New Machin definitive stamps Recorded Signed For service - 17 November 2009
To satisfy an operational demand at Post Office counters, Royal Mail has produced two new definitive NVI stamps which combine the Recorded Signed For fee with 1st class basic and 1st class Large postage rates. USED 1st class Recorded Signed For single 2009 version. SG U2981
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As most collectors know, Royal Mail have had the adhesive changed on the self-adhesive stamps to prevent them from being 'soaked off' in water. Many different methods have been tried to remove the stamps from paper - see this (international) discussion on Stampboards for a long discussion!I know people who have removed stamps successfully with white spirit but these people have been removing them for reuse, not for collection. It is my strong belief that used Machin security stamps should be collected on paper (or on cover!) preferably on white paper and cut neatly close (but not too close) to the stamps. They will look good in an album or stockbook, and no time will be wasted - or stamps damaged - in trying to soak them.