For security and conservation reasons, the bust, measuring 18in by 16in, is normally kept in the vaults of the British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA) in London.

Machin, was paid a flat fee of £4,500 for his work., he surrendered all his rights to the design.

The pre decimal 8d Machin had its colour changed from ( vermilion) red, the same time as the 4d sepia was changed to vermilion. The change was needed as 4d sepia was to dark and did not show the postal cancellations. The head on the 8d vermilion stamp was that of head A ( A flat base) : The Eggshell blue stamp has a rounder base (Head B:)

The initial palette of 14 colours was chosen after extensive testing. While most were solid colours, the 1/6d and 1/9d used different colours for effigy and denomination, while the 10d and 1/- had backgrounds that varied from darker on the left side to lighter on the right.

Pre Printed Phosphor. PPP: This was a short lived experiment with a pre printed phosphor coating applied to the paper. The phosphor was printed directly, then the ink was additionally applied during the printing process. The stamps having a matt looking appearance. Only three values were issued, the 1p, 2p, and 10p

On certain cylinder blocks an Extra Extension Hole (EEH) can be found in the margins, these were introduced as a reference position by printers to locate broken or bent pins

In 1982 Christmas booklets were sold at a discount, these had a star overprinted on the gum. The values were 12½p and 15½p

Sorry if these questions confused you, they were not put very well, however, Enschede printed a 38p 2B (Roseine) Machin with C phosphor compound with an afterglow. The terminology was changed to that of (A2) phosphor at a later date, this after glow, was originally known as novaglow phosphor (date of issue 29/10/94)

Recess High values (pre decimal and decimal)

During November of 1990 a perforation error occurred on certain 1st class booklet Panes containing None Value Indicated stamps ( NVI ) printed by Walsall Security Printers the panes of 4 were ACP/ PVA gum. The perforation on these booklet panes was found to be 13 x 13 ( in error ) instead of 14 x 14 .

The design of the Millennium Machin was adapted by the Chase design Group, notably the designer was Richard Scholey. De La Rue, Walsall & Questa All Printed The Millennium Machin. These can be distinguished by minor differences in the design

Questa Printed the first Commemorative label in 1994 depicting The 300 Anniversary of the Bank of England. The label was on the left of the stamps.The format changed on subsequent commemorative booklets after this. The make up of the pane reversed as to print the label to right of the stamps.

With the issue of the £1 Ruby, according to the publication "A Time Line" there are now approx 401 basic Machins to collect

26/10/93 25p salmon pink , ex cylinder 5: 01/11/93 35p deep yellow ex vert coil: 01/11/93 41p stone ex vertical coil. The 25p was also issued in a vertical coil on the same dates. 1st class Orange red 6/04/93 (Harrison) will also be accepted for question 10. This fourth value was issued in booklets of 4 and 10, date 6/04/93.

The Millennium Machin 1st class was ALSO printed on this type of paper 23/5/2000. This can be found on HM stamps miniature sheet issued to mark the Stampshow 2000, it is said that this sheet miniature sheet (OFPP) is the residue left over from the printing of Matthew’s Miniature sheet

It was 6th Dec 1972, when the value was changed from a script fount to that of Eric Gills Perpetua typeface, this brought the fount into line with all other current Machins

Large Recess high value printings by Bradbury & Wilkinson were perforated 12 x 12. These were the first Machin high values in 1969, these were also the recess printed pre decimal Machin stamps. The set consisted of 4 values , 2/6d , 5/- , 10/- , and £1. None of the stamps had phosphor bands. The decimal series followed in 1970.

The two types of paper are known as Post Office Paper (POP ) and Contractors Paper. (CP) Contractor paper was bought in as a stop gap due to shortages of the the original.

The boxes: (2nd box) contained 200 individual stamps. The first dispenser 18/03/97 contained 100 self adhesives in horizontal format , this changed to that of second 200 stamps in vertical format on 06/04/98. Enschede Printed both formats , These were 1st class & second class NVI,s and were computer engraved

The full name is that of Douglas George Albert Myall, I will accept Douglas G A Myall as an answer. Well done to those who gave all Christian names award yourself one bonus point.

Pricing in Proportion

In the the mid-Eighties, the Queen came under pressure to replace the Machin head with a modern design. After seeing five new designs, she relayed the message to the Royal Mail that she did not favour change just for the sake of it. Indeed, the Queen let it be known through her private office that she was "very content with the Machin effigy". The real answer is "no one knows". It is understood that officially she has decided to keep the same Machin design on Royal Mail stamps for the rest of her reign.

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