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gurujazz
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2008 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello to all.
I am Nestor from La Coruña, Spain.
I collect GB Machin NH and used definitives from all world.
I am a Machin fan.

Greetings.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Nestor .... I hope you find the forum useful, please feel free to add from your knowledge base at any time, or indeed if you want to increase it - ask away ...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:46 pm    Post subject: Hello Reply with quote

I have been collecting GB off and on for many years. I am getting interested in the complexities of Machin collecting and thought that one way to explore was to hang out here.

I live in the Denver, Colorado area and am retired. My chief hobby is spending too much money on stamps. In addition to GB, I collect Ireland, Canada, and Egyptian Colonies (aka Faroe Islands).

I plan on asking lots of newbie-Machin questions.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Colin, I bet it is real cold way up there in Denver right now ... we complain if it gets to -3.

Anyway .. Welcome aboard - and ask away ....
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:39 am    Post subject: Hello Everybody Reply with quote

Hello everyone

I am new to this club as I joined only yesterday. I am interested in all aspects of Machins. I´m from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I'm interest in meet new Machins colectors and exchange Machins to improve my colletion.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Rodrigo - do you have access to any catalogues (or handbooks) to classify your Machin collection, for example Stanley Gibbons (Concise or Specialised), Deegam, Connoisseur, Scott or other.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:04 pm    Post subject: Hello Reply with quote

Hello, Rodrigo. I'm pretty new here too. Welcome to our corner of the hobby. I don't collect Brazil but hope you find a trading partner.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rodrigo, the problem you may find is that there are very few people on this board that collect stamps from Brazil (I hope I am wrong), but in any case we will certainly try to help you with your Machin collecting.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi grooner,

My main interest is the Machins, but I collect stamps from all the world. At now I have more then 250 types of Machins, and want to increase more, anda more. I love Machins. At now I'm trying to get the new universal stamps, light blue for the Europe stamp and red for the worldwide one — against the white background. Here in Brazil is very difficult because I knew few people, but I hope, here in this forum I will meet a lot of collectors.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:06 pm    Post subject: Machins galore Reply with quote

If you don't find them for trade you can always buy them from here:

http://www.machin-stamps.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/index1.html
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:33 am    Post subject: hello all Reply with quote

Hello from the icy tundra of minnesota (Ha Ha). My name is gerry and I have been collecting stamps for about 45 years, but only just started with Machins, they are more fun then Plate number coils (US). I do like the regular stamps of GB, Canada, Germany and other areas. I have many dups. for trading mostly used.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome from chilly Colorado. Machin collecting is unique. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you colin, I think that this will be very interesting. I have to find out how to get the Machin cd with out paypal? and what is the cost in $.
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Cbarnhorst
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bookmark Yahoo's currency converter, which is at:

http://finance.yahoo.com/currency-converter#from=USD;to=EUR;amt=1

The rate constantly changes so you have to check the day you plan a purchase.

I'm not sure what the problem would be using PayPal. If you have another form of payment then PayPal will work for that too. Unless, of course you plan to use an international money order. You would need to check with Douglas Myall at http://www.deegam.com/index.htm by clicking on stamp 5 on that page. So far as I know he only takes checks drawn on a UK bank or PayPal. But it never hurts to ask.
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cdj1122
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Checks drawn on US banks incur large and somewhat prohibitive fees when cashed in other countries.
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For many years US Dollars were accepted gladly by collectors in most countries at the going exchange rate, however during the last five years or so even greenbacks have become unwanted in other countries. I even had a fellow in canada who was unwilling to take a payment in USDs.
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Personally, for items under $30 I prefer to just send cash and avoid sellers who demand I use Paypal or any other agency. I have been buying and trading stamps for over 45 years using the mails and have very few problems. In fact, considering the number of snail mail transactions I have had in that time the one loss I incurred becomes statistically insignificant.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everyone!

I'm Roger B; I live in Northumberland, England - that's on the East hand side just before you go from England into Scotland. I've been collecting for a long time, and welcome everything that peope give me. All the foreign ones go to charity, and I collect all the British ones. I'm getting a bit fed up with Royal Mail now that they have jumped on the bandwagon and are churning out non stop new issues just so that suckers like me can part with their hard earned cash. The stamps are delightful, but most are obviously never intended for postage, and are rarely, if ever, seen coming through the post box franked on an envelope. Posting them to one's self is not really on, but it's getting increasingly difficult to collect used copies.
I specialise in Machins; I use the Deegam classification and have some 1300 varieties, although I draw the line at used copies! I'd be interested to know if anyone collects Singles from Stamp Books, as I have some wants and some half-used books from which I could supply Singles. If anyone goes into this detail, I can provide lists. In the meantime, I'll enjoy visiting the site from time to time.
Incidentally, have you ever wondered why the Royal Mail delivers the post, while the US Postal Service delivers the mail?
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Gooner
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome RogerB - yes I no longer collect commemoratives (or "special stamps" as RM has taken to calling them) for much the same reasons.

The only commemoratives I keep these days are those that are attached se-tenant in some sort of way with a Machin. The 2000 £1 reprint of the 1953 Coronation stamp being an example.

I am one of those sorry individuals that, like you, collect single stamps from booklets - as I like to be able to show actual source. I try to collect the one next to the cylinder if possible so I have all sorts of weird cut out shapes to preserve the number alongside the stamp.

Impressive 1300, maybe you should go to this topic and tell everyone how you display them.
http://stamp-collector.co.uk/MachinForum/viewtopic.php?t=186

I suggest you post both lists if you have them. I would certainly be interested. There is a special area of the forum for this :
http://stamp-collector.co.uk/MachinForum/viewforum.php?f=4.
Start a new thread on that page. Start two if you like - one for wants one for spares. If you really are technically challenged I can convert the lists for you into "forum-friendly" output.
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Wittybebop
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:03 am    Post subject: Hello Reply with quote

Hello all,

I'm Dave, living in my hometown of Southport, Merseyside.

I've joined this forum because I need some help with my ever growing Machin collection, it's at the point of overwhelming.
I've been collecting ever since messing about with my uncle's collection "God damn him" from about 10, though I decided to collect GB mint from about 15 upwards, 25 years later I'm still collecting, Machins, Commems, Prestige books, Errors, Smilers, Press sheets, Booklets you name it, all GB and all mint, except some 1800 stuff which is usually hinges "but not always" Razz
I have finally got round to doing something with my machins now, that should take some time Rolling Eyes, the early stuff is sorted, but the newer ones are not.
Though I collect on and off over the last few years every now and again something pops up and rekindles my interest in collecting.
Hope to get along with peeps on here, and hopefully get some answers to help my daunting task ahead.

Dave.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Dave from sunny Southport. Many, many years ago my father used to take us to Southport for our holidays. Best resort in the country for beach cricket!!!!

Your collecting habits seem to be as eclectic as mine once were, although I have to admit I have never collected Smilers (that doesn't mean I don't have any of course).

I have recently tried to obtain some of the Postal History behind Machins such as Post Office Posters and scanning tags and the like so there is always more avenues to research.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

my name is Michael Hosking and I'm from just outside Great Yarmouth, I'm 56 and I'm a returnee to stamp collecting after many years away. I was a keen sea fisherman but now I am disabled and housebound and needed a hobby to keep what's left of my mind occupied, so when I became disabled 6 years ago I returned to my youthful hobby of stamp collecting. I collect GB used commemoratives to present and mint to 1970, Australia 1913-present (both mint and used) and have now become interested in Machins. I am a novice but have started designing my own album pages based on the information from Stanley Gibbons concise. I am slowly feeling my way round this most interesting subject and trying to get together the necessary equipment for specialised study (thank God for eBay). I don't know yet how far into the specialisation I will get but the journey is the fun part, not the destination.
This has become a full time hobby for me, I have little else to do but it keeps me out of mischief and happily occupied. At present my collection has nearly taken over our dining room with 26 albums (4 ring loose-leaf folders), too many stock books to count, shoe boxes, envelopes and almost every other sort of container being crammed into my bookshelves. Kim, my wife, says that if I bring another stamp into the house she will not be responsible for her actions but I know she's pleased that I've found something to occupy my mind.
Sorry about the ramble but that's me I'm afraid.
I look forward to seeing what will transpire on here.
Happy Collecting everyone.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Mike - may you enjoy the hobby for many years to come. Ramble as much as you like - we like ramblers.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:43 pm    Post subject: Hello .. Reply with quote

Hi everyone.

I'm John and have returned to collecting last year after ... oh ... thirty-odd years. Decided to pick up where I left off but I am complete novice really.

I started collecting when my uncle, who was a postman in Herefordshire and didn't believe in strikes, posted me a set of new machins during a postal strike. He had them franked on the issue date. I found them again the other day. I seem to remember going on his rounds with him a few times - not sure whether I was a help or a hinderance. I remember the length of walk though - and the dogs...

Besides India up to 1947 I find nothing as relaxing as sorting through a pile of machins. Learning what I can from here, the excellent Machin Mania blog and sundry other "googled" places.

Best to all.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi John and welcome.

Most people on this forum collect Machins, I collect experts on them. Idea

We have quite a few now from all angles of the collecting sphere, including the author of Machin Mania (Roy) , and the owner of GBStamps, (Larry), not to mention Lilibet2 - and for used Machins you can do worse than take on board the advice of cdj1122 - who also seems to be able to recite all the information contained within our bible (Deegam) - probably backwards if you ask him. Twisted Evil

Then there are many "just collectors" who quite often chime in with help when least expected. So ask away - I am sure one of these will pop up and answer your query.

Heck - I may even know a few answers myself (but don't bank on it Wink ).

Our main credo is ENJOY!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

My name is Brian and I live in Leeds............no jokes i've heard them all:)

My wife died about a year ago and I needed a new way of passing the time. Some 56 years ago I gave up collecting stamps but an interest had always lurked, so.

I decided that I would collect mint GB from Victorian Jubilees up to Decimilisation. The collection has progressed very nicely and apart from the high value stamps of Victoria, Edward V11 and George V ( Don't you just love those Seahorses?) is just about complete. Really fell in love with Downey heads and Wildings Then I made a fateful mistake. I bought a collection which included some Machins., I was hooked. SG "Collect GB stamps" was swiftly replaced by the "Concise," recently followed by the "Specialised". ( Thanks Dave) the Stoneham squeezed in there somewhere- well the piccies are pretty. Now with Dave's aid I think a whole new reason for living has begun.............the dog has got the sulks, he reckons his walks might get somewhat curtailed.

So when the aforementioned produces the new pages my cup might well run over.

It's dangerous.........................I've just started looking at Regionals.

luv to all,

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi to all,

my name is Keijo and I'm 30+years old worldwide collector from Finland. I have collected stamps over two decades. I'd classify my self as a semi-pro stamp collector; I know a bit of this and that, but have never exhibited or done any serious philatelic research.

My relationship with Machins is kind of traditional love/hate dilemna. As a worldwide collector I very easily end up with huge piles of Machins (and Wildings) from various eras. I love to sort, study etc them, but every once and awhile I do also get severely frustrated with my poor knowledge with these stamps...So what I'm hoping from this forum is valuable tips/help for my stupid questions.

best,
-keijo-

PS. Feel free to check out my blog (see link on my signature).
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Keijo - a nice blog on Worldwide issues.

You have reminded me I need to update the links section of the forum with some new sites I have come across (mostly blogs - which seems to be the "in thing" these days).

I hope you find membership useful and enjoyable.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just want to add a small welcome to new members also and point out one simple thing.
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It has long been my motto that the only "stupid" question is the unasked question. The kind of thing that rattles around in someone's mind but for some reason they are fearful of asking.
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Ask away. In all my years of collecting I do not recall anyone ever being told that they had asked a stupid question. In most cases every knowledgeable collector realises that at one time they had puzzled over the same or very similar problem. And they are usually thankful for ther person or article that provided tha answere.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:30 pm    Post subject: New member Reply with quote

Hello,

I'm John and have been collecting Machins for 40 years; all aspects of the Machin head(s) including items of memorabilia. I am also obsessed with those definitives that have a uniform design e.g. the German Hindenburg heads, Spanish Juan Carlos design, the Indian Map series etc.. I guess I'm driven by uniformity, structure and predictability, which leeches into my collecting habits! On the other hand I'm not totally obsessed with every "fly speck" detail of Machins. Cylinder/plate blocks remain one of my main areas of collecting.

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I'm here too.


I´m from Ecuador, I collect stamp from some countries, Ecuador, Chile, Canada, Spain, Israel, India and USA.

I start to collect definitive stamps from USA, Canada and Great Britain, why? guess!!! Yes I bought some years ago 3 kilo-ware, so I have hundreds Flag over Porch from Usa, Flags and Maple Leafs from Canada and hundreds 22p-19p Machins!!! Then Ronbin Harris (Adminware) is my real hero, he give me a new scope to collect and handling all this definitive stamps, and now I really enjoy more than fill my countries commemorative stamp albums.

Well, back to the Machin´s World, only level 1 (maybe level ½ turquoise) for me, sorry no Deegam, no Stanley Gibbons and no UV-lamp, but I use Adminware, Scott, Connoisseur, and many forums (filaposta, stampboards), dealers sites, clubs available on the web to obtain information. Beware maybe i would post many beginners questions.

Thanks

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hola Fernando
Your English is better than my Spanish for sure - so I wouldn't worry about that.

Welcome to the forum - I hope you find it useful and ask any questions you want but most of all;

Enjoy.
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 10:32 pm    Post subject: New Member Reply with quote

Hi,

My name is Vinay Patel (also known as Vince Patel) from Leicester in UK. I am a general GB collector who has been collecting for over 30 years. My specialised interest is collecting anything and everything sent out by Readers Digest with stamps (postage or postage look a like) from any part of the world. My interest in this subject started in 1981 when a strip of Machin multi value stamps were sent out by Readers Digest mounted on a promotional card with their mailing for the recipients to use them to reply back . Over 160 different cards have been issued to date. Stamps have also been sent out in different formats. I have a comprehensive list for anybody who would like a copy which I would be happy to email.

If anybody has any Readers Digest material to sell/exchange/swap or discuss the subject, I would be happy to communicate.

My other specialised interest is collecting British Promotional Postal Orders (nothing to do with Machin). This can be viewed on http://postalorders.informe.com/forum/promotional-postal-orders-df41.html
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Vinay,
Welcome to the forum.

Wow - I did not realise there were that many different cards. I have seen them come up for sale at different times and some fetch a decent price considering their relatively young age and face value.

Does your list contain varieties of the Machin on these strips or what makes one different or more valuable than another.

On the postal order front - there is a connection - albeit a tenuous one. On the 40th Anniversary of the stamp in 2007 the PO also issued a £10 Postal order. Not sure what the reason behind it was but I did buy one and it remains the only Postal Order in my collection.
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 6:47 pm    Post subject: Readers Digest Reply with quote

Thank you Dave

The 160+ cards I refer to exits with seven different type of Machin multivalue coil strips used by Readers Digest (RD) between 1981 and 1996. The cards are in different sizes and have different captions promoting different products sold by RD. Every card has a reference and that’s what I have recorded in my list.

Regarding the value of theses cards it’s all about who wants to pay how much. There are some cards which are very common while others elusive ones. I suspect this is due to the size of mail shot sent out by RD and how may of those cards survived. The stamps were sent to be used by the recipients to reply back to RD, in which case the cards were destroyed. In recent years a number of cards have appeared on ebay.


Regarding the £10 Postal Order you mentioned, I cannot remember anything being issued on the 40th Anniversary of the stamp in 2007. May be you could email me a scanned image and I will be in a better position to comment on it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:09 pm    Post subject: Hello All from Newbie Reply with quote

Although I've collected virtually my entire life, I've only recently developed an interest in Machins. I became interested when I tried to make sense of the Scott listings. That effort led me to the excellent Adminware website and I recently purchased the current Deegam Handbook on CD. WOW!.

I find Machins interesting from a technical standpoint and I like the fact that they are generally affordable. Now that I'm retired (no job - no boss - no money) affordability is a definite plus. I just can't afford to expand my mint George V any more.

Since I'm a newbie, I would appreciate some advice. How do most Machin collectors organize their collection - by year? - by denomination?

Any input is appreciated.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Bob and welcome to the forum - we like new collectors as it gives us the chance to show off Laughing

Try this thread here - and you will find a number of methods described - if this isn't enough - ask us to clarify - we don't mind ...

http://stamp-collector.co.uk/MachinForum/viewtopic.php?t=186

PS - I do it by value.... (like the Handbook).
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,
I am Aidan Work from the Dominion of New Zealand.

Like Vince Patel,I am also a current member of the Postal Order Society.I was also the Dominion of New Zealand's Overseas Representative from 2005 until I announced that I won't be seeking renomination at this year's A.G.M.,due to ill-health.

My area of philatelic interest is the postal orders & postal notes of the British Commonwealth,including postal orders from the Republic of Ireland & Zimbabwe.My main hobby is collecting banknotes,coins,postal orders,& traders' currency tokens from across the British Commonwealth.

My aim is to get as many British Commonwealth countries represented with at least 1 postal order.

I do collect British Field Post Office-issued British Postal Orders,but they are extremely difficult to find,especially for the B.F.P.O.s in countries such as the Akrotiri Sovereign Base Area,Belize,Brunei,Canada,& the Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area.If you have a contact in the British Armed Forces who can get British Postal Orders datestamped & posted,please do let me know by email.

Here's a group that will be of interest to some of you; www.coinnetwork.com/group/postalordercollectorsgroup .

I hope that you will come & join up.

Aidan.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi my name is Gary and I am from Surrey, that's just south of London, England for international readers.

I have returned to collecting after a 25 year gap. Mainly as a hobby to do in the evenings especially the winter evenings, but also because my nearly 4 year old son is showing an interest. Not Machins but dinosaurs for him plus a real love of geography that I want to encourage.

For myself I dabbled with a collection based on my year of birth 1969, before reaching the conclusion that Machins were the way forward for me. So after some research, the library and google, I took action last night and bought a copy of Deegam and joined this forum. My collection of Machins is embryonic apart from the pre- decimals. I am looking forward to finding and seeking advice on how to maintain a collection of Machins.

In addition to the physical collection I have with my IT background created a virtual one. This allows me to display scanned images of my stamps in any way I care and with data of my choosing. Does anybody else use this approach, or is it viewed as 'base'.

Finally Dave when authorising my login commented on my website which is paired with my email address. This website has nothing to do with stamps and is related to my other hobby of geocaching - (my outdoor hobby). In particular the rather specific area of geocaches that are found after solving a puzzle. For those that are interested please see www.geocaching.com.

Right enough of my waffling I have some more reading to do on connoisseur.net
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Gary - I am sure you will receive help from the forum whenever you need it - please do not be concerned about asking questions that may seem naive - we all started at the same level and have probably all asked that "stupid" question- I still do it after 20+ years of collecting Machins.

One of our esteemed members has a saying that is particularly relevant to stamp collecting - excuse me if I have paraphrased.
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The ony stupid question is the one that is not asked.

I had never heard of Geocaching. In addition to Gary's site there is an "official" site which quotes the following:
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Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.

The site this quote is taken from is: http://www.geocaching.com/
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

Names Pete, not peter please.
First came interested in stamps in the 70s whilst serving in NI. at that time
collected anything and everything. After coming out the Army had to work
and travelled around so lost interest in fact gave my collection away(yes gave it away).The wife was pleased at least.
About 2 years ago I was browising the internet and looked up stamps for old times sake and the interest was rervived. I now collect GB used but my great love is MACHINS. I hadn't realised the possibilities, but do now.
I buy kiloware maliny on paper and spend many happy hour sorting.
I'm now 72 a little old maybe to come into an hobbyb but have a 16 year old grand son who is very interested.

Pete
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Pete,
Never too old for stamp-collecting - it is one of the few hobbies that is sedentary yet not bad for the health (except for financially of course).

Tis a strange hold this Queen's head has on us is it not?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My name is Ian and I'm 43 I started collecting in the early 70s . Everyone seemed to collect a few stamps then all my friends and both my parents had albums. Even a small town like Banbury had it's own stamp shop . My gran used to get me so many stamps she got everyone she knew to save for me including friends etc from many parts of the world I soon had a collection the envy of my friends and every couple of weeks I would get a large bag to sort n soak from my gran. I have always been a collect for a year or two then not for five or six type person. I can remember the first stamp I bought from the local stamp shop being a machin. To complete a very basic pre decimal set. In my mid teens I realised that my whole world collection was never going to be more than a jumble And that I really wanted to specialise as I loved Reading the articles in stamp magazines written by people who knew a area well. I could not n still can't afford line engraved so I went for the nearest thing I could the decimal machin. I'm returning after nine years away and looking round I think the byefleet printing could be a fun area for me
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Ian - you don't start easy do you ... I was collecting Machins when the "Byfleet" era started in 2003 and they still fox me - I think this is a great study area and I ask only one favour .... keep the forum up to date with your progress, and if you need help - just shout.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pete C wrote:
Hi

Names Pete, not Peter please.
First came interested in stamps in the 70s whilst serving in NI. at that time
collected anything and everything. After coming out the Army had to work
and travelled around so lost interest in fact gave my collection away(yes gave it away).The wife was pleased at least.
About 2 years ago I was browising the internet and looked up stamps for old times sake and the interest was rervived. I now collect GB used but my great love is MACHINS. I hadn't realised the possibilities, but do now.
I buy kiloware maliny on paper and spend many happy hour sorting.
I'm now 72 a little old maybe to come into an hobby but have a 16 year old grand son who is very interested.
Pete

Pete, I have been at collecting as an adult for almost fifty years and when I was stamping my wife always knew where I was and what I was doing. (Well pretty much.) Despite her monumental lack of interest she has even politely accompanied me to shows and sat talking with dealers wives while I spent the mortgage money on some pretty set of foreign stamps. Of course that nice, sometimes romantic, dinner we usually have afterward might be a lure as I always feel a little guilty after spending too much and there is nothing like a sumptuous meal to assuage brooding guilt..
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As for being too old, you are only as old as you feel and with today's medical marvels you should have many years to go. And truthfully I cannot think of anything better to make the next twenty years worthwhile than a hobby like stamping.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cdj1122 wrote:
....and when I was stamping my wife.......


Not sure this is a hobby that will take off in my household. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, so here goes (before Dave tells me off again Very Happy )

I started collecting at around 10 years old, but really got interested when my Godfather left me a substantial collection after he sadly passed away in 1979.

I started adding to that collection which was mainly GB MNH from EDVII but a burglary in 1990 took everything, and I lost interest for a while.

In 1998 I found EBay! And pretty much replaced my GB collection from 1952, but for an unknown reason I had a passion for German history, and so started a collection of Germany, pretty much from start to finish, with a great MNH and VFU collection.

To support my "habit" I now buy large collections and sell mainly GB machins and decimal MNH. Not at a massive profit, but I do take pride in my EBay seller rating and quality of material I sell. I have a vast Machin collection which I just don't have time to split up, catalogue and list, so probably miss errors and phosphor varieties everywhere! My loss - their gain.

Saying that I'm fascinated by the Machin community - my wfe says (as I type) "It's just a picture of the Queen's Head!"

Heathens everywhere Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello all,

I am 40-something male, living (hiding?) in Holland, from the UK originally.

I am kind of newly re-discovering the hobby having left it many years ago when I first discovered girls and motorcycles.
It all started in pre-decimal Britain, late 60's on an occasion when my mother was unable to pull me away from the shop window of a place in Birmingham (where I was raised) - I was just a fascinated 6 or 7 year old boy (with empty pockets).

A very kind elderly gentleman started chatting and after several shakes and nods of my head we parted ways. I guess he obtained my address from my mother as about a week later an enormous pile of UK/World used stamps arrived on my doorstep. Some real beauties.
To this day, I cannot remember what ever happened to them.

Yes, people like that fantastic old chap just don't exist any more.
I wonder what he would have made of ebay Smile

My likes are simply definitives in general (but I plan to thoroughly research Machins) and also some of the older (pre-60's) commems also appeal, but all this modern 'pretend' stuff with gaudy designs and colours does nothing for me. Sure you all know what I mean.

Lammetje = ' little lamb' in Dutch.

Best,

Lam
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome little lamb - amazing how many people return to the hobby after a few years break - my story is pretty much the same (except for the motor cycles bit).

Enjoy.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everybody.

My name is Mike and I'm a stampaholic.

I'm 55 and have collected for over 40 years, pretty much continuously although there were three or four years where the collection just ticked over.

I do the whole thing in GB except for commemoratives or special issues or whatever they're called these days. I bought my last one of those in 1969. Machins were just being introduced when I started, so my collection is up to 13 volumes now. I collect everything in the area - posters, embargo ("do not sell before") notices, box labels, anything to do with the provenance of the stamps except FDCs. I used to, but when the philatelic counter in Newcastle became a post shop the supply situation became too erratic to do my own FDCs. I'm currently slowly working through George V.

I also collect coil leaders, Readers Digest cards, postal stationery, test and dummy material and postage due on cover.

I'm also trying to collect Horizon labels. They prepay postage, have changed several times since they were issued, some are difficult to find and there are no dealers, so although they are almost universally derided amongst collectors they seem to satisfy most of the criteria for collecting, or am I missing something?


I have a sideline collection of France to 2000, but that has pretty much stopped as I'm now only short of the really expensive stuff. The French issue far too many stamps now in too many formats. A bit like our own PO really, but what they do issue is of a much higher quality and so much of it celebrates French heritage and culture. Look at the list for GB 2011 and see if you can work out why half of it is being issued!!!

I have other sidelines - French Zone of Germany immediately post WW2 and early Pakistan. Pakistan has a poor name amongst collectors and you get lots of funny looks at stamp fairs when you ask for it, but for about 15 years they did issue some really beautiful (and relevant) stamps.

One of the things that influenced me a lot in my early days was the quality of philatelic journalism. That seems to have disappeared a lot in recent times, but then we now have the advent of web sites such as this..... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Mike - I also do not collect the so-called special stamps (in any format!), but it took me a bit longer than you to turn off the tap - I guess I finished around 2003, I do collect Benham Definitive FDCs though as part of my definitive collecting.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TOTALLY OFF TOPIC - BUT I KNOW THIS THREAD GETS MANY VIEWS.

Could everyone make an effort to update their profile with a "LOCATION" please. I only want to see the Country - if you want to put more that's fine.

Reasoning:
I would like to see the geographic spread of membership.
It makes it easier to understand the sort of times a person may be on-line as most of us are clever enough to understand GMT + or -.
It sometimes helps to explain things differently knowing if someone is from a different nation or culture.

PS - it is not so much your nationality I am interested in it is your country of residence.

Thank you.
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