On 31 July 1970, sailors in the Royal Navy were issued with their final daily ration of rum (the daily tot), ending a tradition of more than 300 years. This day became known as ‘Black Tot Day.’

Some sailors wore black armbands, tots were ‘buried at sea’ and in one naval training base, there was a mock funeral procession complete with black coffin and accompanying drummers and piper.

The National Museums of the Royal Navy Royal Mail kiosks, A002, A003, A004, A006 and A007 will celebrate this event with an overprint. ‘Black Tot Day 31st July 1970’ on both Union and Machin stamps.

The overprint will rum from Saturday 31st July 2021 to Saturday 31st August 2021,

A002 has been captured by Pirates!

The A002 kiosk at the NMRN in Portsmouth has moved from the Visitor Centre to the Pirates Exhibition. This is due to the Visitor Centre currently undergoing a refit.

Collectors are still welcome to visit the Pirate Shop without a museum ticket. The Pirates Exhibition is just opposite of the Visitor Centre, the first building on your right as you enter the site.

The Postal Museum announces the reopening of its Post & Go machines with new commemorative overprints

LONDON, 14 May 2021 – The Postal Museum is set to resume the operation of its two Post & Go machines as the Museum reopens to the public on 20 May 2021. Both kiosks will be in their usual locations The Postal Museum’s Welcome Space and Mail Rail entrance, no admission ticket will be required to access the services.

Additional safety measures are being introduced such as a hand sanitizer station, a queuing system and information on how to scan the NHS Test and Trace QR code located near the machines.

The machine in the Welcome Space will vend a collector’s strip of 1st and 2nd class Machin stamps with an overprint “Wish You Were Here” and a distinctive postcard symbol celebrating The Postal Museum’s new exhibition marking 151 years of the British postcard.

In addition to Post & Go stamps, a First Day Cover and a Presentation Pack containing both 1st and 2nd class Machins with “Wish You Were Here” overprint will be available to purchase from the museum’s shop and online at from 20 May.

Both Post & Go machines are available at The Postal Museum from 10.30 and throughout the museum’s opening hours (Thursdays to Sundays). Please check the full revised opening hours at

Guernsey Post & Go New Market Street Retail Kiosk

Guernsey Stamps announces that Guernsey Post will be installing a new retail Post and Go kiosk (GG05 Series) in the Market Street Post Office, St Peter Port, Guernsey.

The kiosk will operate as a full retail stamp vending unit and on the first day of operation (10 May 2021), collectors will be able to purchase collector strips with the Market Street overprint for both the Guernsey Flag and pictorial stamps (Bailiwick Flowers) from the Philatelic Bureau.

“Our Post & Go stamps continue to be really popular, and we thought our collectors would welcome the opportunity to collect the first strips from this new kiosk and series,” explains Bridget Yabsley, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post.

Priced at £5. 28* per collectors’ strip, the set of six stamps will comprise the following values: –

Gsy letter up to 100g
UK letter up to 100g
Gsy large letter up to 100g
EUR letter up to 20g
ROW letter up to 20g
UK large letter up to 100g

*Guernsey Post will levy an administration fee of £0.50 to vend stamps on customers’ behalf.