By:- Dr. Ahmed W. Hassan
Today the comprehensive study of “Machine” head stamps is the most dedicated subject of the modern era. Sensible collector feels much farvour in collecting these stamps and gaining popularity day by day and now it has reached to a culmination among the specialize collectors and connoisseur alike.
In June 1965, the Postmaster General announced in British Parliament that he has invited the designs to replace the old definitive set of Gt.
Similar design was used for high values but in large format. This time the printing was done by M/S Bradbury Wilkinson Ltd, in single colour.
In 1971, Gt.
Few would argue against the assertion that the British Post Office’s stamps printers are among the most innovative in the World constantly endeavouring to improve their products. But in term of pure print quality and in those technological aspects in which the stamps themselves contribute to more efficient mail distributor. The result of over eighteen years of innovation and progress is that the decimal “Machin” series now represents one of the most complex and as a result, most interesting and widely collected stamps issues event. It is expected that “Machin” head stamps will supersede all the previous G.B. definitive in future.
A number of printing presses are involved in printing these stamps, in which M/S Harrison’s & Sons Ltd. Played a key role in printing “Machin”. House of Questa was also commissioned for the printing of these stamps and all the litho stamps is the work of House of Questa. Apart from these presses, “Jummelle” and “Halley Press” also shared and honor the machines. In 1979 “Enghede” of