Machin



A new stamp design based on a plaster cast by Arnold Machin was introduced in 1967. The first stamps were issued on 5 June 1967, and booklets followed soon afterwards, the first being the 6s booklet in September 1967.

Only the 4s6d and 6s booklets continued with the same cover designs as before. Then starting in May 1968, pictorial covers were introduced. The illustrations were commissioned from eminent artists: Rowland Hilder & David Cobb (ships), Peter Gauld (homes), Harry Titcombe (birds – with his initials “HT” in every design), David Gentleman (explorers), with layout and typography by Stuart Rose.

First class and second class services were introduced in September 1968 at 5d and 4d respectively. A new 5s booklet was introduced containing 5d stamps, and the 10s booklet composition was changed to include 5d stamps. 4d stamps were changed from two phosphor bands to one band.

A 5s booklet was issued in March 1970 to publicise the Philympia International Philatelic Exhibition to be held in London in September of that year. The cover was designed by Peter Gauld, and all adverts were related to stamp collecting.

All Machin stamps were printed in photogravure by Harrison on unwatermarked chalk-surfaced paper.


4s6d Booklet Series 7: LP45



Date: May 1968
Printer: Harrison
Watermark: none
Makeup: FC, int, int, UB9, int, UB9, int, UB1, int, BC

LP45 May 1968

4s6d Booklet Series 7: LP46-59

Ships Series



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Date: July 1968
Printer: Harrison
Watermark: none
Makeup: FC, int, int, UB9/11/14, int, UB9/11/14, int, UB1, int, BC

UB9 (two bands):

LP46 July 1968 The Cutty Sark

UB11 (centre band):
LP47 Sept 1968 The Golden Hind
LP48 Nov 1968 The Discovery

UB14 (bright vermilion):
LP49 Jan 1969 Queen Elizabeth 2
LP50 Mar 1969 Sirius
LP51 May 1969 Sirius
LP52 July 1969 The Dreadnought
LP53 Sept 1969 The Dreadnought
LP54 Nov 1969 Mauretania
LP55 Jan 1970 Mauretania
LP56 Mar 1970 Victory
LP57 May 1970 Victory
LP58 Aug 1970 The Sovereign of the Seas
LP59 Oct 1970 The Sovereign of the Seas


5s Booklet Series 8: HP26-38

English Homes Series



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Date: Dec 1968
Printer: Harrison
Watermark: none
Makeup: FC, int, int, int, UB19, int, UB19, int, BC

HP26 Dec 1968 Ightham Mote *
HP27 Feb 1969 Little Moreton Hall
HP28 Apr 1969 Long Melford Hall
HP29 June 1969 Long Melford Hall
HP30 Aug 1969 Long Melford Hall
HP31 Oct 1969 Mompesson House
HP32 Dec 1969 Mompesson House
HP33 Feb 1970 Cumberland Terrace
HP34 Mar 1970 Philympia — see below
HP35 June 1970 The Vinyard, Saffron Walden
HP36 Aug 1970 The Vinyard, Saffron Walden
HP37 Oct 1970 Mereworth Castle
HP38 Dec 1970 Mereworth Castle

* Pronounced “item moat”.

5s Booklet Series 8: HP34



Date: Mar 1970
Printer: Harrison
Watermark: none
Makeup: FC, int, int, int, UB19, int, UB19, int, BC

Issued to publicise the Philympia International Philatelic Exhibition to be held at the Empire Hall, Olympia, London from 18 to 26 September 1970. The cover was designed by Peter Gauld, and all adverts were related to stamp collecting. Although introduced in March, a reserve stock of 100,000 booklets was held for sale at the exhibition.

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Stitching trials were made using different coloured threads. The trial booklets had the issued outside front cover but otherwise were made up from surplus interleaves (from Jan 1970 6s) and surplus back covers (from Dec 1969 5s). Thread colours were black, blue, green, yellow, pink, and red.


HP34a: shilling stroke omitted from 5/- bottom left corner


6s Booklet Series 9: QP28-37



Date: Sept 1967
Printer: Harrison
Watermark: none
Makeup: FC, int, int, UB7/8/9, int, UB7/8/9, int, UB7/8/9, int, BC

Booklets QP32-37 have an additional interleaf after the front cover.

UB7 (gum arabic, deep sepia):

QP28 Sept 1967
QP29 Oct 1967
QP30 Nov 1967
QP31 Dec 1967
QP32 Jan 1968

UB8 (gum arabic, deep olive-brown):
QP33 Feb 1968
QP34 Mar 1968
QP35 Apr 1968
QP36 May 1968

UB9 (PVA gum, deep olive-brown):
QP37 May 1968

6s Booklet Series 9: QP38-55

Birds Series



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Date: June 1968
Printer: Harrison
Watermark: none
Makeup: FC, int, int, int, UB9/11/14, int, UB9/11/14, int, UB9/11/14, int, BC

Booklet QP54: has only two interleaves at front.

UB9 (two bands):

QP38 June 1968 Kingfisher
QP39 July 1968 Kingfisher
QP40 Aug 1968 Peregrine Falcon

UB11 (centre band):
QP41 Sept 1968 Peregrine Falcon
QP42 Oct 1968 Pied Woodpecker
QP43 Nov 1968 Pied Woodpecker
QP44 Dec 1968 Great Crested Grebe
QP45 Jan 1969 Barn Owl

UB14 (bright vermilion):
QP46 Feb 1969 Barn Owl
QP47 Mar 1969 Jay
QP48 May 1969 Jay
QP49 July 1969 Puffin
QP50 Sept 1969 Puffin
QP51 Nov 1969 Cormorant
QP52 Jan 1970 Cormorant
QP53 Apr 1970 Wren
QP54 Aug 1970 Golden Eagle
QP55 Oct 1970 Golden Eagle

Gum arabic panes UB14(b) were used instead of PVA panes as follows:

QP46 (a) GGP (b) GPG (c) GPP (d) PGG (e) PGP (f) PPG (g) GGG
QP47 (a) GGP (b) PGP (c) PPG (d) GPP (e) GPG (f) GGG

Combination PGG has not been recorded in booklet QP47.

Booklet QP38 is known miscut (last pane folded):


10s Booklet Series 10: XP4-5

Explorers Series



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Date: May 1968
Printer: Harrison
Watermark: none
Makeup: FC, int, int, UB9, int, UB9, int, UB9, int, UB9, int, UB6, int, UB1, int, BC

UB9 (two bands):

XP4 May 1968 Livingstone
XP5 Aug 1968 Livingstone

10s Booklet Series 10: XP6-12



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Date: Sept 1968
Printer: Harrison
Watermark: none
Makeup: FC, int, int, int, UB19, int, UB19, int, UB11/14, int, UB11/14, int, UB3/4, int, BC

UB11, UB3 (centre band):

XP6 Sept 1968 Scott

UB14, UB4 (bright vermilion):
XP7 Feb 1969 Mary Kingsley
XP8 May 1969 Mary Kingsley
XP9 Aug 1969 Shackleton
XP10 Nov 1969 Shackleton
XP11 Feb 1970 Frobisher
XP12 Nov 1970 Capt. Cook

Gum arabic panes UB14(b) were used instead of PVA panes as follows:

XP8 (a) PPPGP (b) PPGPP

Booklet XP7 overprinted “SCHOOL SPECIMEN”:


A few genuine XP7 “Mary Kingsley” school specimen booklets are known. At least one has been split for the panes. Most school specimen overprints are forged.


Booklet Panes

Booklet panes of six were printed in photogravure on unwatermarked chalk-surfaced paper using double cylinders (no-dot and dot sheets), each sheet having 240 stamps arranged as 20 upright booklet panes, and 20 inverted.

The se-tenant panes, UB3 and UB4, were printed and perforated as 20 row sheets, with both cylinder numbers (N5/F4) found next to the bottom row in finished booklets.

All other panes of six were printed from 21 row cylinders and perforated in the web, Type I or Ie. The continuously printed reel was guillotined into sheets of 20 rows before assembly into booklets, resulting in the cylinder number advancing one row on each successive sheet. Cylinder numbers may be found next to the top or bottom row in finished booklets from these cylinders.


Phosphor bands, two per stamp (UB1, UB7-9, UB19), and one left band on rightmost pair (UB4).


Phosphor bands, one centre band (UB3, UB6, UB11, UB14).



UB1: two bands; PVA; Head B; Booklets LP45-59, XP4-5; Perfs I, Ie; Cyls F1, F3 (21-row)



UB3: centre band; PVA; Head B; Booklets XP6; Perfs P, I; Cyls F4 (1d), N5 (4d) (20-row)



UB4: two bands, one band on 4d; PVA; Head B; Booklets XP7-12; Perfs P; Cyls F4, N5 (20-row)



UB6: centre band; PVA; Head B; Booklets XP4-5; Perfs I, Ie; Cyls K2 (21-row)



UB7: two bands; GA; Head A; Booklets QP28-32; Perfs I, Ie; Cyls N1 (21-row)
UB8: two bands; GA; Head A; Booklets QP33-36; Perfs I, Ie; Cyls N1
UB9: two bands; PVA; Head A; Booklets LP45-46, QP37-40, XP4-5; Perfs I, Ie; Cyls N1
UB11: centre band; PVA; Head A; Booklets LP47-48, QP41-45, XP6; Perfs I, Ie; Cyls N1, N2



UB14: centre band; Booklets LP49-59, QP46-55, XP7-12; Perfs I, Ie; Cyls N1, N2, N7 (21-row)
UB14(A): PVA; Head A
UB14(B): PVA; Head B
UB14(b): GA; Head A



UB19: two bands; PVA; Head B; Booklets HP26-38, XP6-12; Perfs I, Ie; Cyls R2, R3 (21-row)

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