As this year (June 2007) is the 40th Anniversary of the Machin stamp and the late Arnold, who was was the designer will no doubt be in the philatelic news quite a lot over the coming months. Not to mention his image, ( rather than that of his plaster cast) his photo will be introduced on millions of special first class stamps.
Will all these Royal Mail customers who stick Arnolds picture on a letter even know who he is I wander? Will they even see one of the special issue stamps? I doubt it as they are only on sale as generic sheets, miniature sheets or prestige booklets, which are as we all know are designed and produced for collectors only.
Although I have stated I would have preferred Machin definitive stamps myself on the generic sheets, it is a bit of a shame really, not much of a tribute to the man who’s work is pictured on 180 billion stamps designed and printed with his name. As my personal tribute to Arnold Machin O.B.E - R. A. - 1911 to 1999. I have resurrected Michael’s blog article to a degree, I know he will not mind. The pub owned by the J D Wetherspoons chain, near Stoke on Trent is a fitting tribute to Machin who was once based in the Potteries where the he worked for Wedgwood, which is as you know the famous china and pottery company.