Simplifying the Machins (aka Machins 101)

If you are new to Machin collecting and are looking for a simplified way to sort and organize your accumulation, here is a free 32-page PDF (Adobe Acrobat Reader required) that provides 26+ sorting criteria.

Use this document as a guide to sorting your Machins to whatever level of specialization that you want.

A free "basic" set of album pages (PDF) is also available for download. For other types of album pages, click here.

Note: If you are mounting mint self-adhesive Machins with the original backing paper, do *not* cut the backing paper to fit any album spaces; always cut your mount to fit the original sized Machin stamp with backing paper.


Download Simplifying the Machins
(32 pages, 17.97Mb)

[Updated Apr 3/23]

Download "Basic" album pages
(30 pages, 1.53Mb)

[Updated Nov 13/22]


I have given Zoom presentations using my Simplifying the Machins guide on a few occasions.

A talk to the Owen Sound stamp club on April 21, 2021 was recorded, which you can view/download below.


Click to download 51 minute video (529Mb)

Disclaimer: We apologize for any errors of information that might be present. Your feedback is appreciated.

For even more varieties on Machin stamps, check out The Complete Deegam Machin Handbook (simply the best Machin
 handbook available anywhere) by Douglas Myall - click for details.

Booklet pane numbers used courtesy the Modern British Philatelic Circle
who publish 'The Bookmark' Catalogue

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Detail entries: 2014 2
Detail images: 1510 3

1 plus 188 regionals
2 plus cut, SBP (± 1000)
3 plus SBP, panes (±425)


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