March 30, 2015

Better images for the 2015 definitive issues

Now I have the actual items I thought it wise to show them here as some of Royal Mail's illustrations suffered from more than a modest surfeit of green! First, the Regionals which I know are not Machins but I still collect them. It really is time the designs were refreshed, though. Why on Earth is there a different font used for each Nation? Weird.

Next the new values: £1.33, £1.52, £2.25, £2.45, £3.15 and £3.30 in colours that I am sure we have seen before. £1.33 amber yellow looks pretty much like the 35p yellow-olive or 88p orange-yellow. £1.52 orchid mauve could be 78p deep mauve or £1.90 bright mauve. £2.25 plum purple is 31p's deep mauve and £2.45's spruce green looks pretty much like a holly green to me. The £3.15 in aqua green is a bit different but the £3.30 reminds me of a 39p bright magenta or was it rhododendron?

The new 15 codes are here again too. 1p, 2nd and £1 M15L MAIL and a 2nd M15L MBIL

Next is something new. A 'Europe' value 4og issue from long ago with the high set value in a pale milky blue. This is a hard-to-find shade.

The Post And Go dual value single label is new because it has phosphor bands that actually synchronise with the label dimensions rather than starting or stopping short! So not exactly an awe-inspiring addition to the collection. And in a period when there are overprints of some Postal Offices' names (e.g. Crewe) emerging as well as yet more variations of fonts on Birds or umpteen permutations of whatever the latest pictorial is and probably more overprints too, it is a relief that the only additional two I shall need are these delightfully chopped off prints of the "nd Class issues.

Lastly for now, there are the 15 codes now for the 1st and 1st Large Signed For issues. I send mail every week that needs to be signed for but all my Post Office people ever use are the gold Horizon labels. These illustrations are not in proportion, by the way! Not sure what happened with those scans.

These items will shortly appear in my catalogues.

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