“Profile on Print” is the second in a series of three prestige
booklets promoting Stamp Show 2000 in London in May, 2000. The booklet features
current British definitives known as Machins after the designer of the stamps,
The booklet contains five panes, each with Machins printed by a different process and produced
by a different printer. The printing processes run from the common (gravure, lithography) to the
uncommon (intaglio) to the unusual (embossing, letterpress). The results vary widely,
a reminder “that certain designs are appropriate to certain printing processes.”
Albert Farrugia, editor of Machinations, refers to some of these stamps as
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” You can read his comments about this booklet
in his Musing here at GBStamps.com.
These virtual album pages show the stamps, panes, and interleaves of this remarkable booklet. Following
each normal-sized image is usually a supplementary page with enlargements. Use the blue left and right
arrows to scroll forwards and backwards through the album.
Some of the images are fairly large, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the grand tour of the world’s
most famous Profile on Print.