent special and pictorial postmarks
16 November 2015

Other special postmarks
  16 November 2015


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. It even runs on Apple Mac systems, and with Mozilla Firefox.
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 Decmber 2015 due to it not being compatible with the latest operating systems and browsers.

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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