2017 is 50th anniversary of machin design

Arnold Machin, designer

QE2 portrait design ... view his artworks ; and finally his obituary
    as philatelists we always appreciate the fine works of stamp designers, past and present... the intaglio 1999-2000 high values were his last design issues ... both these and the Slania gravure series of 2003 are discontinued from production ... electronic labels are used today for registered or heavy parcel mails as a rule ...

    this title certainly appeals to the machin enthusiast ... reissued in 2002, it offers an in depth outlook on Arnold Machin's life and work ... ISBN : 1872914233 ... 


    welcome ...

    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.

     collectors can join the facebook group linked ... more information is posted.
    over the years I have developed aids to streamline collecting...  so explore posts
    security machins offer a wide range of vars ... 9 per issue  iriodin, phosphor and diecut - reports for 1st and 2nd class machins are being compiled - year/letter code.  A12, T12 ...
    some very skillful forgeries are reviewed ... I trade machins  normally by value - as a study lot  - see offers/ needs
    • NEED : year code 16 and 17 
    • 1997 Harrison cyl B14  - green flour  ;  

    my current study is 1/2p machin ... used material welcomed

     OFFER :  used
    1st 2nd class security machins
    post & go labels
    Faststamp labels
    regionals and FDC
    country definitives
    machin forgeries
    machin perfins
    60gm xmas - booklet


    1st Gold Upminster forgery ...

    a remake of MSIL booklet has appeared.  Gerard Small offers a full report in Bookmark Journal 46-5

    enhanced image to reveal iriodin layer

    new and old MSIL F


    12.5p errors

    cylinder registration errors

     cb cb+ wbr


    17p grey blue ... double reverse print





    item was discovered in lot recently.    many other dry prints and phosphor errors were also found.  the later without bands and showing red-orange or yellow flourescent reactions. contaminated inks ...


    17C 1st royal mail red

    note speckled dots on head ,,, lack of static cling on cylinder

    likely Cerutti press used as 15C 

    C15 1st royal mail red ...cerutti #1

    • new vars : SBT and offsets R (on FDC)
    • this is certainly an item to search for vars ...  it is first run off new ISP press.
    • all are pre-release stocks ...
    • the 4 pos from alice in wonderland booklet all show anomolies - air bubbles, or no ink areas

    1 and 2 : hairline cracks
    3 : dots in face
    4 : double pointed bust


    machin album pages ... updated

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

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


    march release ...

    as reported on norvic blog...

    Sunset Red
    Dark Green Pine
    Tarragon Green
    Harvest Gold
    Garnet Red

    New stamps should be issued on 21 March at the following rates:

    £1.17 - Letter: Europe 20g, Worldwide 10g and Postcard.

    £1.40  - Worldwide letter up to 20g

    £1.57 - Europe letter up to 100g

    £2.27 - Worldwide letter up to 100g.

    £2.55 - Europe Large Letter to 100g.


    16T 2nd class forgery ...

    iriodin screen shows larger text


    new forgeries reported ...

    the latest MBPC Bookmark Journal 46-4 offer several counterfeits  A9 or T16

     sharston  counter sheet forgery - A9 delarue screen

    red afterglow

    my collection - shows a 13T red with same LW reaction...

    12 cell booklet format


    15T 1st red ... 3B var

    reported in MBPC 46-3

    on L genuine - R uv shows anomolies, possible F
    • no ovals , 
    • value and head distorted
    • both 1st and 2nd class tagging

    1989 37p red - unusual dry print- H ACP


    1st flame forgery booklet ...

    I acquired this diecut forgery in HOLLAND.  it may source to the Mcanea m12 forgery booklet.   
    the evidence was destroyed - except 1 sheet sent to Royal Mail "black museum"  ...  I am seeking images.

    readers should verify diecut singles postmarked 2001 +

    2001,  Questa and Walsall issued m12 booklets ...  both are known missing phosphor.