Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

Design Classics Retail Stamp Booklets 

Following the set of 10 Design Classics stamps issued in January, Royal Mail will issue three self-adhesive retail books containing key stamps from the Design Classics set and 4 1st class gold Machin definitives.  The Machin definitives have security features

As Royal Mail has changed the programme of issuing these booklets at least twice already this year, we are including information about the 2009 booklets on this page, rather than creating a new page for each booklet.

Schedule of issues:

Booklet 1: 10 March 2009 - Telephone Box and Routemaster Bus

Booklet 2: 21 April 2009 - Mini-car x 2

Booklet 3: was originally announced as containing one Spitfire and one Concorde stamp to be issued 17 September.  This was postponed to January 2010.  But now the third booklet will be issued 18 August, with two Concorde stamps (no Spitfire), and.....

Booklet 4: 17 September 2009 - Mary Quant/mini-skirt x2. 

As far as we know, no further booklets in the series will be issued in 2009.

Booklet 1 - 10 March 2009 (actual booklet scan)
booklet of 6 x 1st class self-adhesive stamps inc Bus and Phone box Design Classics stamps.

No - it's not an optical illusion or poor scan; most of the booklets we received had the long edges cut in a curve!
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postmark illustrated with telephone kiosk.
postmark illustrated with London Routemaster bus.
Ref L11287
Picadilly, London W1
Ref L11288
Charing Cross, London WC2
Booklet 2 - 21 April 2009 (actual booklet scan)

Design Classics booklet 2 with twio mini-car stamps.
Postmark showing mini-car Rally-style. Postmark showing mini-car.
Ref L11325
Fawkham, Longfield (Kent)
(Location of Brands Hatch circuit). 
Ref M11333
Retail Book, Longbridge, Birmingham
Postmark showing mini-car. <<<<

The Mini, 50th anniversary, Austin Rise, Longbridge

Booklet 3 - 18 August  (Royal Mail publicity image - showing the booklet as number 3 - the actual booklet has no number.)
Design Classics booklet containing 2 Concorde stamps, issued 18 August 2009.
Postmark illustrating Concorde supersonic airliner.
Ref L11420
British Design Classics Retail Book, Heathrow, Hounslow
Postmark showing Concorde supersonic airliner.
Ref M11427
Concorde Stamp Book, Concorde Tower, Birmingham
As this is issued on the same date as the Postboxes MS, the special postmarks for that issue will also be available for this booklet. -

Booklet 4 - 17 September  (Royal Mail publicity image - showing the booklet as number 4 - the actual booklet has no number.)
Design Classics booklet containing 2 Mary Quant mini-skirt stamps, issued 17 September 2009.
Postmark showing mini-skirted model.

Ref L11475
British Design Classics Retail Book, Chelsea, London SW3
Postmark showing mini-skirted model.

Ref L11476 - British Design Classics Retail Book, Blackheath, London SE3.
As this is issued on the same date as the Navy Uniforms set, the special postmarks for that issue will also be available for this booklet.  Postmark showing mini-skirted models.

Ref M11487 - Mni-skirt Stamp Book Sixties Fashion, Knightsbridge Road, Solihull

Royal Mail do not regard these as a new issues, so there will are no official first day covers or First Day of Issue postmarks. 

However we will proudce a small number of FDCs using the original Design Classics FDC.

Technical details:
The booklets are printed by Walsall Security Print: stamps are self-adhesive, non-soakable.    (All images are Royal Mail Copyright 2008/9.)  
The printing is different, as you can see from the head - see below - and the value is closer to the left in the De La Rue sheet printing.

But comparison with the original sheet stamps also shows that the security slits are quite different - in the booklet there are four, rather than two. The Walsall slits are divided in two at the top and bottom.

These scans show coloured screening within the upright of the figure 1 - this is the security overlay.

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This page updated 8 September 2009

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Design Classics
22 Robert Burns
Charles Darwin
17 Machin Definitives with Security Features I
26 Dathlu Cymru - Celebrating Wales
2 Design Classics Concorde Smiler Sheet
10 Pioneers of the Industrial Revolution
10 Design Classics Retail Booklet - Phone & Bus
17 Northern Ireland Castles Smilers Sheet
31 Machin Definitives with Security Features II
31 New Rate Machin & Country Definitives

Kings & Queens II (Tudors)
21 Design Classics Retail Booklet - Mini-car
23 Castles of England Smilers Sheet
30 Smilers for Kids II

Endangered Plants & Kew Gardens MS
21 Flowers retail booklet

Mythical Creatures

21 40th ann of Moon Landing Commemorative Sheet
3 Thaipex Smilers Sheet
18 Wall Mounted Post Boxes MS & Smilers Sheet
18 Treasures of the Archive PSB
18 Design Classics Retail Booklet - Concorde
1 Fire Service
17 British Military Uniforms (III - Royal Navy)
17 Design Classics Retail Booklet - Mini-skirt/Quant
18 Commemorative Sheet - Big Ben 150th Anniversary
7 Commemorative Sheet - Cambridge University 800th anniversary
8 Eminent Britons (Europa)
21 Italia 2009 Smilers Sheet
22 Pre-Olympics 2012 Issue
30 Castles of Scotland Smilers Sheet

4 MonacoPhil 2009 Expo Smilers Sheet


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