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The 2018 stamp programme has now been announced and it reinforces Royal Mail's intention to garner more money from fans of popular entertainment and reduce their reliance on stamp collectors for cash.  Nonetheless the programme (below) shows several months with two stamp issues - including the summer when in olden days there were none! - with each set costing around £7-8 just for the basic stamps.

This website - and eventually the business - was created twenty years ago in 1998 with the Lighthouses stamp issue. We have recreated and updated those pages here.  The story of our 20 years (so far) is on the blog here.
As it is much quicker for us to write a blog entry than to update a website, our very latest news will be on our blog. The last 4 blog entries are summarised in the column to the right.

E-MAILing us: Many pages have clickable 'email' links. If you write, please use the SUBJECT line in your mail to indicate which stamp issue you are writing about.

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If you need anything for your collection which isn't shown here - please ask, we may have it. Our webshop has stamps, fdcs, booklets, postal stationery, world postal history, maximum cards, picture postcards, with integrated shipping and payment facilities.

We also have a site 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 and Postcards Fair will be on 6 April 2019 Details will be here

Regular Norwich Stamp Fair back at the Brook Hotel Bowthorpe Sundays every other month from
  January to November 2018 Click here for details

Regular King's Lynn Stamp Fair Saturdays every other month - February - December 2018 added  Click here for details

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UPDATE 15 September 2018
Large Blue butterfly stamp.

Details of new special stamp issues have been added to our blog with links below.  This applies to Captain Cook's Voyages, The Old Vic, Mail by Bike Post and Go, and the final World War I Centenary issue.  We also have details of a Commemorative Sheet added to the stamp programme on 10 October.

News on the Definitive front is that some Walsall counter sheet printings exist with phosphor fluorescing blue and some with yellow - and some with both.  Version 2.0.8 of our Machin Security Checklist was updated today and includes details of these variants.  It can be downloaded here.  (As with the previous version, number changes made in Stanley Gibbons Concise catalogue for 2018 are included.)

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Latest Walsall counter sheets:
2nd Large deep scarlet definitive stamp. 

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Pages for GB Stamp Issues.

Great Britain Stamps - issue programme for 2018

Links to stamp issues for

    Hawker Hurricane fighter. Tawny Owl chicks on stamp. Royal Acadmey St Kilda stamp. Dad's Army booklet stamp.

23 January Game of Thrones: set, MS, PSB, RB, Collectors Sheet, Post and Go etc
14 February Post and Go: Postal Heritage Mail by Sea
15 February Centenary of Women's Suffrage: Votes for Women
20 March Royal Air Force Centenary
20 March Postage Tariff changes, Machin and Country Definitives, including changed font on 2nd & 1st Country Definitives
17 April Reintroduced Species 
11 May Owls
19 May Royal Wedding 
1 June 150th Anniversary of Trades Union Congress Commemorative Sheet 
5 June The Royal Academy 
26 June Dad's Army 
31 July Hampton Court Palace  

From this date details are in the blog, no new pages have been added to this site.
16 August Captain Cook's Voyages New icon.
30 August The Old Vic New icon.
12 September Post and Go: Postal Heritage Mail by Bike New icon.
13 September Centenary of the First World War New icon.
10 October United for Wildlife Commemorative Sheet New icon.
 16 October TBA
1 November Christmas
14 November 70th Birthday of the Prince of Wales
November Lunar New Year of the Pig Generic Smilers Sheet
Lighthouse stamp. Postal museum permanent postmark.

Great Britain Special Pictorial Postmarks not associated with new stamp issues

Royal Mail's Postmark Bulletins are now available for free download

Permanent special and pictorial postmarks
15 September 2018

Other special postmarks
Final update 8 January 2018


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.
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 December 2015.  See discussion on the blog, by system users.

In August 2017, the closure of Online Postage was announced for March 2018.

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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