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Paul Light02/04/2018 19:01:09
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Is is not unusual for a phosphor centre band on a Machin not to be actually in the centre but offset?

Trevor Bishop 103/04/2018 11:13:53
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Hi , It depends how off centre it is - sometimes they can be be offset so that they appear at the side . They can also be shifted up/down so that they don't reach the edge of the stamp ( short bands) . In fact phosphor bands appear in many varieties for which you need the MACHIN bible .

It's a complex subject but interesting .

Trev

Carmen03/04/2018 12:27:32
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Huh... I'm not a devotee of Machins: what's the "Machin bible"? Just curious! smiley

Trevor Bishop 103/04/2018 20:26:04
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Hi Carmen ,

Adminware .ca is a good place to start which will give you as much as you'd want to know . If you're really keen you could try the Deegam ultimate catalogue I think now produced as a CD rom is VERY detailed including which direction the stamps were printed , printing types , phosphors , etc etc etc . The post office have now sneakily thought to put one unusual machin only available in expensive Prestige booklets knowing fans HAVE TO buy them . I sort of got interesting in them for a while & then got bored . I think there are a few imperf machins which are worth £100's . You need a UV light or two to really study them .

Each to their own , I'll stick to engravers ,Postmarks , & Postal Stationery of any type .

Trev

Carmen04/04/2018 12:21:36
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Well cool Trevor, thanks! I do have a lot of them but I must admit it's not a particular interest of mine, although I never cease to be impressed by all the colours they come up with!

Trevor Bishop 116/04/2018 05:09:44
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Hi Carmen ,

Yes I agree with you they often come in new "exciting tempting new colours" even metallic Gold colour . Interestingly I thought that the only value they never brought out ( under 50p) was the 21p tho they they did issue a 20.5p stamp!! I can't remember why?

I've moved on now to attractive stamps & engravers most recently Monaco , some very nice stamps .

Oh and postmarks & postal history covers .

Trev

Carmen16/04/2018 11:26:27
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Indeed Trevor, there are some magnificent engraved stamps out there. I used to especially enjoy the stuff issued by the Soviet Union (and all the other Communist countries). Some of it was magnificent, even if it proved my point about Communist Hypocrisy: "We refute capitalism by issuing stamps with the sole purpose of getting rich off stamp collectors."

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I remember showing some to a friend of ours who was born in Russia and came to Canada as a teen... she laughed and said "Nope! I don't think any of US ever saw or used those!"

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