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    Posted: 11 January 2011 at 09:59

When I was in London in May, I had the good fortune to visit many Exhibitions that were taking place for the Festival of Stamps.

One such Exhibition was the KGV-Empire Mails Exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery.

I was there on the opening day [May 7th] and was lucky enough to have seen a pre-demonstration of an old Enschede Intaglio Printing press. They were printing the 1929 UPU £1 stamp in blocks of 4 from copies of the original plate. The Press was an old hand-driven wooden device but it produced great reproductions in Blue on thick matt paper. A few of us lucky sods were allowed to hold the wet finished print which was lain on boards. But that was as far as it got.

How I would have liked to have one of those for my GB Exhibition collection....the Ultimate item ? I quickly put the thought out of mind, knowing that they were not for sale......or so I thought.

Just before Christmas, the Exhibition organizers, the BPMA, announced that they would be offering 50, 1 per person on a first-come-first-served basis. They were not cheap. I did not apply by phone as required but did make contact by email when I saw mistakes in their announcement. That was as far as it went.

Then I received an email asking me if I was still interested in a sheet....and I was in shock. I quickly said I was but then heard nothing, until today. After four nervous weeks of no mail, the item finally arrived.

 

1/11/11 will always remain a special day.

 

Londonbus1.....see pics in Links.

 
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What an excellent addition to a collection. You must be over the moon.

And it's a good example of "Don't Ask, Don't Get". Never be too shy to put yourself forward. And this time it paid off handsomely.
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You lucky devil.  I wants it.  My preciousssss.

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I was lucky, that is certain.
I am still not 100% sure how I was picked out, although I have an idea.
 
Anyway, I have one. And I never thought I would.
 
That, is a nice feeling.
 
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Any chance of posting a photo?
My Etsy shop - FarFetchedPhilately - is now open again :-)



https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FarFetchedPhilately

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Do you mean like the three in the first post of the thread?

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