2014-03-24

what's new ...


2014 new machins ...




81p Holly Green
97p Purple Heather
£1.47 Dove Grey
£2.15 Marine Turquoise


royalpost shop offers


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3p blue ... miscut booklet perf offsets


OS d


OS bd



booklet assembly produces endless vars ....
perforation anomolies is a study in itself




14p dark blue ... cyl flaws




the Harrison sheets were printed on cyl 10 or 11 ...  many booklets followed by H W Q
I assume the above are sheet vars ...

2014-03-10

unusual damage to machins ...

can anyone describe the damage here ?

2013-12-02

uv devices ...

OMNILUX UV 15W E-27 3U black light


I have used this bulb as in a desklamp and it offers a fine workspace for viewing machins.
the only suppliers are in germany, and not all ship overseas.    still, worth buying...

115 and 230 v versions !

as portables, led uv flashlites are also effective tools ...


2013-11-18

20p light green - cylinder flaw


the items were produced during the experiments with new paper types ...  both are CB
these are not abrasions from OCR , but cylinder flaws ...   perhaps press startup. before full inking reached the paper roll.

Douglas Myall notes ...  source of flaws

The Bookmark ® Journal : since been updated and are now available to
MBPC members on CD for £9.50 with free postage. 


2013-11-04

1971 DP011 OCP ... phosphor shift


this is the first edition of the 011 series...  FCP vars followed ...
HB4 level 3 : remarks 9.5mm bars split as 2B - and unsplit as BBR BBC BBL

my example shows a new var /w OSR.   the liverpool 1999 postmark shows also late usage of this booklet pane.

2013-10-21

Value settings and onscreen measurement ...

here is a useful link ... for onscreen measurement device

deegam settings can be converted ... 1mm = 3.6 pixels
this clear-vue pixel ruler , is useful for 100% or scaled images ... for larger than normal scans, use ratio method.




first I scan a stockcard with mm ruler ...  when scanned, I apply the onscreen measurement tool.   used as a caliper - it speeds the sort by value settings ...  try it !


2013-10-03

1979 DP 33 and 33A varieties


    DP 33 (above) DP33A (below)...
booklet assembly often creates new SE varieties, not listed in HB4
3 are shown below...
33-pos 4

33A-pos 2

33A-pos 4

2013-09-30

deegam profiles ...

in last DGR 104 douglas remarks that profiles are discontinued ... hopefully a graphic artist will assist.

in defining my personal finds - not included in HB4 - I append profiles that are edited with MS Paint.
new issues may also be produced from the graphic maquettes ...

1981 DP 49 varieties ...

some observations ...

  • 2 shades of 11.5p 
  • damaged perforator on R side of  FDH65
















2013-09-26

1983 DP60 setenants ...

some observations follow ...


  • the comb perforator was damaged that was used on DP60A, scarce
  • booklet cuts varied on DP60 to even create SE vars
  • a new CB OR var was discovered














PPPI
also note "soft print" on 3.5p



CB OR

2012-06-30

Philatelist




I began collecting machins as a student at McGill U in Montreal, QC ... business, and other interests intervened at times; but after absence, comes renewal ... rediscovering machins thru Robin Harris's fine project "GB Machins" rekindled my passion for collecting - and so the quest continues today.

the norvic site also yields some timely machin facts ...



2012-06-14

machin album pages ...


robin harris is now offering : pdf album pages ... basic to specialised


interim studies and EOF -  errors, oddities and freaks  are compiled using StampCat 10 ... 

2012-06-11

2013 machin trading ...

my machin study : decimal machins 1971-2013.

now offering ...
  1. pictorials and regional issues
  2. nvi accumulations

if sending lots ... the value and queen's face must be free of cancel ... damaged or heavily cancelled machins are of no use to me.

accumulations will be reviewed, and unwanted returned ... normally bulk lot yields 3-5% fine used.

2011-11-21

machins and music ...

machin study is enhanced with my playlist ...


  • HB4 evokes "goldberg variations"
  • matthews palette : debussy images ...

handling machin kiloware ... reviewed

  1. SAP "self-adhesive" security machins must be extracted from bundles or kiloware lots ...   only heptane will remove them successfully from paper.   neither water immersion nor philatelic hinge and gum removers have proven effective with 2009+ security cut machins... … from the machin forum this removal solution. I include a chemical analysis ... a.k.a. rubber cement thinner. ...my experience with the beaujard 2008-11 of france, I offer a methodology below. N.B. the TD-paper is better suited to machin SAP printing … very durable : DLR should consider it)

    removal from paper : methodology

    1. removal : the adhesives can be successfully removed from paper using heptane* ... depending on the quantity of objects, this process will take 5mins to 1 hour or more... so setup as follows.... a basin of size is filled with heptane, and the stamps are saturated. after 5 mins, start removal from paper - and place face down on a glass sheet. wait 5 mins for excess heptane to evaporate , soon the stamps will become tacky ...
    2. replacement of adhesives : the glue will adhere to clear acetate but not vinyl sheets. as stock pages, I use binder photo album pages... the boards are covered by acetate sheets on 2 sides... within, I place a prepared 5x8 printed grid formed with StampCat9 reports. this acts a guide for placement of objects. the benefit, is the inserts can be varied - black sheet for scanning. the grid margins allow for inspection notes... I group by value and phosphor type ...
    3. alternately, I have used stockcard covers (clear acetate). this allows reconstruction of the various booklets as the matrices are sourced (3x3, 2x4...) adhesives peel from acetate easily. album samples can be placed within stamp mounts, or first on cut-to-size clear acetate sheeting. stamp hinges do not adhere to vinyl, or acetate ... 3M 2-sided tape will work. Or, find a bottle of hinge mount adhesive.
    • buy the 500ml can
  2. separate no-cancel machins on piece first from the kiloware ... though scarce, these can be separated from paper using UHU PRINZ hinge remover solution, applied to reverse side ... the stamps can soon be lifted from paper and placed within a "magic drying book" with vinyl and blotter pages... this method preserves gum and full phosphor
  3. the remaining used state machins can be separated best in a running water bath, with a overfllow topscreen ... the outflow eliminates transfer of soluable gum ( pvc or self-adhesive) and possible phosphor transfer to other machins ... place to dry in a "magic drying book" .... then, sort by face-value, prior to phosphor examination ...
  4.  there has been some question aired about loss of phosphor level and transfer of glue and phosphor to other machins during paper separation ....most used state stocks in dealer or collector hands have gone thru some water-immersion process ... some of these may demonstrate stronger or weaker phosphor reaction under inspection... but relative to modern printing methods, variations occur in phosphor application or absence thereof ... so classification of variant machins requires a list of all known possibilities as well as judgemental analysis of state of a machin's phosphor level ... even unused machins go thru this inspection ...
  5. on average only 3-5 % of all postally used machins are collectable ... heavy cancel examples ... these I discard as uncollectable ... don't waste your time ... build a quality collection !

case of the SON 1£ ruby … testimonial of world renowned philatelist :
I was delirious as to how to treat this SON SAP... machinmadness had struck me again !! before I discovered bestine, it was well stuck !! … after applying bestine, the problem was solved ...” - A.E.N



machin collecting ...

Machin collecting …

2011 marks 40 years of decimal machins and design change – my focus. Living in a new techno-age - social networking, google, gadgetry take hold in one's life. As a pastime, philately started with the penny black. Stamp collectors have zilllions of issues to ponder, and philatelsts more difficult problems to unravel the complexity of todays security printings. Machin vars number in 1000s... To many, machins represent a dark void in space … “they are over there in a bag “ , “they are under the bed in a box “, “my wife won't let me look at them”, “I want to get rid of them” … “O machins, yuck !” … to machin aficionados, this borders on heresy – tho no one has been burned yet !

In this darwinian realm of philately, we seek guidance from machinmindermasts (code word used by masterminds) - Douglas Myall of HB4 (deegam.com), Robin Harris RPSC (adminware.ca) and Larry Rosenblum (machinmania.com). Great to have these guys around... no doubt a clear mind, patience and perseverance are required to master a machin collection at level3.

...the side effects - in canada,“machinmadness” was first coined by Robin at the launch of his machin site; Larry has america enthralled with “machinmania”. Regardless, we continue in problem solving. I prefer to maintain a strong element of humour. The modern oxford online dictionary defines acronym SAP as an “expleted philatelic object”, NVI as “not very interesting machin”

I hope you enjoy my posts ...

DG10 stat perspective ...

1p group is the largest of permanent value decimal machins
 the distributions follow ...






note : many are highly rated in HB4 - obviously worth looking for ...

DG20 more stats ...




the charts both assist page design
and search strategy ...

2011-11-17

HB4 stats ...


the first charts show decimal machins : total by year ... then basic phosphor groups




I have yet to register all screened values... (0=no phosphor)

the next charts show distributions by value ...  the permanent value decimal machins
have the greatest complexity, and often bear high DV estimates.

before designing custom pages : charts offer item check...






2011-10-27

StampCat V10 ...research tool


... StampCat from Norway is the finest I have used to date ... allowing 9 images per record, with all group fields indexed and linked... making searches and reports very fast ... download the trialware ... as a research tool StampCat has no equal ... I use it for forensic forgery study also

... visit the StampCat forum

    2011-10-06

    190 /w CB ...


    this is unique diagonal CB ... HB4 reports 1 SB, though this is shorter

    70 paper flaw ...


    this is first machin paper flaw I have encountered.
    in france, they are called "accordion"

    item is /w gum - raised edge on reverse

    250 BBR plus ... ex DP205



    new var ...  the BBR is known.  however the example above also bears a LB
    part of BBR is weaker AY reaction 


    G1/2 coil DBF


    another press startup ...

    examples of doctor blade flaw ...  all missed the phosphor cylinder ...  

    2011-10-03

    125 new vars ...

      

    the above are new finds - not in HB4  







    2011-10-01

    250 DBF ...



    DBF or "doctor blade flaw" is repeated above - likely from same print startup.   but, with different results.
    row 1 and 2 images demonstrate the missing detail in the QE2 head ...  again, R1 machin escaped the phosphor cylinder inking.

    these errors are beyond HB4, so again StampCat allows custom album page.




    2011-09-09

    specialised album pages ...

    the 9p group reflects "dry printing" or ink errors

    using the deegam HB4 CD as reference, I group the phosphors by type ... LR, L, R, LCR or no phosphor ...
    for each value study.  a failure of HB4 focus, is that many plate errors are overlooked.   to describe these on an album page or worksheet -  stampCat V9 reports allow easy reports to be generated.

    for years, much of my collection lay on the shelf - as I awaited a comprehensive specialised album, in pdf format.  douglas myall attests no one can ever complete a machin collection - scarcity and price points.

    however, we can enjoy our new finds on a custom generated worksheet,  instantly.