Royal Mail Postage Label 12½p Printed on Gum Y25b


Royal Mail Postage Label 12½p Printed on Gum Y25b

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Royal Mail Postage Label 12½p Printed on Gum Y25b

Issued 1st May 1984.

Royal Mail Postage Labels, or Framas, were issued as an experiment by the Post Office on 1st May 1984. Special machines were installed in four main post offices . These were in Cambridge, London, Southampton, and finally,Windsor. Initially values were available in ½p steps up to 16p. Consequently the machines were adjusted to provide the 16½p and  17p values.  The machines were taken out of service on 30th April 1985. As a result of the tests being unsuccessful, the experiment was not repeated!

The design was by Martin Newton.

The machines gave postage-paid impressions in red. The paper was unwatermarked. The  phophorised paper had a grey-green wavy background design. The labels were also imperforate with PVAD gum.

ERROR PRINTED on the GUMMED SIDE. This error (with several other values) came from a roll of erroneously installed paper.

Stanley Gibbon’s GB QEII catalogue, volume 4, part 2, section Y, refers. Catalogue number Y25b.

Royal Mail Postage Label 12½p Printed on Gum Y25b


First of all, Royal Mail will handle your order. Therefore please see our Shop menu for postal options:  Postage                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We only charge postage for the first item in most cases. Thus any further items purchased would not increase the final postal charges. Furthermore we do not charge you for envelopes and packaging.

Recorded Delivery or Registered Post is also available if required. Loss or damage compensation can therefore be claimed if this option is taken.

We mention Stanley Gibbons catalogue numbers where it is possible. These numbers are either from the “Concise Stamp Catalogue” or from the “Specialised Stamp Catalogue Volume 4 Part 1”. We will try to mention any other numbering that we may use if not covered by the above. Sometimes particular stamps, Smilers sheets, booklets, miniature sheets, or cylinder blocks are not recognized anywhere. Hence, in this case, we would use our own expertise to describe and value that  item.

In conclusion, all of our stamps are unmounted mint and in an excellent condition. We will mention any variation to this statement.

Please let us know if we have made a mistake with this description.

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