From tomorrow a new design will be available from the Post & Go machine situated in the foyer of the Royal Mail Archive: the Union Flag.
Union Flag Post & Go stamp from our machine.
The Union Flag design replaces the Christmas Robin design which has been available since the machine was launched on 3 December 2012. The gold Machin design is still available from the machine, which produces self-adhesive stamps on demand with a special overprint reading “The B.P.M.A.”.
Union flag stamps from our Post & Go machine.
Two different stamp designs are available from our Post & Go machine at any one time, and the designs are changed 3-4 times a year. The machine takes payment by credit and debit cards, and is only available to visitors to the Royal Mail Archive in Clerkenwell.
A limited number of an official first day cover featuring the Union Flag will be available from the BPMA online shop – Philatelic from 25 February 2013.
Visit our Post & Go webpage for more information.
The fourth in a series of philatelic postcards promoting London 2010: Festival of Stamps has now been issued. Postcard #4 features the original metal master die for Bertram Mackennal’s ‘Seahorse’ design with three colour trials, one of the treasures of the British Postal Museum & Archive’s philatelic collection. The postcard comes free with the February 2010 issue of Stamp & Coin Mart magazine sold in WH Smith from 8 January 2010.
Original metal master die for Seahorse design with colour trials (September 1912). As the Union Flag on the shield was heraldically inaccurate, the flag was removed from the transfer roller and re-engraved on each master die for the different values.
Postcard #4 is exclusive to Stamp & Coin Mart, but postcards #2 and #3 can be obtained free of charge by visiting our Archive Search Room. Postcard #1 is no longer available, but limited edition complete sets of London 2010 postcards will be available for purchase later in the year.
The ‘Seahorse’ high value definitives were some of the most iconic stamps produced during the reign of George V. A noted philatelist, George V, took great interest in the production of the ‘Seahorse’ definitives and suggested they be recess (intaglio) printed. The ‘Seahorse’ stamps are just one of the postal treasures and innovations from the reign of King George V that will feature in the exhibition Empire Mail: George V and the GPO, at Guildhall Art Gallery from 7 May – 25 July 2010.
For more on London 2010: Festival of Stamps visit http://www.london2010.org.uk/.
BPMA Curator of Philately Douglas Muir will be speaking on the stamp, medal and coinage designs of Bertram Mackennal at the BPMA on 7 October 2010. See our website for details.
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