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London 2010 Festival of Stamps : Machin Souvenir Sheet & other souvenirs - 8 May 2010

Every 10 years London hosts an international stamp exhibition, but this time it's different.  The London 2010 Festival of Stamps is a year long celebration of stamps, stamp design and postal heritage. The second sheet showcases the first commemorative stamps issued by Great Britain (the two 1924 British Empire Exhibition stamps) and the two top values of the 1913 definitive series, the 10/- blue and £1 green Seahorse designs.  

Two previous pages are devoted to:
the 6th May issue of a special double-headed Machin stamp showing the profile head of King George V behind that of Queen Elizabeth II.  This will be issued as a single stamp and in a miniature sheet with a £1 King George V stamp.
the 8th May issue of a miniature sheet containing replicas of two 1924 British Empire Exhibition and two King George V Seahorse stamps, a prestige stamp book and presentation pack.

London 2010 Festival of Stamps miniature sheet 3 showing Machin definitive stamps.
For the actual stamps and comparison with De La Rue sheet-printed stamps, see our blog
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Exhibition Souvenir Sheet containing
1p, 2p, 5p, 9p, 10p, 20p, 60p, 67p, 88p, 97p, £1.46 Machin definitives and perforated label with London 2010 Festival of Stamps logo.  

No first day facilities and no special first day envelope will be provided for this sheet as they are not new stamps.

Several obsolescent stamps will remain on philatelic sale until after the show but are not included in the sheet:
15p, 16p, 17p, 22p, 48p, 54p, 56p, 62p, 81p & 90p; the gummed 2nd class & 1st class are also excluded, although these are now only available in coils.
Machin definitives collectors pack of low value stamps. Definitive stamps collectors pack.

The low-value collectors pack will contain all the definitive stamps still on sale at post offices (as listed above) plus the self-adhesive 20 gramme, 40 gramme and postcard airmail stamps, the 2nd, 1st, 2nd Large and 1st Large NVIs, and the 1st and 1st Large Recorded Signed For stamps.  Not shown in the publicity picture, but included in the pack, will be the 50p & £1 self-adhesive security definitives.

Postal Union Congress £1 reproductions for London 2010.

Postal Union Congress Facsimile Pack 
Non-postally valid facsimile sheet of the 1929 PUC £1, printed from copies of original plate, in blocks of four in a pack.

The Pack, written by Douglas Muir, includes information on the Congress itself and also the design/development of the Postal Union Congress stamp.

For images of the actual stamps, see our blog.
10th anniversary generic smilers stamp sheet. Personalised stamps were introduced to the UK at the StampShow 2000. Smilers stamps have proved popular with consumers, some collectors and some dealers ever since.  To mark the 10th anniversary, Royal Mail will produce this generic sheet containing mixed-value stamps: 16 x 1st Class,
2 x Europe 20gr, 2 x Worldwide 20gr, featuring occasions and greetings imagery on pre-printed labels.

We have also been told that:

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Smilers® there will be four Instant Smilers® booths where visitors can have their photo taken; this will be printed onto a new Smilers® Sheet, and over-printed with the London 2010 Festival of Stamps logo.

We think this means that the personalised sheets will have the 2010 logo, not the Smilers® labels.
London 2010 Exhibition Generic Sheet. London 2010 Exhibition Generic Sheet.  A new-style Exhibition sheet, self-adhesive for the first time, with the definitive-size Hello stamp and twenty different pictures, iconic of London, on attached labels.
Booklet looking at many of the stamps issued during George V’s reign. Philatelic Bulletin booklet which provides "a highly detailed look at many of the stamps issued during George V’s reign starting with
the Downey head."
Gold Machin Horizon label issued at the Post Office branch inside the London Festival of Stamps. Faststamp dispensed from the Post& Go machine at the London Festival of Stamps. Post Office Counters Ltd set up a mini-post office branch within the London Festival of Stamps (nowhere near the Royal Mail stand).

A Post & Go machine dispensed labels and Faststamps with a 002010 branch code, while the Horizon-equipped counter position used Gold Horizon labels, part of the Welsh stock.   More pictures on our blog.

Horizon label image courtesy of Postagelabelsuk blog.

Technical details:

Souvenir Sheet:  Design by Silk Pearce using Jeffery Matthews’ colour palette; printed by Cartor Security Printing in lithography, sheet size 105 x 95mm. Being litho rather than gravure as are the counter-sheet stamps, these are all new stamps.

Generic Sheets
:  Smilers Anniversary sheet designed by Hat-Trick Design, Exhibition sheet designed by Silk Pearce; both printed by Cartor Security Printing in lithography, sheet size 297 x 210 mm (A4).

All stamp and other images are copyright 2010, Royal Mail.  

There will be no official first day covers for the Souvenir Sheet or the Smilers Sheets, although collectors may prepare their own.  
are shown on the previous page - all except FD1023, FD1024, FD1024NP and probably L11728 may be used on stamps on this page..

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This page updated 11 May 2010

2010 stamp issues
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7 Classic Album Covers
7 Olympic Games retail book 1
26 Business & Customised Smilers MS
2 Girl Guide Centenary
25 350th ann of the Royal Society
25 Olympic Games retail book 2
1 Castles of Wales
11 Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
23 House of Stewart
30 Machin & Country Definitives
30 Festival of Stamps retail advertising book
13 Endangered Mammals
6 Accession of George V*
8 The King's Stamps* &
London 2010 Souvenirs *
Britain Alone (1940)*
* London 2010 Festival of Stamps issues
18 Halley's Comet Commemorative Sheet
15 House of Stuart
15 Endangered Mammals Retail Booklet
8 British Grand Prix Commemorative Sheet
Olympics & Paralympics II
& Olympic Games retail book 3

10 London Eye Commemorative Sheet
19 Great British Railways I
19 Retail booklets: 12x2nd, 6x1st
15 Battle of Britain - Spitfire Generic Sheet & Retail booklet
16 Medical Breakthroughs
17 Faststamps: Bird pictorials
12 Children's Books
12 Olympic Games retail book 4
26 Special Delivery Machins
28 Remembrance: the National Arboretum
2 Christmas - Wallace & Gromit


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