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Gooner
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Arie and welcome to the forum.

It is great seeing so many International collectors of Machins. In the last month alone we have had new members from Australia, the US, Argentina and now Israel.

We of course have also seen new members from the UK.


Welcome to all and please make use of the facilities of the site.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:38 am    Post subject: Thanks Dave Reply with quote

I do hope to a good answers here and help to fill the gaps in my collections.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:26 pm    Post subject: GB Booklets Reply with quote

Hello,

My name is Kevin and I have collected GB Stamp Booklets for many years and have build up a fairly large collection, with pride of place going to a 1904 KEVII Booklet which I bought as a treat from a local stamp auction.

I hope I will be able to help with questions on GB Stamp Booklets which any members may have.

I buy collections from auctions as I love searching for varieties to fill in the gaps however this has one drawback - duplicates Very Happy

I started clearing these through Ebay but I had to stop as I was paying far too much in fees, so about 6 months ago I set up my own website www.mollydogbooklets.com

Looking forward to talking to you in the future.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:36 pm    Post subject: Re: GB Booklets Reply with quote

Welcome Kevin,

Mollydog wrote:
I buy collections from auctions as I love searching for varieties to fill in the gaps however this has one drawback - duplicates Very Happy

I started clearing these through Ebay but I had to stop as I was paying far too much in fees, so about 6 months ago I set up my own website www.mollydogbooklets.com.


I know both problems only too well ... too many duplicates and eBay fees too high. I do still have to sift though and catalogue many of mine so you may have a few questions coming your way - once I start.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 3:09 am    Post subject: Hi I'm new. Reply with quote

Hi to all, my name is Alex and i am pleased to be here. I collect GB and British Commonwealth and I am especially fond of these wonderful Machins.

My collection is in its infancy and I hope to eventually build it up to include all the 1400+ varieties, after all hope is free! Smile

I live in Sydney, Australia, so my first collection focused on Australia.The progression to GB and hence the BC was, therefore, predestined.

cheers

alex Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard, Alex.
I am always glad when we get new members from diverse countries.
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1400+ varieties should not be that far in the future.
I figure there are almost 500 color/value varieties almost all available either mint or used at minimal cost.
That number rises to almost 1,000 when you add in varieties that are reasonably easy to see with a little study but still needed little more than some knowledge and a 3x power glass.
And that is where I tell interested collectors the chase gets interesting because with a long wave and short wave UV light, a 10x power glass a bit more knowledge and a lot of patience, the possibilities begin to approach, ...well not infinity, fortunately, but a really high number and probably an infinite number of ways of collecting them all.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope I'm doing this right. My name is Harold, from the US. I learned of this site from Charlie Jensen after I sold a mixture of 400 Machins to him on eBay. Now I'm trying to learn how to navigate the site.

When I started collecting stamps (or rather resumed after serving 11 years in the US Navy) I decided I would use the Scott Catalog as my guide, and attempt to collect a used example of each major or minor issue listed in Scott. When I started my Machin collection I used the same rule, and to date have about 520, which is about 77% of the issues Scott lists. I also design and print my own album pages.

I can't think of any more to say so will stop.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Harold. I am sure as you look through the various forums you will find lots of info that will expand your interest.
BTW besides the sections aimed at the Machins in general we have other ares of interest including threads about favorite stamps and the Hong Kong Machins.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all,
I thought that I joined this forum a few years ago but now can find no reference to it in my little brown book or to me in this forum. But I am retired, as is my memory!
I collect most of GB to a 'Concise' level but have risen to 'Specialised' level as I become more aware of the available varieties ! This particularly applies to the Wildings & Machins.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Price wrote:
Hi all,
I thought that I joined this forum a few years ago but now can find no reference to it in my little brown book or to me in this forum. But I am retired, as is my memory!

For some time I have noticed that the only thing that is getting better these years is my forgetter, so I know full well whereof you speak.
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I once drove a customer home and made sure he got safely inside his house where in the few minutes that I was there I saw yellow sticky notes all over the house, the kitchen and the bathroom reminding him of the things most mortals take for granted each day.
I had a funny feeling that somewhere in the bed room there might be a note to "end it all" once and for all, that he forgot where he put, or what the "it all" might be.
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Seriously this guy wanted to buy a replacement vehicle for the one that he drove and all over the dashboard he had notes like "Turn the lights on" or very precise instructions on the route to the convenience store or the post office and back home.
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Fortunately we are not at that point, but before I forget my purpose, in this post, welcome to the forum. Ian. I hope you enjoy the posts and will contribute to them to them yourself.
One of the reasons I seldom sell, trade or part with even the most common Machin is that every once in a while I come across some interesting variation I had never noted before and can look back through envelopes to see if I had one all along, but hadn't noticed it.
So good luck.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
I write from New Zealand on the shortest day of the year (for us; for those of you in the UK must be the longest)
On behalf of a local church charity here in Wellington, I've been sorting through a pile of shoe boxes of old, used GB stamps off paper that have accumulated over many years. All neatly sorted into envelopes of 100 by simplified SG number. Pretty clean - the obvious rubbish has been dumped.

And, yes, lots of Machins, which the charity wants to sell (not to mention Wildings, GV ....)

I think the stamps have mainly come through local churches over many years - and an absurd amount of effort in soaking and sorting. So should be a nice diverse spread of sources not found in the UK and thus of types, phosphors, papers, printers etc. etc. Certainly evident on the 1p and 2p values.

Probably a rare opportunity to get your hands on diverse bulk off paper Machins and thus fill in the gaps in the 1,001 variations that Machins come in. As far as I know, the stuff is unchecked for missing phosphors etc., so there could be some goodies. Realistically, as the stamps will mainly have come from ordinary mail, the philatelic issues from Prestige booklets may not be represented.

I'll offer these to some Machin hunters here in NZ and to Machin afficianados on this site before paying the toll to sell through e-bay.

I'll put up a list of the pre-elliptic values on the buy-sell area of this site. We'll sell in groups of values or the whole lot if somebody is keen.
If you have other ideas as to who might be interested in this kind of material let me know.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hello all Smile Thought I had better reply to this thread and introduce myself.

I'm Joe and originally from London but moved down to the coast in 2001 where I've been since, I own several websites (none for stamps yet) and build sites using manual coding (none of that horrid "what you see is what you get" aka "WYSIWYG" or content managment systems like joomla).

I'm one of those classic Land Rover nuts and love the outdoors and volunteer with several groups which provide 4x4 support to emergency services and local councils when required, I also volunteer with a couple of groups maintaining local Byways and tracks that may have become damaged over the years through use.

I've been collecting stamps since I can't remember when and a 3rd generation collector in the family starting with my Nan on mums side, and my Granddad on my dads side. I had a period where I had the stamps sitting away for about 10 to 15 years and didn't touch them but got them back out a couple of years ago and have been hooked on them since, often to the extent of wondering why it's 4 o'clock in the morning when I look at the clock and thinking "oop's".

My collection is getting rather large with friends and family sending any stamps they find at bootsales or in charity shops my way leading to me having several large boxes of stamps that really need sorting on top of those which I've inherited over the years. My main interest is british stamps but have accumulated a large collection of world stamps in the process.

I have been attemping over the past 6 months to catalouge my collection but have barely put a dent in it and would love to find a piece of software that would allow me to create a catalouge of the collection I can store on my computer if anyone knows of such a thing I would be glad to hear about it.

anyway enough about me, I won't bore you any further Rolling Eyes and hope to get to know some of you while I'm here.

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Joe.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Joe - I know what you mean about the 4.00 in the morning bit - and it really is whoa ... realising I only have about 3 hours sleep before I have to get up for work the next day.

On the "cataloguing" side of things there are a number of them out there.
I believe we offer the most flexible database as it entirely open for you to change it to how you like.

You sound like a bit of a techie if you are crafting web sites by hand so you would be able to make changes others probably can't. The only drawback (if you want to call it that) is that you must have a copy of MS ACCESS (any version from 2000 upwards).

At £9.99 it is hardly a bank breaker either .... try comparing our price with some of the others on offer.
Anyway (if you have ACCESS) have a look and see what you think

http://stamp-collector.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=80_82&products_id=1684

If not try googling "Stamp database" and you will find a list of those on offer.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gooner wrote:
Welcome Joe - I know what you mean about the 4.00 in the morning bit - and it really is whoa ... realising I only have about 3 hours sleep before I have to get up for work the next day.

On the "cataloguing" side of things there are a number of them out there.
I believe we offer the most flexible database as it entirely open for you to change it to how you like.

You sound like a bit of a techie if you are crafting web sites by hand so you would be able to make changes others probably can't. The only drawback (if you want to call it that) is that you must have a copy of MS ACCESS (any version from 2000 upwards).

At £9.99 it is hardly a bank breaker either .... try comparing our price with some of the others on offer.
Anyway (if you have ACCESS) have a look and see what you think

http://stamp-collector.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=80_82&products_id=1684

If not try googling "Stamp database" and you will find a list of those on offer.


Just seen your reply Gooner, Thanks for that Smile

I will definately be investing in the software that you've linked in your post as it appears to be excately what I've been looking for and at a reasonable price.

If I get bored enough and have a play about with the software and find anyways of helping to improve it I'll definitely pass them on to you for approval and others to make use of.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:03 pm    Post subject: New to forums Reply with quote

Hi all
I'm Dave and have been collecting stamps for some years on and off. Only collect GB and enjoy collecting Machins. I do it for fun so not into bands, gum etc. Way too specialised and expensive for me.

After a break from collecting ( big mistake with all the new stamps in recent years ) I need to sort out my collection which will lead me to making some posts as getting confused with what i have and searching different sites isn't helping. lol

See you soon in the posts
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wellcome Dave.
It is always nice to see a collector resume the hobby.
Ask away and siomeone will try to offer an explaination,
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Charlie, I'm just compiling my list of questions for the forums. Forgot to mention I'm from Manchester, England. Just bought some modern packs from Royal mail today so should have most of the stamps from the last few years.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to here and meet new friends!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are always glad to welcome new members. But besides answering questions that directly bear upon th Machins there are sevral sub forums that explore favorite stamps that might not be a Machin and just chat about things that interest different members.
Buried within those comments there might be some wisdom and definitely some silliness or perhaps I should call it whimsical reflections.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:08 pm    Post subject: New Member Reply with quote

Hi, I am Jeremy Hutton. I have collected stamps (on and off) for 40 years, mainly GB, some commonwealth. Only got interested in Machins recently and looking to expand my collection. Would love to swap/trade duplicates, of which i have a few (hundred). Also have a quantity of Victoria and 4 kings.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Dave and board members,

My name is Ralph and along with my wife, Sue we collect GB used up to decimalisation, at least that was what I would have said a year ago...

I started collecting stamps as a schoolboy when I was given a small World stamp album as a Christmas gift. After setting out with the intention of collecting every stamp ever issued, I soon realised that my small stamp album was not large enough, and this was in the days when the SG Simplified was one small volume! Sue also collected whole world stamps in her teens and even attended the stamp auctions with her mother.

Since then our collecting has been honed down. Our main interest is GB pre-decimal used. Sue also has a modest collection of Italian and French, again used. However in recent years She has spent more time on the GB collection. My particular interest has always been the four Kings and especially George V. I am no expert but enjoy reading and learning about my chosen period. Recently after a few finds in an inherited collection we have started to look at the Victorian line engraved issues. This is something we intend to educate our selves on over the next few years!

Although the internet has done a lot for specialist interest hobbies, I am not a great fan of purchasing via the web. It seems to me if you have deep enough pockets, you can buy anything you want just by carrying out an internet search taking what I consider the fun out of the hunt. Having said that I have been tempted from time to time...

By being fussy we can keep the interest going. We much prefer attending stamp fairs, auctions and stamp shops, where we can hunt for the nicely centred, perfect perfs and lightly cancelled copies.

A new phase in our collecting has just opened up. Recently I have inherited my late father's enormous collection of all world, GB mint commemoratives and FDCs. This collection will take a long time to sort and there are several stock books full of mint stamps, that have been purchased as they were issued for the past 40+ years. His collection was more about quantity with little or no order but he enjoyed it!

We have always been interested in definitives and although we have a few odd Machins it is something that neither Sue or I have ever studied in any great detail. My father did not collect them either but we did find an enormous amount of on-paper examples stuffed in an old stockbook. So, we are devoid of any in depth knowledge of this subject and will no doubt be seeking advice...

Other than collecting stamps, we are keen Meccano enthusiasts and attend meetings and shows around the country on a regular basis. It is interesting just how many Meccano people are also stamp collectors. If you are interested you can see more about our Meccano adventures on our Meccano website - Just Google "Ralph and Sue's Meccano".

So, there it is I have told you a bit about our stamp collecting and us. I am now off to have a look around as see what is going on and ask the odd silly question. I hope, in time, we will be able to contribute something useful to this board...

Ralph
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Jeremy and Ralph.

Great to read your stories. Firstly may I say we welcome all questions and whilst we don't promise to be able to answer all of them - we do try to do so.

May I take this opportunity to say how great it is to see a husband and wife team collecting together. I only wish my wife was in the same mode as her disinterest causes pain trying to get to spend the proper amount of time at fairs and auctions. Thus, unfortunately, most of my purchases are via the web.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 1:19 pm    Post subject: New Member Reply with quote

My name is Bob Parkin. Like many collectors I started as a kid, stopped and came back. I have been seriously collecting since 1986. I was computer programmer for 16 years but after getting laid off for the 3rd time in 3 years I have decided to become a full time stamp dealer. I have been selling my duplicates on bidStart for a few years but now it's time to go full time. I am in the process of getting organized and hope to be fully operational by the end of the month. I don't want to get into the details here but please visit my website for more information if interested.

I love to collect all things Great Britain. While I have a pretty good general knowledge about Machins, I'm interested in getting more specialized.

I look forward to leaning and contributing to this forum.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, Bob.
We are glad you have joined us although sorry about the RIF ("Reduction in Force", A nice way of saying "Got Laid off")

Unfortunately this has happened to all too many decent people and while there is seemingly a light at the end of the wormhole it is hard to tell whether it is a small match burning or a decent sized torch in the far distance. (***)
Good luck with the business startup. Historicly in the Great Depression many folks turned to becoming part time or full time dealers. In fact, they didn't have the chance to use the internets 'cause Al Gore hadn't gotten the idea yet, but they had a name; "vest pocket" dealers. Men, and I suppose a few women, who went from show to show and dealer to dealer working out of their briefcase, selling their stamps and if they were fortunate, buying good stock to further their opportunities.
I remember, and have written about, some of the trips my father took me along on in the late 1940s to Nassau Street on Saturday mornings to the rabbit's warren of small dealers offices that were in the "116" building and around the area. I didn't quite understand much then but later discovered that he was selling stamps and early covers he had accumulated over the years to pay for some of my younger brother's needed cardiology procedures. Not only was there no "internet" to use to sell stamps, there was virtually no "Obama Care" either, but I digress.
So let me wish you the best of fortune with it and if there are any questions that we can help with, please don't be a stranger.
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When you do get your site ready, be sure to put a link on the "Web Pages and Blog Sites" topic below

(***) Or as some have suggested, the headlight of a locomotive.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, my name is Bjørn and I live near Oslo, Norway. I started collecting Machins about 1980, and kept going for a decade or so; then my collecting interests moved on via Norwegian stamps to Coins (Scandinavian countries).

Within the Machin area, my main interests are (were) cylinder blocks, including any collectable variety such as paper, gum and phosphor types, phos number displacements, blind perfs, eeh's, 17 pins etc. Also including Regional issues. And booklets, both folded and the initial years of window / bar code booklets.

While not collecting Machin stamps actively for many years, I will study this forum with great interest. And anyone who might be interested in my 1980s duplicates, should of course feel free to contact me.

Kind regards and happy collecting to all
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good evening Bjørn. Welcome.
I am sure that there are quite a few members who are interested in blocks as you describe.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Bjorn

It's never too late to make a (Machin) comeback, the big advantage today as Charlie points out in his latest posting is that in the 1980's there was no internet (no real personal PCs either) so the research tools have increased phenomenally since then (including Deegam on CD).

By the way if you are looking to sell any of your duplicates for absolutely no cost feel free to advertise them here:
http://stamp-collector.co.uk/MachinForum/viewforum.php?f=4
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Bob - sorry I am a bit slow welcoming you to the forum but I see Charlie has done his usual sterling job.

Just a point your site link to Stamporama produces an "Internal Server Error". I assume from the message I get this is a Stamporama error rather than yours. I don't know the site as I don't use it.

As Charlie says - keep us up to date on your site build. Are you crafting it by hand or is it a purchase "off-the shelf"? I have a reason for asking but if the latter I won't waste your time.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi folks, I'm a complete newbie to stamps. I have, for a long time, been a fairly prolific letter writer. Obviously I started to notice the stamps on the letters that I receive from around the world. I decided that I would like to investigate stamps in general and how best to go about starting a collection. This forum was thrown up by google so here I am poking my nose around to see what it's all about.
I don't, currently, have any specific questions or any specific ideas about what I want to start my collection with. Any advice about where to begin would be gratefully received.
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Hi Jimothy - welcome to the forum.... have you ever heard of Pandora's box - if so you have just opened it.

I'll start it off by saying you have joined a forum that is dedicated to a particular issue of stamp i.e. those that use the Machin head. That doesn't mean you would not be welcome whatever you collect- it's just that is where the main base of knowledge will be, although I suspect that many of our members collect far wider - I do myself as I collect Canadian and US definitive stamps as well.

Where does a complete newbie start - wow - what a question - it is dependant on so much, mostly the size of your wallet. For example if you listen to some DEALERS they will try to persuade you that buying top-end stamps is a better bet than the stock market (but then again what isn't right now).

At the other end you could start with "postmarks from your town" which should be pretty much free.

Then there is just about everything else inbetween,


Can you do me a favour - can you go into your profile and add where you live (as others have done).

This will help people when answering questions for example if you live in Antarctica - someone may suggest collecting Antarctica stamps whereas if you live in Dubai you probably wouldn't see any interest in such a topic.

Also we would be able to tell about the humidity in your locale which would help decide how you store them,
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the welcome.

I have added my location to my profile.

I guess I already have a collection, of sorts, as I have all the stamps on the letters I have received. But maybe that's too eclectic a place for a beginning.

So i guess the first question is how do I store them?
What kind of albums are there available and how do I get the stamos to stay in them?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know, Dave. If I lived in Dubai or anywhere along those latitudes, stamps from Antarctica or Greenland cancelled in Thule might be just what I'd enjoy on a hot afternoon.
Very Happy Smile Laughing

One thing I'd like to add to Dave's note is that while we were almost all drawn to the Machin Forum by an interest in the Machin series, there are quite a few topics open further down on the screen that relate to all other areas of stamps collecting and even just "Life in General".
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jimothy - well I don't believe it - here I am talking about humidity and all that rubbish and you live in the same town as me!!! Ni humidity problems here!!!! Wink

Didn't even realise there were two collectors in the town - what a coincidence.

Let's park this as we really to discuss storage etc in another thread other than Roll Call ....

Here's my suggestion:

Go here:
http://stamp-collector.co.uk/MachinForum/viewforum.php?f=9

and start a new thread ... like "Storing Stamps for Newbies" or maybe something a bit more grammatical .... and I will give my thoughts - I am sure others will chip in.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:57 pm    Post subject: quiero coleccionar machins Reply with quote

HOLA COMPAÑERO@S DEL FORO
soy jarrrr desde España y quiero empezar a liarme con esta serie interminable de los machins ,por lo que solicito material en usado a cambio ofrezco selllos de españa en usado o en nuevo pero en valor de pesetas o centimos de pesetas
mi direccion de correo la envio por mp
saludos a tod@s y espero hagamos buenas relaciones
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Jarr ... unfortunatley I am one of the many non-Spanish speakers on this forum - however with the aid of modern technology I give you the direct unedited Babelfish translation ... to aid our members.

    HELLO COMPAÑERO@S OF THE FORUM I am jarrrr from Spain and I want to begin to roll to me with this interminable series of machins, reason why I ask for used material in return I offer selllos of used Spain or in peseta but new value or penny of pesetas my direction of mail the shipment by mp greetings to tod@s and I hope we make good relations

Although I understand the gist - I am not too sure of parts of it and the translation may be a bit literal.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave,

Try the babelfish in your other ear !

Alex.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Idioms are hell at times.

" ...I’m Jarr, from Spain and want to begin to get involved with this endless series of Machins, I am looking for used material and in exchange I offer stamps of Spain either used or new but with a value of quarters or cents (Or perhaps shillings and pence Laughing ). I can send you my address. Thank you all and I hope we can continue a good relationship. ...
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ofrezco intercambio de sellos de españa
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello! Laughing
My name is Rob and I live in Neath, South Wales, UK.
At the time of writing I am very close to my 37th birthday.
I have been collecting stamps for quite some years along with my mum (too many to list!), but in the last few years I started to move towards a love of Machin stamps.
Recently I decided to leave everything else to my mum and just look at the Machins.
I purchased the Deegam CD a few years ago which is what I will be mainly using. I will be mainly collecting/sorting used machins as I have accumulated many thousands.
I am a fair few stamps short of getting a level 1 mint Deegam collection to use as a reference, so as a first question I'd like to know the best (cheapest Confused ) place to get my missing.
Apart from that, I'm currently hitting the on-paper machins hard and getting them off-paper. I actually find the soaking task quite rewarding, but I have some way to go before I get them all off-paper for sorting.

Look forward to getting to know fellow Machin addicts Cool

Onward.........
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Rob ... glad you entered this - I have been checking the forum on and off all day in case the owner of this nickname (peepo) was a spammer about to load up a whole lot of nasty images..

Thankfully not.

You do not say if what you are looking for to complete your level 1 is used or mint - I am guessing the former from your comments about soaking though.

Just a quick note for you and other Deegam CD holders. If your copy is several years old you can obtain an up to date CD at a discount by returnng your old CD. The amount of discount depends on the age of your current holding.

I cannot find this specific information on the web-site though it may be there but in any case the actual amount of discount you can claim can be obtained by mailing the author at deegam@btopenworld.com.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gooner wrote:
You do not say if what you are looking for to complete your level 1 is used or mint - I am guessing the former from your comments about soaking though.


Ah yes, I should have specified. I'm actually aiming for a mint level 1 Deegam set. I was just going to get my missing from Rush Stamps, but any other reccomendations gladly received.

I'm sure that in time I'll probably "progress" to level 2/3 Deegam mint varieties, but sorting my used accumulation will keep me busy for quit some time (Besides, the gum stuff puts me off and is too deep for what I have time for at the moment).

"Simplifying the machins" at http://www.adminware.ca/machin/machins101.htm was a nice read and gave me the confidence to get back into sorting without getting completely bogged under with huge amounts of technicalities.

I'll see how things progress Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

G'day from downunder! Steve here checking in. I've been collecting for around 40yr and until recently machins have plain, common, boring stamps that went in my swaps boxes.

Not now though, I've caught the bug and am busy digging through decades of swaps boxes to fish them all back out again Smile My main immediate interest in signing up is to see how others are tackling the problems of soaking modern machins and labels.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Steve and welcome to the forum.

I think this subject has come up before and is mainly contained here:

http://stamp-collector.co.uk/MachinForum/viewtopic.php?t=700&highlight=soaking

However if you insert "soaking" into the search title at the top of the page you wiil get a list of topics that include that word.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Trev here just found this site but been collecting for well over 50 years, British all periods and Commonwealth KGVI.
Although a little despondent at the moment with the large number of issues that RM are bringing out each year and strongly thinking of calling it a day on commemoratives. The way things are going within the next ten years we will be having a new issue weekly!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, Trev.
Welcome.
As you will see in different threads many of us are disenchanted both at the quality and at times excessive quantity of issues of RM as well as other otherwise popular countries. The days when collectors speculated whether the "Festival of Britain" set might be a tad excessive have certainly changed.
If you glance at some of the threads you might get some ideas of how to cope with that problem.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good morning all,

Alyn here, I am general WW collector (well topical as well plus a few countries) and decided to start a Machin collection from my accumulation. Charlie sent me this way and I am excited to start learning more.

Cheers,

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Alyn (that name sounds Welsh to me). All new machin collectors welcome.

If you have any questions just give us a shout and I am sure we will try to accommodate you.


I see you have your own website/blog.

I would appreciate it if you could add a link to this forum within your "Clubs and Societies"

As a note to anyone else reading this that own or contribute to a web-site.
If you could add a link to the forum it may help in recruiting new and existing Machin collectors to the fold.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Gooner,

My dad was Welsh so I got an anglicized version of Alun. I have added a here on my blog but will also add one on my Site as well.

Cheers,
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Thank you Alyn
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:09 pm    Post subject: HI! Reply with quote

Hola, me llamo Isaac y soy de Gran Canaria (España), llevo coleccionando sellos hace casi 30 años y ahora estoy obsesionado con los "Machin", jajaja....
He tenido suerte de encontrar este foro porque me ha ayudado mucho a identificar muchos de mis "Machin" y darme cuenta de la gran cantidad de variedades que hay.
Gracias por acogerme.

Hello, my name is Isaac and I am from Gran Canaria (Spain), I've been collecting stamps for nearly 30 years and now I'm obsessed with the "Machin", jajaja....
I was lucky to find this forum because it helped me identify many of my "machin" and realize the great number of varieties out there.
Thanks for welcoming me.
Ah! excuse for my bad english.
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