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[*] posted on 18-5-2019 at 12:13 PM


Thanks, I will look out for them!
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[*] posted on 18-5-2019 at 03:19 PM


I don't know how your postage system works but I have received some very cool stamps from the UK already! :)
You can just combine two or more stamps to get the amount you need, can't you?
In Germany, if you want to have the interesting stamps, you have to buy them online. Otherwise it is almost impossible to get your hands on them, the shops all have the same stamps...
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[*] posted on 18-5-2019 at 07:23 PM


You can go and get the new special stamps in Germany on the official issue date at the local post offices, too. :)
I do that regularly.
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[*] posted on 18-5-2019 at 07:28 PM


Oh, good to know! I should try that, thanks, idus :)
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[*] posted on 18-5-2019 at 07:42 PM


No problem. :)
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[*] posted on 25-5-2019 at 07:19 PM


A lot of us use https://www.philatelink.co.uk/
Mix and match - at a discounted price!
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[*] posted on 25-5-2019 at 07:21 PM


Two 1st class stamps = £1.40. 5p too much!
Why not buy exactly what you want at a discounted price?
https://www.philatelink.co.uk/
Lots of us have used this supplier for many years.
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[*] posted on 18-8-2019 at 12:51 PM


I will be a week in London and don't know how to use these 1st class stamps and why are there no stamps that state the actual value? How do I know what stamps to put on and where do I get pretty stamps in London?
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[*] posted on 18-8-2019 at 01:09 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Claw  
I will be a week in London and don't know how to use these 1st class stamps and why are there no stamps that state the actual value? How do I know what stamps to put on and where do I get pretty stamps in London?


First Class = £0.70 for "fast" inland mail - letters/cards up to 100g
Second Class = £0.61 for "slow" inland mail - letters/cards up to 100g
NOTE: you can combine these and other values to make up other postage rates.

Postage for Austria/Europe = £1.35 for letters/cards up to 20g

Link to Royal Mail price booklet: https://www.royalmail.com/sites/default/files/royal-mail-our-prices-...

There are actually quite a few stamps with the value shown, especially the higher value.

You will have to try and find a post office that has special stamps... sorry. All I can recommend is the Postal Museum - address: 15-20 Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DA - map: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/The+Postal+Museum/@51.524751,-0....
They also have a special posting box for mail to be hand stamped with the museum's special postmark.

There are some places which sell "stamps" from a private mail service but I recommend you don't buy them as your cards or letters could travel a long time!
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[*] posted on 19-8-2019 at 10:47 AM


Thank you dear Klaus for the information ;) , the reminder.

;) Instead of buying stamps at the Postoffice in London we will go to the Postal Museum :) .

( The Postal Museum is near / in Covent Garden ? )
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[*] posted on 19-8-2019 at 03:46 PM


Walking it will be about 2.5-3 km - but you see a lot on the way.

Hopefully the link to the map works:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Covent+Garden,+London/The+Postal+M...
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[*] posted on 25-8-2019 at 04:30 PM


Quote: Originally posted by klaus3428  
Quote: Originally posted by Claw  
I will be a week in London and don't know how to use these 1st class stamps and why are there no stamps that state the actual value? How do I know what stamps to put on and where do I get pretty stamps in London?


First Class = £0.70 for "fast" inland mail - letters/cards up to 100g
Second Class = £0.61 for "slow" inland mail - letters/cards up to 100g
NOTE: you can combine these and other values to make up other postage rates.

Postage for Austria/Europe = £1.35 for letters/cards up to 20g

Link to Royal Mail price booklet: https://www.royalmail.com/sites/default/files/royal-mail-our-prices-...

There are actually quite a few stamps with the value shown, especially the higher value.

You will have to try and find a post office that has special stamps... sorry. All I can recommend is the Postal Museum - address: 15-20 Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DA - map: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/The+Postal+Museum/@51.524751,-0....
They also have a special posting box for mail to be hand stamped with the museum's special postmark.

There are some places which sell "stamps" from a private mail service but I recommend you don't buy them as your cards or letters could travel a long time!



I had to find the right Royal Mail office for stamps. Not all have them. Better look on the royal mail page for philatelie service.

The Postal Museum has a stamp printing machine with nice prints, easy to use and you can get the right tarif. The machine prints five stamps at once.
It has no postbox and no special cancelation.
But there is a mail rail train to drive with. It's not big, but nice.
Next to it is the cetral Royal Mail Station, but no post office.

I mainly used the pretty first class and second class stamps + 4p. You only get the current stamps and those of the last your.
The Office I was at had no PHQ cards, but the man at the stamp counter was very nice.

You have to take a number first and wait for the next open counter, than ask for image stamps. But there are also standard stamps per 1,35£ that don't show the queen. But same size (I think) and unicolor too.

The £1,35 is for worldwide delivery.

Postboxes can be hard to find. Especially if you serch for one.
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[*] posted on 26-8-2019 at 08:36 AM


last year I posted in the special postbox and received the item with a special postmark. However, it is not obvious where the box is - actually outside fixed to an old telephone box.I had to ask because I couldn't find it. Unless they have taken it down now.
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