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cdj1122
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On one visit to Aden, I went to an open air bazaar and wandered around looking for something to spend my money on until I realized that the Tommys that were walking around nearby were getting nervous as they scanned the rooftops. It was stiflingly hot and so after a while went to one of the big hotel chains. I sat on their veranda and enjoyed one or two overly alcholic "Gin and Something Sweet" before returning to the ship, which was pre WWII and definitely not A/C'd.
I remember taking a shower and adjusting the fan so I could lie on my bunk and nurse the headache that had developed suddenly only leaving the room again to stand my watches as necessary which I believe were during the night for the rest of our stay.
I suppose it is not always that hot there but the mounitains surrounding the bay that visit created a hot humid air tub that week and I wondered how people could live like that long term.

I saw a news feature last evening that showed the UK and Ireland from space and it seems that it is covered head to foot with that white stuff, ..... aaaa snow?
That is a little early in the season, isn't it ? It was chilly here in Florida also and the temperature approached the low 30s for an hour or two before sunrise, but at least the skies are virtually clear from one horizon to the other. By noon I chased the grandkids out to play and they don't need sweaters or jackets. That I can get used to.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BrianT wrote:
H.K. is giving me ideas, is the range large enough to provide an interest?

Hi Brian -as I have said in a previous post Tangles is the guy to talk to - he is an expert on the 1992-1996 definitives.

However as for stretch - it depends how far you want to go. Obviously the date range ends in 1997 so it fits the "dead" criterion. I have a collection from '52 onwards that included the definitives of 1988 to 1992, not quite Machins but close. These are an interesting series as well. There are some quite costly definitives around 1973 but mostly they are pretty reasonably priced, even some of the varieties. (I assume you are talking MNH).
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
Anthony from UK here.
An existing member - Novato - who I have traded with asked me to join.
I am currently sorting through 10Kg of kiloware and have started a 'basic' machin collection using the free album pages from adminware.ca as a basis.
For regular perfs I'm missing <10 and haven't started on the ellipticals yet.

I'm in Hants and thinking of joining the Basingstoke club if anyone has any pointers.

I also collect mainly France, TAAF and Belize but have a bit of everything as long as it is engraved especially by Slania.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi again Dave and other members,
I havent forgotten the pic of my Urch Harris albums but my son took my advice and stayed in Dubai for an extra week. He is due back this coming tuesday so I will be able to post pictures from tues onwards. He says he visited the main PO in Dubai and just got me a selection of stamps, what they had on offer, so that could be interesting.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 5:47 am    Post subject: HK Machins Reply with quote

Sorry about the late response to Brian's query about 1992-97 Hong Kong Machins! Dave pointed it out to me. I missed that post!
The range is not large, but large enough to have a few tricky stamps and to be interesting. There were about 30 values over the years, but about half of them come with or without phosphor bands (one, the $2.10, comes with both 2B and CB varieties), and there are a range of interesting booklets and miniature sheets. There were two prestige booklets and nine '7-11' booklets (because they were largely only sold at this shop). The booklet stamps are subtly different from the sheet stamps. There are also coil strips which are also subtly different! If you start collecting cylinder blocks, that can also keep you entertained, as there were six to eight printings of most values. None of the stamps is terribly expensive, though the 60c and 70c values can be a bit tricky to find (especially on cover) and cylinder blocks of ten of the high values will set you back a bit. If you collect booklets, coils, single stamps and miniature sheets you could probably complete the collection in a year for a couple of hundred pounds at most; add another few hundred pounds for cylinder blocks, but probably another five years as there are some which are really elusive Ebay is a good source for the single values, miniature sheets and booklets - just search 'Hong Kong Machin' under 'worldwide'. I've found Hong Kong dealers I've bought from to be pretty reliable, but some don't always send you the item in the picture. I can let you know which dealers I recommend!

Finally, there are only a few real varieties to collect. The 50c value is known imperforate, but that is already expensive and only a top half sheet was sold, and doesn't seem to have been broken up, so is unlikely to become available to mere mortals like me! A 1994 blue $10 value in a miniature sheet is known missing the yellow colour and the security overprint, and that is much cheaper (about US$300 if you buy in Hong Kong). Finally, singles and blocks have been doing the rounds of a value claimed to be the $1.90 with only the head printed - these sell for a couple of hundred pounds each, but are probably not as rare as some auction houses have suggested, as at least two sheets have now been released (that's 200 stamps).

I have an article on these being published in the Capital Philatelist, the local journal in Canberra, where I live - half has come out already. I'm happy to send you a copy (though the Editor will probably kill me!).
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:25 pm    Post subject: Hello Reply with quote

I have been an accumulator of GB for a long time (of and on for about 70 years), but concentrate now on Machins. Collector level a bit over 1 but with only parts of both levels 2 and 3 incorporated.

My days of handling Wildings are over, I think, as all the watermarks on mine seemed to have disappeared ! Has anyone else noticed that - "fugitive watermarks" - a new aspect of collecting. Enjoy George V and VI but nothing out of the ordinary and far from complete.

I like the thought that a stamp has carried out its function - so postally used please me, but that can be challenging with PSB machins.

Me personally: botanist/gardener and now a consultant (interesting line to walk between that and being unemployed). Originally from UK and work there as much as I can, including a regular two months in the spring with a butterfly outfit. We live in Fort Lauderdale and have been amazingly lucky with weather this past summer and now winter so far.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Derek.
As you might have noticed in glancing through the existing notes I am also more interested in Postally Used than mint. With that comes acceptance that a stamp may not have been loved during its entire flight through the mail system.

While my home is "Lecanto" which is about 100 miles north of Downtown Tampa, I have been staying at a daughter's home in Port St Lucie during the school year so I can "baby sit" two of my grandsons.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info Daniel.

My favourite part of collecting is designing and making up albums, hence HK is just too limited, pity I do like them.

Hence its Germany 1933-1945, including all the occupied countries, legions, officials etc. That should keep me amused for ages, thing is the cost is reasonable. and the scope for branching out limitless......now getting diverted into Danzig for instance.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has been a couple of weeks and there are some new members to welcome. I hope that they will enjoy the pages and take part in our discussion.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:18 pm    Post subject: Hello Reply with quote

Hello to everyone using this forum and thanx to Dave for providing it. My name is John, I'm from cold & damp (at the moment anyway) Somerset UK. Iv,e been collecting stamps for the last 50 years on and off. Nothing serious until the past couple of years. My collection is u/m G.B. singles as far back as possible on a budget. I am by no means an expert but try to learn as much as possible about GB stamps as time allows.

My interest in stamps took off when my Aunt Bessie (not of Yorkshire pudding fame) gave me an old album of used stamps about 1960, some of which I still have, wish I still had the rest??

Iv'e been interested in Machins since their introduction because I like the "simple clean cut no frills design" but only recently started checking phosphers etc.

Hope I can be an active participant in the forum in the future. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard, John.
I would not worry about not being an expert, certainly even those members who are somewhat experienced have accumulated that experience in certain areas of Machins and would be quick to acknowledge less detailed expertize in others.
But that is the fun, learning about facets of both the Machin series that had never been considered before as well as details of all other areas of the hobby.
So just chime in whenever you feel the urge to share the considerable knowledge you have to have gained since 1960. Or if chiming seems to fail, use a keyboard.
besides all that we do have one section devoted to "Life in General";
http://stamp-collector.co.uk/MachinForum/viewforum.php?f=13
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanx for the welcome message Charlie, nice place to live (Florida). Spent several great visits there in the 70's & 80's. Always met freindly people and made to feel welcome. Ft Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Florida Keys, Kissimmi and of course Disney to name a few places I got to see. Lots of sun and great scenery even in the Everglades. Distant memories now though. Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know the feeling. I haven't been to London since England won the World Cup.
That was sure some year there. I had been in Rotterdam for some time watching the games in Dutch which I only vaguely understood and came to London and found I had not much more idea of the commentary in pubs there either beyond that things had gone quite well.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:35 pm    Post subject: Introduction Reply with quote

Hi to you all

I have been a member for some years but lately have taken a keen interest in reading all your comments and as my wife hates me talking about stamps what a opportunity this is for me discuss what I love, that is apart from my wife and family.

Let me tell you about myself:

I am nearly 60, and I have been a collector of all types of GB Issues since I was at First School where I had joined a Stamp Club, collected quite a lot of early GB then swapped them for DC Comics which I have regretted ever since, in my teens I decided to get back into collecting and started with Mint Commemorative's, FDC and Presentation Packs, I was hooked and progressed into everything I can get my Hands on. In the main I have concentrated on the QEII Issues, although I do have earlier Issues of the Kings etc. In the last 10 years though my passion is in the NVI Issues collecting Mint, Cancelled, Books, FDC's, Presentation Packs etc. For my Cancelled collection I only deal with good circular cancels and have a good supply of stock books of these.

I suppose I would consider myself a more specialist collector as my interest is above the standard levels than most.

I sell on eBay under the name of Geordie-Dad and have had the pleasure of selling all over the world, in the main it is mostly good cancelled issues, but I do dabble in Business Headers. My buyers have been generous with their feed backs and have appreciated their comments.

What I love about stamps is the fact that there is always something new to learn about them and I have a williness to learn so I look forward to reading and perhaps making some new contacts whereby we can exchange our points of view.

Thank You
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amongst other things that Geordie-Dad isn't telling you is:

  • His name is Melvyn
  • We are both pretty much the same age
  • I have dealt with Melvyn several times on eBay - always to my complete satisfaction.
  • He is an expert on the new security issues (and probably other areas of Machins as well - that I don't know).

Welcome and we look forward to your input Melvyn

PS - Love your avatar.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can echo your pleasure at dealing with Geordie-Dad. His ebay listing are exemplary for the detail given when he has put together an "exhibit" of stamps with a common thread. Great pleasure to see, and from which to learn. Derek
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everybody,

My name is David, I have collected machins for 15 years and stamps since don't know when, (over 50 years)!

I got into machins after one of my clients learn't I collected stamps and gave me 2 bin sacks of machins her father had collected before he died.

My level of collecting is between Douglas Myall's, level 2and 3.

I only collect postally used and have 2 side lines. The first is reconstructing booklet panes (used stamps only)some are very hard to track down and mounting up takes a lot of time. The second is my own version of a timeline. Basically it involves aquiring each value with a clear year cancel of all the years it was available ( in the case of 1p and 2p thats 40 copies of each!!) and it does mean sorting through tons of kiloware.

That's enough about me. David
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi David
Hurray another collector like myself, welcome , I also collect good fine used Machins above Level 1 mostly from QE11 reign. If you ever want to exchange information or wants let me know as I have a lot of dated cancels in "to sort" boxes. I have been organising my NVI collections at the moment but eventually will get to the Definitives.

Look forward to communicating with you.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:11 pm    Post subject: Overwhelmed Machin newby Reply with quote

Hi everyone, My name is Kirsty and I am a stamp collector from Cornwall, England.

I started collecting stamps when I was 13, but gaining a social life at 16 put a halt to it. I picked it up again when I was 30, and had given up work to be home with my 2 sons. It is the only thing that has kept me sane for the past 3 years!

I always avoided Machin stamps as they were just 'boring common GB stamps' to me. Last year, I decided to really focus on my GB (and RSA) collections, rather than simply collecting everything! This led me to look more closely at my Machins.

I thought they were going to be an easy task, as I have stamp album pages for GB. No Problem!!! Or so I thought.

These infuriating little stamps have now taken over my life. I decided that I didn't want my Machin pages laid out the way they were in my album...so I started looking around the net for ideas to make my own. As I'm sure you have all experienced, this led to research, research, despair and even more research. I told myself I just wanted a basic Machin collection, but the more information I got, the more I wanted, and I now relise that I will never be satisfied with a basic collection, as there is so many variations to the stamps.

After going through several kilos of kiloware, I now have loads of hagner sheets of different Machins, waiting for me to create my pages. That is what I opened my laptop to do today, and instead, I found your forum and spent hours reading your posts.

Great forum by the way!

Well, thats me. Lovely to join you all, but I'd better at least attempt my new pages! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum Kirsty - any questions feel free to ask.

I assume form your comments about Kiloware that you are collecting USED Machins or maybe it is both.

We have a number of members who are committed to one or the other and both to several different "levels" so you will not be alone.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, sorry Dave, I forgot to mention, I collect used stamps only. (although I sometimes keep a mint stamp as a spacefiller until i find a used copy.)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Kirsty

My Daughter's name is Kirsty so we have something in common already, my passion is in Machin's see my post, like you I decided to collect above Level 1 and it is endless. You mention making your own Album pages I have started to do this and if you want I can send you some samples of what I have done to give you some idea, it depends on what information you want to include on each stamp, codes, dates etc and then organizing what you already have to what else you want to include, i.e. Level 1-above.

In the future if you need any help don't hesitate to contact me, it's always good to discuss stamps with someone of similar collective traits .

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply Melvyn.

I've just reached the tear my hair out, cry, and give up stage!!! Why oh why couldn't I have been happy with 1 of each denomination and colour!!!!

I am only using SG concise, and have Dauwaulders price list showing me what SG doesnt! I know...I need Deegams but don't have the spare cash right now. (it's my birthday on Saturday so if I don't get a pressie from my other half, I may rebel and buy it!!!) there is one for under £8 on eBay but it's a 1995 edition...not up to date but better than nothing!?!

Well, today has been taken over by my little bits of paper, and their possible new displays, so I'd better go and pretend to be interested in my partner.

Take care, and great choice of name for your daughter.

Kirsty. X
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kirsty

Please please do not pay £8 for a 1995 edition - it is virtually worthless at more than 15 years old......

Old catalogues are nice if you collect them for example I have a 1925 Gibbons Catalogue that gives me a smile occasionally.

But that doesn't really hold good for a 90's Deegam Handbook - I am afraid.

Good as they are they need to be kept to no more than a year old really....
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dave

Thanks for the advice. I figured a 1995 version would at least help me with the pre decimals and get me on my way. I have SG stamps of the world 2007 which is out of date, but since most of my collection is earlier than that it is ok. I guess Deegams doesn't work like that. Ok, I need to save up and get an up to date one then. Thanks again for the advice. Much needed beauty sleep is now required so night night to all of the people who also hoard little bits of paper. X
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kirsty, Therre are several Forum posters who make pages and, if you can run them down, are generous in offering samples. You have probably made a note of these people as I did as a newbie recently (if that sheet of paper would only resurface ...). Dave, the Head Boy is one, and you should know that Robin Harris of the Adminware site offers a basic level set free. But Deegam will be your undoing! Just to warn you. Stock up on food and clothes for the children because they probably won't see you for a week when you first get the disc.

Good luck in dropping the hint in the right place about what is needed to keep you civil around birthday time. Derek
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will pay you to get the Deegam Disc direct from him as you get a password, this enables you to access the Reports for download, you can then place them into the Discs Report Folder and use the links to access other information pages, however it will not update your listing though.

Another tip is to copy the Disc onto your Desktop, it makes life much easier.

With Album pages from other sources means that you are tied to what design and content they have, it is far better to design your own. You can get 150-200grm white ink jet paper from a high street stationary chain called Ryman, they may have a web site, I normally get mine from my Local shop, they also do a pale cream colour which I use for my Header pages.

Good luck anyway, your life has just been turned upside down now, there is not enough time and you will be needing plenty of patience.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Kirsty.

Dave ( Gooner) supplies pages at a very reasonable price. However the trouble here is no two collections are alike.

This is a sample of the pages I have made for my collection, but, and it's a big but. I have completed my Machin collection.



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are probably going a bit off topic in this particular thread talking about both albums and Deegam, but just to say I agree with you Melvyn on the subject of albums which is why I do not push mine on this forum.
That is for here:
http://stamp-collector.co.uk/MachinForum/viewtopic.php?t=601

I enjoy seeing other's efforts such as BrianT for example who produces beautiful albums that suit his collecting purposes.

Unfortunately (or fortunately in my case) it is down to time for many people. not everyone has the time or in fact the PATIENCE required to build their own and hence the need for people like me (actually I am not the author of most that I sell so I cannot take the credit for them) to be able to supply something which at least comes close to the need and satisfies a market demand that many of the big publishers don't.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In several threads we have discussed different albums and sources. However I chose the black "Vario" pages and would suggest a similar course of action so that as you find some of the endless variations you can insert the stamps into their sequence and re-arrange them at will.
This would be especially helpful when you do get the up to date disc and discover the depth of some of the issues.
You will be astounded when you realize that some color/value group that look just about identical actually are very diffeent stamps that you will probably want to insert in an appropriate space.
Let me also add my name to those who recommend you not invest any real money in the almost 20 year old '95 printing. About the ony value I can find to you would be if you tossed away the lists and simpy used the chapters to read about the printing processes and how to determine the differences between the variations. At least that would give you some grounding in the intricacies of the issues.
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I see that there are a fw new members. Welcome aboard. I wish they would post something here so we could all getto know each other a bit.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,
My name is Luis QUevedo. I live in Spain. A friend advise me to this forum and i hope to learn a lot.
Regards. Luis Quevedo
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the group, Luis.
What stamps do you collect ?
While just about everyone here is interested in Machins, and many also collect other countries or even worldwide.
Among Machin affectionadoes some collect Postally Used, others Mint singles. Quite a few are devoted to booklet and mini sheet panes in one form or another.
Some are interested in complete covers showing appropriate postal usage and first or last day of issue.
I collect postally used stamps both Wildings and Machin singles as well as the stamps of many other nations in my world wide albums.
Just about every member is willing to assist others by contributing their knowledge when questions arise.
I note that you are looking for examples of the Machins in your other post. The first question that popped into my mind was whether you mean used or mint.
If you are looking for used in bulk one of the threads discusses our attempts to buy and sell large quantities. In that thread I point out that I just won a 2 kilo lot on ebay, which I trust is making its way across the Atlantic as we sit here typing away.
All and all the hobby, and Machin specialization is about as exciting as any part of the hobby and probably all the excitement my old heart can handle.
So if you have a query, ask away and one of us will try our best to help you as well as anyone else who follows this forum.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

I collect used single machins. Tell me by pm about your lot of 2 kilos.

Regards. Luis
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

luisqs wrote:
Hello,

I collect used single machins. Tell me by pm about your lot of 2 kilos.

Regards. Luis

Try this link to where we discussed some bulk lots.
http://stamp-collector.co.uk/MachinForum/viewtopic.php?t=672
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You also can use the search feature to look for other discussions of "Bulk Purchases" or "bulk lots".
Another thread;
http://stamp-collector.co.uk/MachinForum/viewtopic.php?t=577&highlight=bulk+purchase
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:45 pm    Post subject: new member Reply with quote

" .... I am under no illusion that I can ever "complete" the Machins, since the number of them appears to be aproaching infinity (just kidding, but a lot). ....."
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:45 am    Post subject: continuation of intro Reply with quote

Be accident, a portion of my initial post was deleted, so here goes again.

my name is Ron, and i live in a rural area of Georgia in the USA. The internet is my friend. It lets me stay in touch with other collectors and buy stamps from all over.

My main interests in collecting are US, and selected Great Britain: Machins, engraved Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, and King George V.

As the tail end of the post above says, I know that I can never complete the Machins (or any other collection for that matter) but it is fun trying to get as many as I can.

I am working on the second level as described in the Deegam handbook. however I can be persuaded to add whatever comes along.

Anyway, looking to read, learn and perhaps make some contributions.

Hello to all.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:55 am    Post subject: avatar Reply with quote

My choice of avatar does emphatically not indicate a lack of interest in Machins. It is simply the favorite stamp I have in my collection.

For all the dedicted Machin collectors, don't hit me. javascript:emoticon('Very Happy')
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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" .... I am under no illusion that I can ever "complete" the Machins, since the number of them appears to be aproaching infinity (just kidding, but a lot). ....."

Hi Ron, It is good to have another collector aboard.
I just want to add that for those who collect the series postally used, your estimate of the absolute limit of the potential number of Machins in a collection ( "#→∞" ) is far closer to fact than fantasy.
Once the essential group of color/value stamps are found and the similar number of fairly easily differntiated varieties added, the number is around 1,000.
Then using long and short wave lights, a strong magnifier and of course the Deegam's Handbook as a guide, that number can be doubled and prehaps doubled again.
If a collector is interested in shades of known varieties the total jumps again.
Flyspeck collectors add even more to the mix and then it gets interesting as attention can be paid to clear dated cancels from different towns and postal sorting offices or the earliest known date and last day a value fills some usage.
The sky, or perhaps storage availability is really the limit. And that does not even begin to consider cut squares, or rectangles, and postally used non-commercial entires.
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At that point we have to be, "----→∞", approaching infinity.
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And ast this point I think I have fixed things about as well as I can.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

My name's Chris from the UK. I've been collecting stamps in one way shape or form since I was a kid (father, mother, uncle & grandmother all collected too - guess it runs in the family!).

Exactly what I collect varies depending on how I'm feeling at the time, but I can break it down into the following:

US used - my primary collection I suppose...
GB mint from the Royal Mail and used when I find them
Football stamps - haven't looked at this for a good few years though.
Random world stamps that I like
And finally, only recently started collecting Machins properly Shocked

I've bought myself a copy of the Deegams CD and a brand new stockbook to keep them all in. I'm only now realising just how enormous this task is going to be. I'm going to attempt to for for a DG level 3 collection, not because I think I'll ever get close to finishing it, but I don't see the point in not doing so...

That's it really. I have a few questions already, but I'll raise them in the relevant sub forums.

Chris.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good morning Chris,
It is good to have another collector here. I like the range of stamps that interest you as, I suppose, it mirrors my interests quite closely.
As you use the Deegam, be sure to set some time aside to read some of the Chapters as the info applies to stamp production in general.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, My name is John and I come from the land from down under. I have been collecting stamps fot about 30 years(on and off)but now that I'm retired I can start to really get stuck into it again.My collection consists of USA, Australia & Australian Antarctic, New Zealand & Ross Dependencies, Papua-New Guinea and now I have started with the Machins and feel like I've been missing out on something for a long time because the Machin bug has really got a hold. I have allready had a couple of questions answered about soakingthem off paper and found it very helpful and it feels great to be a part of a group that has the same interests and can help solve any problem that one can think of. I collect both used and mint.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are glad to have you John. I hope you are not in th area affected by those recent floods and the Typhoons.
The members welcome questions any time and try our best to provide answers.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Charlie,
Thank you for your concern but I live far enough away from the river that I don't have to worry to much about flooding. Allthough the North East of Victoria(where I live) has had a lot of rain. Just short of the forty days and forty nights(if you get what I mean)
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello:

My name is Carlos. I am from Argentina. The main topic of my collection are the lighthouses stamps.
Two years ago, I received a box with about 3000/3500 used machin stamps. There are 30 diferent stamps with about 100 of each value.
Finally I decided "to open" that box and start to give some order and learn about the many variables and characteristics of the Machin Stamps.
I will start to navigate this forum and try to find some answers to my questions.

Thats all.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Carlos and welcome to the forum.

I too have an old wooden cigar box somewhere that I acquired some years ago with a similar content. I believe it is called "bundleware". I have never yet had time to sort through all these used stamps. Every so often, when I am looking for something else I will come across this cigar box and open it saying I must investigate these soon. Away it goes until the next time I am searching for something.

Sorry - I digress - back to the forum -- search away - if there are still unanswered questions the membership enjoy nothing more than helping fellow Machin collectors.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What Dave said !
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Dave and thanks Charlie for the welcome.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:22 am    Post subject: hello to all Reply with quote

My name is Arie and I'm from Israel I'm retired teacher.
I collect stamps for many years snd have some nice collection with them used and mint GB collection.
At the last year I have work on my machin used collection and l had stated also to build up mint machin collection too.
looking forward to good connection with members in this forum.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad to see a new name joining the group, Arie. The Machins can be a collection all by themselves.
If there are any questions we can help you with just ask and see what happens.
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