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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 means £14-worth of new definitives for the new postage rates.  There are at least 14 special issues, including to timed to coincide with both Stampex events and Europhilex, or London 2015. There are also four Post and Go issues.

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.

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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.


The next Norfolk & Norwich Philatelic Society STAMP & POSTCARD FAIRS will be Saturday 28th March and 1st August 2015 Details will be here

Regular Norwich Stamp Fair Sundays every other month from
  January to November 2015 Click here for details

Regular King's Lynn Stamp Fair Saturdays every other month - dates for 2015 added UPDATED gif. Click here for details

Tees Transport Bridge thumbnail.UPDATED 20 March 2015
Extra postmarks have been added to the new page for the Comedy Greats set and retail booklet.  The page for one-day postmarks has also been updated and details of and postmarks for the Anthony Trollope Commemorative Sheet have been added to the blog.  The blog also includes details of new printings of Machin definitives with M15L year codes.

UPDATED 8 March 2015
New postage rates will take effect from 30 March and stamps issued for this on 24 March are shown on a new page.

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British Bridges Maximum Cards
20 January - New Smilers Generic Sheet
Inventive Britain PSB

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Pages for GB Stamp Issues.

Great Britain Stamps - issue programme for 2015

Links to stamp issues for

   World-wide Web stamp, Inventive Britain.  Bath's Pulteney Bridge, thumbnail. Morecambe and Wise stamp from Comedy Greats retail booklet.

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 Icon - updated.
17-18 April Post and Go machines at 86th Scottish Congress, Perth Icon - updated.
24 April Commemorative sheet: Anthony Trollope Bicentenary Icon - new.
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
14 May First World War Centenary (Europhilex)
2 June Magna Carta 800th Anniversary
18 June Battle of Waterloo Bicentenary
24 June Commemorative sheet:
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
16 September Post and Go Faststamps - Sea Travel (Stampex)
16 September Commemorative Sheet
17 September Rugby World Cup set (Stampex)
6 October (subject to be confirmed)
29-31 October Post and Go machines at Sindelfingen, Germany
4 November Christmas
6-9 November Post and Go machines at Paris, France
16 November Post and Go Faststamps - Winter Fur and Feathers (1st and 2nd class)
14 November Lunar New Year of the Monkey - Generic Sheet 

King Richard III postmark.Postmark showing logo of the BPMA.Great Britain Special Pictorial Postmarks not associated with new stamp issues

Permanent special and pictorial postmarks
27 February 2015

Other special postmarks
20 March 2015


Advertisements in definitive booklets

booklet of 6 1st class definitive stamps with advertisement inside front coverThe March 2005 publicity leaflet for the Magic Circle stamps included a footnote about a new booklet of 6 x 1st class stamps which included, on the previously blank inside front cover, an advertisement for Royal Mail's Smilers service. The stamps were available in supermarkets and other retail outlets (but not necessarily from post offices) from early January. This booklet was, according to the Philatelic Bureau's official announcement, scheduled to have its philatelic release on 15 March. We now understand that, contrary to the published information, they made the booklets available from 27 January; three sponsored postmarks were available for this revised first date of philatelic availability*. As actual availability may have been 2-3 weeks before that date and due to the confusion over the actual release date we did not produce any first day covers for these booklets either with 27 January date, or 15 March. There is no change to the stamps, only the booklet cover. *These postmarks can be seen here.

UPDATE: A new Advertising booklet was issued on 26 July 2005. This promotes the (large) 'LOVE' stamp on the inside cover.
advertisement on inside cover of stamp booklet issued 2 October 2006.The third such booklet was the one containing definitive-sized greeting stamps issued on 4 October 2005.

postmark depicting Windsor Castle.postmark depicting Sandringham House.postmark depicting Buckingham Palace.Three special postmarks were available for FDCs of this booklet or stamps from it. NEW BOOKLET 2 October 2006.
This new booklet of 6 x 1st class stamps is described by Royal Mail as a 'stamp media book'. It is identical with any other 1st class book and contains PIP definitives, but with an advertisement promoting stamp collecting. It is sold through the Post Office network but also through other retail outlets, notably major supermarkets. We have no first day cover of this booklet in stock.

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.

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.)

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