Great Britain Machins, by Adminware

Machin Pages:
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Intro to this site
Why this site?

Machins 101 PDF
Album pages

Main Lists:
Pre-decimal values
Decimal values

Northern Ireland
Isle of Man

Other lists:
Perf changes
Elliptical perf
High value
Non-value indicators
Service Inscribed

Technical stuff
Postal rates

Head/Symbol types
Bklt Phosphor types
Imperf sides
Back prints


Album pages (for single stamps)
Hi-res printable PDF files

One of the reasons for creating this website was to force myself to organize our Machins. The end result is a series of album pages catered to different levels of collecting. A checklist of features found in the four sets of album pages appears below.

This is just one way to organize your Machin collection. I am not saying that is the best way for you; it is just one method and it works for me. Many collectors will develop their own pages. Many may use stock books, which allows for the easy movement of stamps as new varieties are issued.

Every effort is made to have these album pages as complete and accurate as possible. Corrections and additions are made as necessary. I apologize for any errors that may still be lurking within the pages.

Basic album - Free

The 'Basic' album features one example of every major value and colour Machin stamp. This includes some 495 different stamps. A collection of this type requires absolutely no tool of any kind (such as a perforation gauge, magnifying glass, or ultraviolet lamp). Each stamp can be easily identified at a quick glance.

For the more advanced collector or the collector of bulk used material, you could use these pages as a guide in the initial sorting of your accumulation. These pages are free for the downloading.

Novice album - C$30

The 'Novice' album includes all of the major varieties that a collector of used stamps can identify with some basic stamp collecting tools (perforation gauge, magnifying glass, and ultraviolet lamp).

Varieties separated at this 'level' include self-adhesives, the EME-image, perforation differences, printing methods, and tagging (2-band, 1-band, colour of tagging).

There are about 1,050 different single stamps included in the 'Novice' album pages.

Two sets of of album pages are available: organized by 'type' (that is, within each country, all '2-band' phosphors are grouped together, all 'center band' phosphors are grouped together, etc.) and by 'denomination'.


view 4-page PDF sample by 'type'


view 4-page PDF sample by 'denomination'

Intermediate album - C$45 (price includes the Novice albums above)

The 'Intermediate' album adds a few more varieties that can generally be easy to 'see': source of the stamp (i.e. coil, booklet pane, or sheet), Head and country symbol types, screened values, back prints.

This set gives nearly 1,350 different single stamps, sorted by denomination.

In addition, you can download a "no picture" set of these pages, at no extra charge (i.e. included). That is, a set of pages without the stamp images, in case you are concerned about hinging your used stamps to an image that may transfer from a printed page to the back of your stamp.

view 5-page PDF sample of Intermediate album

Specialized album - C$60 (price includes the Novice and Intermediate albums above)

The 'Specialized' album is for the collector who enjoys a challenge. It features one example of nearly every regularly issued variety (errors, complete booklets and booklet panes excluded).

Included here are the different gum types, each booklet position (for straight and cut sides), perforation style, etc. Small images of all booklet panes are illustrated on the respective pages (see PDF sample).

This set of album pages are organized by denomination. All of the various varieties for a single denomination/colour are found on the same page (or, in some cases, several pages!).

Actually, there are 3 types of pages (you can download all for the one price of $60, if you wish):

  • for mint collectors, includes gum types, 150/250 phosphor screens, and APS/Kampf perforation styles. Nearly 2,300 different single stamps are included in this set.
view 4-page PDF sample
  • for mint collectors, with gum types but ignoring the 150/250 phosphor screens, and APS/Kampf perforation styles
  • for used collectors (without pictures), excluding gum types and 150/250 phosphor screens and APS/Kampf perforation styles

Five separate PDF files for each type will be provided: Pre-decimal, Decimal, Anniversary, NVI, and Regionals.

Faststamps / Horizon labels - free

The pages for the Horizon labels are very generic due to the number of different varieties that exist (but not yet fully known). You decide which page(s) to print. Click to download.

NOT included in any of these sets:

Direction of print, errors and varieties, perfins, non-Great Britain Machins, booklet panes.

Album Feature Comparison

  Free! $30 $45 $60
Feature Basic Novice Intermediate Specialized
Value size
(narrow vs wide)
Value font
Elliptical perforations
Service inscribed
Security features
Revised portrait
(EME image)
Printing method  
Phosphor bands
(and ACP, PCP, PPP)
Symbol type    
Head type    
(coil, booklet, sheet)
Value type    
Value setting    
Screened values    
Back prints    
(OCP, FCP, PCP1 vs 2)
JET phosphor      
Phosphor width (8mm vs 9.5mm, etc.)      
Booklet position      
Perforation style (APS, Kampf)      
Phosphor screen (150, 250)      
Total pages 27 Type: 77
Denomination: 224
318 473
Cost for colour PDF file Free both for
anadian $30
Canadian $45  Canadian $60
   Click for PDF file


Apr 17/16

Faststamp / Horizon labels


Sep 2/16

View 4-page samples:
* by 'type'
* by 'denomination'

Sep 2/16

View 4-page sample

Sep 2/16

View 4-page sample

Upgrade to next level by paying just the difference ... click for upgrade options and PayPal buttons.
After payment on PayPal site you will be sent to a new page here to download a PDF file that you can print at your leisure. Check back regularly for free updates.

Upon PayPal payment I will send a personalized thank you e-mail.
If you have a problem downloading, please e-mail.

All additions and updates are free.
(A 'blank' page, with header, is included)

Questions? e-mail

Album files are in PDF format - Free Adobe Acrobat Reader required.


* pages are designed for 8 1/2 x 11 inches.

* pages are 'secured' Adobe PDF which allows you to print, but not copy/alter. I wish I could provide them as non-secured, but am cognizant of the high risk of theft. Wouldn't you want to protect your work?

* an unlocked (PDF), 'blank' page with a header is available. A Word document is also available.

* after payment, PayPal should re-direct you to the appropriate set of pages (I will also confirm receipt of payment and the link with an e-mail, usually within 24 hours).

* all future updates are free.

* no catalogue numbers are presented as there are several to choose from and they are subject to change.

* all issue dates are shown as "Mar 13/11" (month day/year).

* see the "Album Feature Comparison" below for the amount of specialization found on each set of pages.

* each set is 'unique' and quite different from the others. That is, the Intermediate set does not 'add on' or 'fit into' the Novice due to the number of different varieties.

* the pages are not presented in date (i.e. year) order.

* actual stamps are not included (yes, I was asked this!).

* sorry, the pages are only available in English.

* you print the pages; not myself. Actual stamps and/or mounts are not included.

Fonts used:

Header: Aurea Inline 18pt

Titles: Univers 12pt bold

Printing/perf: Adobe Garamond Pro 9pt

Colour, captions (dates, etc.): Arial Narrow

Disclaimer: We apologize for any errors of information that might be present. Your feedback is appreciated.

For even more varieties on Machin stamps, check out The Complete Deegam Machin Handbook (simply the best Machin
 handbook available anywhere) by Douglas Myall - click for details.

Booklet pane numbers used courtesy the Modern British Philatelic Circle
who publish 'The Bookmark' Catalogue

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