Self-adhesive series

 

Decimal Book Series ~ DB1 to DB22

There is reason to believe that had the Post Office not abandoned (in 1943) its system of numbering its books it would have considered the change to decimal currency a sufficient reason for making a fresh start, both in the numbering of each edition and of the series to which they belong. Accordingly, and because it is convenient to be able to identify each issue, 'The Bookmark' Catalogue allocates decimal stamp books to series, according to the purpose and form of their issue.

 

Co-incident with decimal day, 15 February 1971, the inland postal rates were increased, the minimum rates becoming 2p for the second-class service and 3p for the first-class service. The initial issue of four books in February 1971 was designed to provide a range of stamps at these rates to suit the different needs of customers as seen at the time. The face values of the first four books put on sale were: 10p machine-vended, 25p counter 2nd-class, 30p counter 1st-class, and 50p counter, mixed 1st- and 2nd-class. Each of these is regarded as having started a separate series. A fifth book, privately commissioned, was introduced in May 1972.

 

In 1976, new methods of stamp book production were employed which used unified cylinders capable of printing stamps in sheet, roll or booklet form, the books being produced with folded instead of stitched covers. Also in 1976, and again in 1986 and 1996, there were developments in the machines used to vend stamp books, some of which were experimental, and new books were produced for them. In 1988, a new marketing initiative, involving private retail outlets in addition to the normal Post Office sales points, produced the so-called window books, printed by three different companies, which eventually led to the demise of the former counter books.

 
The different reasons for introducing all these books are reflected in The Bookmark system by allocating them to separate series. The following series are allocated:
 
 

Series DB1

F1 machine-vended books

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Series DB2

Counter books for 2nd-class

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Series DB3

Counter books for 1st-class

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Series DB4

Counter books for mixed rates

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Series DB5

Prestige stamp books

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QuickFind Contents Pt   I   DP  17 -  DP170

 
             

 

 

       
             

QuickFind Contents Pt  II   DP179 -  DP296

 
             

 

 

       
             

QuickFind Contents Pt III   DP303 -  DP358

 
             

 

 

       
             

QuickFind Contents Pt IV   DP359 -  DP398

 
             

 

 

       
             

QuickFind Contents Pt V    DP399 -  to date

 
                         
  Series DB6

F1 machine-vended books

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  Series DB7

Counter books for 2nd-class

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  Series DB8

Counter books for 1st-class

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  Series DB9

F2, H & J machine-vended books

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  Series DB10

Christmas books (definitives)

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Series DB11

Counter books for mixed rates

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Series DB12

Special issue stamp books

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Series DB13

Greetings stamp books

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  Series DB14

K & L machine-vended books (lower rate)

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  Series DB15

K & L machine-vended books (higher rate)

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  Series DB16

Books for 2nd-class (gravure)

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  Series DB17

Books for 1st-class (gravure)

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  Series DB18

Books for overseas airmail rates

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  Series DB19

Books for 2nd-class (lithography)

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  Series DB20

Books for 1st-class (lithography)

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  Series DB21

'Red' machine-vended books

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  Series DB22

Commemorative label books

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MBPC  -  27 November 2014