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01 Jul 2014
07:03:06pm
I've always wondered how people could be so fascinated by Machins, until this afternoon when I decided to pull out my modest Belgian Railway stamps to sort and realised there must be a lot of people in the stamp world who think the same about those of us who have a strange fascination with these stamps Happy

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01 Jul 2014
07:36:47pm
re: Belgian Railway Stamps

Hi Kelly;

I just happen to have the Scott's Belgium & Colonies Specialized. I always kinda liked those colorful issues too, especially the engraved ones. And now that I have the specialized, instead of the Blue International, I can house them all!!

I think machins are okay and look really nice in my album, but I don't go crazy over them like some do. I think that people go bonkers over the machins for a couple good reasons. For one, I think that the portrait of Elizabeth II is the most beautiful Queen's portrait of all time, including Victoria's pony tail. Second of all there are gazillions of varieties to be found, and this means you will never be bored, because you will always be trying to hit that elusive high note.

I recently found myself sorting a huge pile of them 8 months ago. Then I found an MH16a, color missing error. A used one sold on FeeBay 6 months ago for $260+. More recently I was sorting some machins to add to approvals. I had half a dozen or so MH22s lined up to pick the nicest cancels. One of them stood out as way too big. It was ½mm too all, or 22mm instead of 21½!! This may not sound like a lot, but it is.

After measuring several dozen of them I realized that they are held to very close tolerances, of .002"-.004". I know how to measure with extreme precision from my engineering background. This oversize example was ½mm or .020" or five to ten times the normal variation.

I started a thread on here to ask for advice from advanced machin collectors, and they too are aware of some over-sized examples. And the mystery goes on.

Happy Stamping
Ken Tall Pines

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01 Jul 2014
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I'd love to one day be able to create a "railway" line using some of my Belgian rail stamps. Kind of a fun way to create an album Happy

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01 Jul 2014
07:03:06pm

I've always wondered how people could be so fascinated by Machins, until this afternoon when I decided to pull out my modest Belgian Railway stamps to sort and realised there must be a lot of people in the stamp world who think the same about those of us who have a strange fascination with these stamps Happy

Kelly

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01 Jul 2014
07:36:47pm

re: Belgian Railway Stamps

Hi Kelly;

I just happen to have the Scott's Belgium & Colonies Specialized. I always kinda liked those colorful issues too, especially the engraved ones. And now that I have the specialized, instead of the Blue International, I can house them all!!

I think machins are okay and look really nice in my album, but I don't go crazy over them like some do. I think that people go bonkers over the machins for a couple good reasons. For one, I think that the portrait of Elizabeth II is the most beautiful Queen's portrait of all time, including Victoria's pony tail. Second of all there are gazillions of varieties to be found, and this means you will never be bored, because you will always be trying to hit that elusive high note.

I recently found myself sorting a huge pile of them 8 months ago. Then I found an MH16a, color missing error. A used one sold on FeeBay 6 months ago for $260+. More recently I was sorting some machins to add to approvals. I had half a dozen or so MH22s lined up to pick the nicest cancels. One of them stood out as way too big. It was ½mm too all, or 22mm instead of 21½!! This may not sound like a lot, but it is.

After measuring several dozen of them I realized that they are held to very close tolerances, of .002"-.004". I know how to measure with extreme precision from my engineering background. This oversize example was ½mm or .020" or five to ten times the normal variation.

I started a thread on here to ask for advice from advanced machin collectors, and they too are aware of some over-sized examples. And the mystery goes on.

Happy Stamping
Ken Tall Pines

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01 Jul 2014
07:43:51pm

re: Belgian Railway Stamps

I'd love to one day be able to create a "railway" line using some of my Belgian rail stamps. Kind of a fun way to create an album Happy

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"Let's find a cure for Still's Disease, Breast Cancer and Canine Addison's Disease. We CAN find a cure and save lives!!"

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