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Gooner
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Isaac ..... "bad english" .. it is better than mine.

Glad we could be of help. Please feel free to ask questions or contribute from your learning.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:04 am    Post subject: Hello from Delcampe.net ! :-) Reply with quote

Hello all,

I just came here today by Googling Delcampe.net, your forum came up!

So, briefly, I am Sebastien Delcampe, stamps collector since I was 6 (and I am now 33 )

Maybe you know the website I created 11 years ago: Delcampe.net ?

I will come here sometimes, and will reply to messages whenever I can help

My apologies if I make language mistakes, I am a native French speaker

Kind regards, Seb Delcampe
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, Manik from Bangladesh. I'm new in here and want to know about stamp related news and share others......
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello manik and welcome to this site.
I hope you will join in the different discussions that are posted.
Feel free to ask any questions about the Machins that you want. Someone will always try to answer them, although sometimes that might take a day or two as not everyone checks in each day.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:39 pm    Post subject: Hello Reply with quote

Hi All my name is (my username gives it away a little) John, I am nearly 63 years of age (I am sure you won't hold that against me) & I have been collecting stamps since I was 5. I collect GB & Germany (all periods). I do NOT consider myself an expert, but am always willing to learn & experiment with techniques (ie. removing self adhesives from piece). I found this most interesting & excellent site when looking for info on Machins & more specifically the latest security issues. My question is:- Has any other member found that the 2011 second class booklets of 12 have 2 different security slit types? I seem to have mostly the normal M11L MTIL type 2 by Walsall but I have also found a half dozen with type 2a slits & would these be De La Rue? Please excuse my ignorence if both types are common Embarassed but I have been unable to find any reference on the net to that particular question. Thanx in advance for any replies & best regards to all.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard, John.

I hope you do find lots of interesting and accurate information on this site. We have quite a few members who do try to answer any question that comes up.
I am not home right now where I can comfortably write an answer to the question about the differet security slits. I find that my daughter's super new laptop is very hard for me to use as my fingers tend to tap the wrong keys or some random key as I struggle to not touch the sliding screen thing that she uses instad of a mouse. I recall that there were three distinct types of slits with a subtype or two but then Doug decided to modify the listing somewhat. I'll get that together over the weekend for you unless someone else can do it sooner. But we need to put the question in the Definitely Machin / The GB Machin section that is just a bit lower down so that others are more likely to see it.

You will probably find several others interested in Germany's complex and absolutely absorbing issues aong with their United Kingdom Collections.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi John, welcome to the forum, I have in the past myself tried to accumulate a German collection, in fact I belong to another forum that specialises in the Third Reich period, however whilst it provides interesting reading I just haven't had the time to concentrate on it so have now abandoned Germany (along with many others started in my collecting career), although I do still have a few albums sitting around.

A couple of things;

As Charlie says - you will get more responses if you copy your question into the GB Machin forum rather than here on the Roll Call thread.

The other is a small point - can you turn off your "bold" font. This is known on the Internet as the equivalent of shouting (I realise you have done this inadvertently) and while it is quite relevant and acceptable to bold small pieces of text to make them stand out from the rest, it is not meant to be used on a whole message.

Cheers and we hope to see many more contributions from you in the future as you are obviously knowledgeable in the Machin area.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Charlie & Dave thank you for your respective welcomes & Dave I have just copied & pasted as suggested by both of you, into the correct section, however, I am sorry that I didn't get yours until after posting it so I am still shouting there, my apologies, I knew that wring all in capitals was shouting but not the bit about bold, goes to show we can still learn every day of our lives!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem John - I will go in and edit it ... and yes you are correct about the capitals as well.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 2:15 pm    Post subject: Roll call - greetings from Cambridge Reply with quote

Hi Dave

Now I have found the forum (and the link), I am happy to join.

I have been collecting GB stamps for getting on for 50 years since early childhood. In recent years I have become increasingly interested in Machins, and have put together a reasonable collection of every example I could find of single stamps and the combinations they were issued in. The lack of detailed information in SG's catalogue was frustrating, however, and then I discovered Deegam. Suddenly there was light in place of darkness, and I have had to rework a lot of my efforts. I now find myself dabbling in Deegam's Level 3.

Areas I struggle with are the usual ones of differentiating types of paper and types of gum.

I lived in Hong Kong for a good many years mid-career and built up a pretty complete set from the 1920s to the handover in 1997. Early HK commemoratives contained plenty of errors, which are always good to find.

Looking forward to learning more

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Knicknocks, and to reward you for your determination to succeed and your stay in Hong Kong I have awarded you an appropriate avatar ... feel free to change it if you prefer another.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:09 am    Post subject: Hello! Reply with quote

After lurking here for sometime, and prompted by a recent post about Lighthouse Specialised Definitive Pages, I thought it was time to sign up and say hello.

I have also been collecting (in the loosest meaning of the word) for almost 50 years. The "collecting" part has been helped by a lot of overseas travel but the "sorting" part has suffered - and I have numerous boxes of stamps still on paper to prove it! I have no idea if they will ever be sorted ...

Some years ago I took the "easy" path with my mint GB collection and chose to base it on the Lighthouse hingeless albums. This was fine for commemoratives but the definitive side has been far more difficult as I struggle with identifying eg Wilding watermarks and phosphors which don't seem to play ball with my Inst-a-Tector and Importa lamps! And that's before I get to paper types and gums with Machins, the latter being a subject I am finally trying to get to grips with!

I shall be posting shortly regarding Lighthouse Specialised Definitive Pages as I have questions eg regarding content on the regular definitive pages vs the specialised pages which appear to have some duplication.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Steve and welcome.
I suspect that one day you will tackle that box of world wide on paper. I travelled a lot in my youth as well but was able to drag my album along for those long nights at sea when I needed a pastime besides looking for mermaids.

As you move along, please feel free to ask any question that doesn't involve me sending bail money and someone here will more than likely provide an answer. Also note than besides the segments devoted to our mutual passion, the Machin stamp series, we have other sections for other discussions, including just comments about Life in General.

Charlie Jensen
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:17 pm    Post subject: Hello Reply with quote

Hello, I am from bavaria and I collect machin-stamps since 2 years entusiastic. It is fascinating to collect the divererences from this stamps.

My other collection is bavarian-stamps. Them was issued 1849 - 1920.

I would like write any posts in this machin forum.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Martin, welcome aboard.
Both Dave and I have been busy with cardiac procedures this last week or so and have been remiss in keeping up on new memberships. One of us usually welcomes each new member right away.
I hope you find the forum has articles of interest and if there are any questions one of our diverse members will provide an answer.
Keep in mind that besides the sections that are directly concerned with the Machin Series we have several forum sections for non-Machin stamps and one for "Life in General".
I am glad you mentioned Bavarian stamps as it reminds me that I have a stock book full of issues from that era being saved for the day when I will have the time to concentrate on properly mounting them.
But, I guess that will still have to be a back burner project for a while longer.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,
Just joined the forum. I have been collecting "Birds of the World" on stamps for some time now. I retired about 18 months ago and recently I was looking for something different to collect rather than just birds stamps. A few weeks ago I started to do some research into Machin stamps and was amazed at the number of variations there are to a definitive stamps that 'looks the same' (Queens Head + Value). So, I have now taken the plunge and started collecting Machins and I find it very interesting.

Having joined the forum I hope to gain more knowledge from all you collectors out there.

Very Happy Rockabilly
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome.
The shear number of obvious color/value varieties is now around 450, but even without getting technical you will see that there are multiple variations within just about every color/value.
And once you start seeing them and learning the other differences visible to the eye with little more than a 10x glass to enhance vision and you will be a dedicated Machin Maniac.
When you have the time explore some of the older posts where you will find a lot of Machin lore just there just for the reading.
Good luck.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I'm Peter ( despite my username ) , UK based and collect most GB.

I started collecting whilst at school, a long time ago.

In the mid to late eighties I had a reasonable Machin collection, but by the nineties money was tight so they went.

I started again about ten years ago and now I'm about ready to start specialising again.

Glad I found this site. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are glad to have you join us, Peter, aka Billy.
I hope you enjoy the site and if you have any questions or insights please feel free to post in one of the sub-forums.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A quick note to any member with a web site.


Can you please link to the forum from somewhere within your web-site to allow for wider distribution - and more Google search "points".

This may also in the long run help you as the question you want an answer to may just be seen by someone who knows the answer after entering the forum via your link.

(If that makes sense!!!!) Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:49 pm    Post subject: Hi Reply with quote

Hi
My names Jim & Im from Essex, England.
I only became interested in stamps at the beginning of the year, I was amazed like Rockabilly posted by the vast range of Machins, I never realised there where so many.

You may think its sacrilege but I am looking for Machin stamps for art purposes. Discovering kiloware I bought a box and everyone in the family spent days sorting through & now were hooked! Im trying along with my nephew to cover a massive UK map with Machins based on the postal stamp which is proving harder than thought, along with other projects.

Just to outline my intent is to discover how to source cheap Machins, as we are using them for the range of colours primarily & the enjoyment of sorting through for different areas. Also learning more, reading through peoples posts.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Machin Forum, Jim. I trust you will find a good source of used Machins for your projects.
I will scream "Heresy, hresy" when I see the product.
Check this link:
http://stamp-collector.co.uk/MachinForum/viewtopic.php?t=884

Charlie
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:22 pm    Post subject: thanks Reply with quote

cheers Charlie.
Well our projects look pitiful based on that link. Great to see.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the work of others may well trigger your own creative ideas.
Good Luck
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evening all,

Very much on the same mission as my local stevevp, I'm a definitive collector using the Lighthouse albums to vaguely guide my collection.

I'll be asking album questions and helping out where I can, probably a few more variation related questions too!

Hope to chat to some of you soon!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello

Welcome to Machin forum!

I hope you are another used Machin stamp collector Cool

Thank you
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

novato wrote:

I hope you are another used Machin stamp collector Cool


afraid not =(

I like them Mint and Unused, but i'm sure I have some kiloware for someone somewhere!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mr_biz wrote:
novato wrote:

I hope you are another used Machin stamp collector Cool


afraid not =(

I like them Mint and Unused, but i'm sure I have some kiloware for someone somewhere!


Hi .. welcome to the site - you are possibly in the majority on the site in collecting MNH, however we cater for all. (Note to self - must try a new poll to see if this is still a true statement!) Embarassed

You will find Charlie heavily popularising the Used side of the equation, whereas most (but not all) posts from me will be about Mint issues.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all, I inherited a biscuit tin full of stamps and some albums from my father when he passed away June last year but its only in the last 24 hours, since I took a serious look in the tin that I consider myself to be a collector.

The tin is full of all sorts of stamps from all over the world but, as I set about trying to organise them, it was the ones with the Queen on was drawn too. So onto Google to get some info, I quickly learn they are referred to as Machins and that there are a lot of them!

So I'm off and running, finding more questions than answers, looking for some sort of 'band', trying to check perforations and tell the difference between Head A & B!!! All Greek at the moment, but will become clear, one day!

Any advice greatly received
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bands are usually fairly easy to see with the naked eye. Just hold the stamp at an angle to the light and tilt it back and forth till you find them. Once you get the idea with a few it becomes easy for most issues.
There are a few that require a UV light to see the bands or bars.
If you take the time to glance through some of our previous threads you will find a lot of seemingly complicated facets of the Machin World explained.
And of course any questions you have are welcome.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

Applied at 6 am this morning, and your administration could't sleep either, as I was enrolled before 7 am !

I am 78, and have "accumulated" British stamps since I was seven years old.

On retirement in 1999 I started to address philately and postal history seriously, and working forwards from my QV line engraved,(my main interest, loose and on cover) through the four kings and the Wilding issues have now reached the Machins.

So although a reasonably experienced collector in general, I am a relative newcomer to Machins.

My main aim is to have a good representative collection of "VFU" British stamps, preferably with light but clear cds or equivalent cancellation. One of my beliefs is that a neatly cancelled and correctly identified stamp that can be assigned to a time and place of use is a (postal) historical document. So I look for neatly cancelled stamps on piece or on cover.

Looking through the forums (fora?) I have picked up some useful information already and hope in time to make a useful contribution.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Machin Forum.
I hope you enjoy membership and find answers to any queries you may have.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HI my name is chris i am a new collector and have started to enjoy collecting stamps for the last few months, i have a large collection i am going through and am still learning so please be kind lol.... i also like finding error's in all different varieties and any help and knowledge is greatly appreciated , so hello to everyone and thanks for accpeting my registration.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:42 pm    Post subject: Lighthouse Albums: GB Reply with quote

Hi guys,

I joined a while ago, but this is my first post, I think.

I'd just like to say that I've started collecting again after more than 40 years absence! Before, when I started aged about 13, I collected used, mostly: countries I can no longer recall, but I clearly remember India, Switzerland, France, Spain, USA, Italy, Netherlands among others and, in my late teens, some GB mint. But now, with a few bob in my pocket, it's GB mint only for me, the logic being you can't improve on MNH.

I decided to use Lighthouse SF turn-bar Albums. I've bought Volumes 3 and 4 so far! At present, Volume 3 (1990~2004) is completely empty!

Here are my questions:

Q1. Will 2012 fit into Volume 4, or will it be overloaded?
Q2. Where would you recommend sourcing the least expensive material for Volume 3.

I await your comments, help and thank you in anticipation. Chris
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Chris and Chris.

Both new collectors even if one of you is resurrecting a past hobby.


To Chris 2 (Yousurname).
I cannot answer question 1 but my site may help to satisfy Question 2. At worst you can use it as a guide to what is a value price you see elsewhere.

One last point - to be honest - from a Commemorative point of view the dates you are looking to fulfill, {certainly 1994-2000} most items are very inexpensive so I don't list every item in this era - so if you are searching for something in particular and don't see it on the site - just ask for a price.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Gooner for your kind reply. I'll ponder some more ...

It's nice to know that accumulating stamps for Lighthouse GB Volume 3 won't break the bank!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
My name is Gary Burgess & I have been collecting stamps for a few years. I have exhausted buying for my collection of Victorian issues & have been also collecting machins. I seem to have gravitated towards the ones with security overprint & have a vast collection of both on & off paper.
I also sell these on ebay buying my stock in kiloware & sifting through 100,000's coming across all sorts of anomalies in the process.

I have bored my girlfriend rigid with this stamp lark, she tries to look interested but it's not convincing. I'll leave her to her nails while I sit at the table pouring over a pile of NVI machins Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vikingman wrote:
I have bored my girlfriend rigid with this stamp lark, she tries to look interested but it's not convincing. I'll leave her to her nails while I sit at the table pouring over a pile of NVI machins Very Happy

It doesn't change if and when they become your wife ... believe me!!! Except they stop pretending after a while.

By the way Gary - There are no objections if you want to advertise your eBay name and your specialization in the appropriate section.
http://stamp-collector.co.uk/MachinForum/viewforum.php?f=6
We have quite a few users here who look for good Machin kiloware and used stamps.

You may even get a few direct customers if your email address is included in your profile (IM messages on the forum are prohibited).
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cdj1122
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was considering marrying my wife I was careful to see if she had a hobby and discovered she had boxes full of post cards. Files sorted and labeled by state or country, by printer for the classic hand painted cards and so on. So there were evenings when we sat and both enjoyed each others company while at the same time enjoying our own hobby.
Over the years (Forty five and counting.) I became more involved in stamps while she became interested in collecting children and grand children. But it seems to have worked out well.
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w3982
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, I have just joined and thank you for allowing me to do so.

I have collected Machins for about 30 years on and off and have just had a relapse back into the hobby.

My last serious foray was before SA's so I have a lot of catching up to do!
I've been buying a few mixed lots of ellipse singles and SA's which has led me to realise just how much water has flowed under the bridge since the Harrison, Walsall and Questa days.

I look forward to posting more questions than answers!

Regards to all,

Alan
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Alan,
Welcome to the Machin site. Feel free to ask any question about either the newer SA issues or the older pre-SAs.
Both in their way appear daunting when first approached but once a collector gets involved most of the mysteries will be easily unraveled.
Charlie
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 11:29 am    Post subject: Hello Reply with quote

Hi

I used to collect machins 25-30 years ago and have not done much with them since, I think it's time to sort them out and properly catalogue them.
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cdj1122
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard, Dave.
That s quite a project to tackle these days. Start with simple color/values, and then dig into one color/value at a time.
There should be about 450 color/value stamps and then about 800 easily discernible variations visible with the naked eye. Use a magnifying glass and electronic light and you ought to have over 1,000 varieties to assemble and mount.
Good luck.
And as you have questions feel free to ask and someone here will do their best to help.
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MachinMage
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all,
I've been wanting to start a Machin collection for quite some time now, but I've never seemed to have the time. Recently I found a great site that offered album pages to download. So I did. Now I'm ready to immerse myself into this wonderful area of collecting. I also collect QEII definitives up to 1980 from all over the commonwealth. I have a few thematic collections, namely dragons and ships.

I run a facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stamp-Crazy/450982461631466?ref=hl

And I have a blog: http://crazyphilatelist.blogspot.com.au/

Stop by and say hi.

I really look forward to being a part of this forum.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My name is Bill Peter. I am retired and I live between homes in Scotland, where I was born and Malaysia, where my wife and our two sons were born. I have been collecting stamps since the late 50s when my father used to bring stamps home from the office. Being a baby-boomer my collecting can be quite obsessive. I have been accumulating Machins since they came out and one of these days I am going to get them sorted out. Honest!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To w3982; I am the same situation. After a lot of living abroad, I've got a lot of gaps, I check with Warwick and Warwick plus eBay for mixed lots. Where to you get your mixed lots from?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the site, both of you and good luck with filling in those spaces. If we can help in any way feel free to ask a question.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:35 pm    Post subject: Hello Reply with quote

As a new member to this forum I'll introduce myself. My username is "blackfive" (as you'll see from the post) but my real name is Stephen and in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

My interest began, as many of us do, with a childhood stamp collection and hours soaking stamps off envelopes to put into an album. At decimalisation in 1971 (that's give away my age!) a set of the new decimal Machin definitive was purchased for me and these were the first I didn't mount with hinges (thank goodness!). From that small beginning I started to collect both the Machin definitives and commemoratives. During the intervening years I've also started to collect books FDC's, presentation packs, and smiler sheets but these, with the exception of the books, were eventually dropped to enable the original Machin and commemorative collections to be continued.

My Machin definitive collection is decimal mint stamps only and consists of single stamps of the main issues and regionals, plus stamp books. I consider my collecting of these to be a little specialised, having expanded to this gradually over the years from the initial basic collecting, as I do go for main differences such as perforations, phosphor, printing method and printer but don't collect any variations in the colour shades keeping to the official colours. The collection is constantly having wants filled.

I'm by no means an expert but like to think I do have a basic knowledge for my collecting needs. My main reference tools are the Stanley Gibbons Specialised catalogues and the British Stamp Organiser computer database which I have found is ideal for my needs.

So that describes me and from what I've seen of this forum it looks to be highly informative. So I'm here!!

Stephen
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome as member number 333 Stephen.

Unlike some forums we could all name, we consider the amount of people "registered" as irrelevant. I doubt for instance we have 333 active members. It would be nice if we did but it's not real world.

What we do have though is a core of registered members who aim to help others wherever possible so if you have any questions I am sure someone will attempt to answer them.

Good luck in your collecting aims.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello All,
My real name is Paul, used Hugh and extensions of Hugh as user-names for years, my Father's name.
I have collected only unmounted mint Great British stamps for a number of years now, started with the Wilding series, of which I have close on all of the basic issues and a good amount of varieties etc.
I have also a good collection of GVIR, same as above....
In-between these collecting themes, I was also amassing Machins, of which I now have literally hundreds, and painstakingly sorting and cataloguing them.
I started referencing via Stoneham and Gibbons but I am now an avid fan of the Deegam system.
I use Deegam on an iPad, and am proud to say I participated in the beta testing of iDeegam, used through "Goodreader"

Thanks and best regards.
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