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and thank you for your custom and support throughout 2014.

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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.

As we approach the end of 2014, the outline programme for 2015 is shown on the right.  It promises to be an expensive year with special issued to coincide with both Stampex events and Europhilex, or London 2015.

Don't forget that 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 next column.

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If you need anything for your collection which isn't shown here - please ask, we may have it. Our old webshop is now closed, bookmarks should take you to our new shop with 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.  We've moved this from Geocities, and very slightly updated it, and you can now 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.

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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
19 January to 16th November 2014 Click here for details

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

Lovebirds - new Smilers stamp. UPDATED 14 December 2014

New pages have been added for the first two stamp issues for 2015 - see below in this column.

New long-term and one-day and  postmarks have been added.

The new Norvic Catalogue of Machin Security Definitive stamps is now available for FREE download here.

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New Euro 20/World 10 Wincor-Nixdorf Faststamps
New Post & Go Faststamps from Stampex
New 2014-coded Machins including coils and PSB stamps
Seaside Architecture & Great War Poppy Maximum Cards

Our blog now has over 1,610,000 visits -

thank you to all our contributors and readers!

New icon.   Royal Mail Stamp Programme for 2015 in brief:

6 January - Alice in Wonderland New icon.
20 January - new Greetings/Smilers stamps in MS and booklet New icon.
18 February - Post and Go: Working Sail (Stampex)
19 February - Inventive Britons (Stampex)
5 March - British Bridges
1 April - Comedy Greats
6 May - 175th Anniversary of Penny Black MS
13 May - Post and Go: Heraldic Beasts (Europhilex)
14 May - First World War Centenary (Europhilex)
2 June - Magna Carta
18 June - Battle of Waterloo
16 July - Battle of Britain
18 August - Bees
16 September - Post and Go: Sea Travel  (Stampex)
18 September - Rugby World Cup (Stampex)
6 October - subject to be confirmed
3 November - Christmas
16 November - Post and Go: Winter Fur and Feathers

Plus Generic Smilers and Commemorative Sheets.
Further details will be available as announced by Royal Mail

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Pages for GB Stamp Issues.

Great Britain Stamps - issue programme for 2014

Links to stamp issues for

      Poppy Post and Go stamp.  Sir Winston Churchill Prime Minister stamp. Holly faststamp - detail.

7 January

Classic Children's Television
4 February Working Horses
19 February Post and Go British Flora 1 - Spring Blooms Faststamps
20 February Classic Locomotives of Wales MS, Classic Locomotives of Britain PSB 
20 February Football Heroes 2 Retail Booklet
25 February Commemorative Sheet: Middlesex County Cricket Club
25 March Remarkable Lives 
25 March Commemorative Sheet: By Sea, By Land 350th Anniversary of the Royal Marines 
26 March New Machin and Country definitives for changed postage rates  
15 April Buckingham Palace
13 May Great British Films 
5 June Sustainable Fish 
7 July NCR Post and Go Presentation pack  
17 July Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, including retail stamp book. 
28 July The Great War 1914
31 July Complete set of new retail booklets and business sheets - new telephone number  
7 August Post and Go PhilaKorea - overprinted Machin and Flag Faststamps
18 August Sustainable Fish Retail Stamp Booklet   (First day of philatelic availability)
17 September Post and Go British Flora 2 - Symbolic Flowers 
18 September Piers, Proms and Pavillions (Seaside architecture) 
18 September Classic Locomotives of Wales retail booklet 
14 October Prime Ministers    
18 October Donald Campbell Commemorative Sheet
4 November Christmas
11 November Commemorative Sheet: 1914 Christmas Truce
13 November Post and Go British Flora 3 - Winter Greenery Faststamps
19 November Lunar New Year of the Sheep - Generic Sheet 
1 December Exhibition Generic Sheet, 29th Asian International Stamp Exhibition Kuala Lumpur 

Christmas Tree postmark, Mount Pleasant.Postmark showing logo of the BPMA.Great Britain Special Pictorial Postmarks not associated with new stamp issues

Permanent special and pictorial postmarks
14 December 2014

Other special postmarks
14 Decem
ber 2014


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.)

News about Great Britain new stamps and postmarks with links to this site will be announced on
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