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The Deegam project continues
As Douglas wished, the Deegam project will continue.

This was the message at the end of the obituary for Douglas and we promise that the project will go on. We both, Hanns Fasching and Gerry Fisk, were appointed by Douglas as editorial assistants more than two years ago. Since that time, we have managed the whole Deegam project, issued Deegam Reports and regularly updated the Handbook. We were both very close friends of Douglas over many years and we have been involved with Deegam publications since the very early days, albeit in a quiet way. Now the time has come to tell you a little more about us and especially how work is shared between us.
 
Hanns creates the Reports and the regular updates of the Handbook; both are done by using Adobe® InDesign. Then Gerry ‘edits’ the drafts by adding and updating all bookmarks and links in the final versions of the PDF files. Gerry ‘burns’ all ordered Handbook CDs and mails them. He also deals with all incoming emails and keeps the database of Deegam subscribers up to date. This is roughly how the work is shared between us.
 
Maybe you’d like some background about us – here are some details:


 
Hanns was born in December 1950 and is an Austrian citizen. He worked in the Federal Ministry of Finance in Vienna as an expert for Customs Tariff, but he is now retired. He collected stamps since his childhood, starting with stamps from the German speaking countries. But since his first visit in the UK in 1977, he fell in deep love with the Machin definitives. From that moment on he studied them in every detail and there he came across Douglas Myall in the early eighties and Deegam became the main source for him. He was involved in the publication of the first edition of The Deegam® Handbook in 1993; in fact, he delivered almost all images and drawings to this publication.
 
Hanns was Journal Editor of the GB DSB SC (now MBPC) for more than ten years and also Catalogue Editor during the nineties, creating the 7th edition of The Bookmark® Catalogue. Nowadays, he is again Catalogue Editor of the MBPC. In 1990 he prepared the specialised listing of Machin definitives for the well-known MICHEL® Großbritannien Spezial Katalog.


 
Gerry has had a long and successful business career working in a variety of spheres beginning in weapons research and moving on through the machine tool, steel and electrical engineering industries before joining Hanson PLC, working as a regional managing director. Since retirement, he has concentrated on his passion for Machins and the ‘Deegam family’.
 
He began collecting stamps as a school boy and, over the years honed his interests to concentrate on Machins. He met Douglas in the early 1970s and soon became involved in the Deegam project.
 
Gerry was an early member of GB DSB SC and became a founder member of MBPC. He has served on both Circles’ committees, holding the key officer positions at various times over the years. He is nominated to become Honorary President of MBPC later this year, only the second person to hold the post. The first incumbent was … Douglas!
 
So, as you can see, we were both somehow familiar with the Deegam project for a very long period of time. It is our intention to further develop The Deegam® Handbook and a fifth edition (working title HB5) is under preparation. All chapters and several appendixes are already finished. From the work point of view there will be an essential change, because all the bookmarks and links will be created in the InDesign files, by using all the available features (hyperlinks and cross references). This means that once exported from InDesign as PDF file, no further adjustment is required. Mainly for this reason, it was important to start with the chapters and appendixes, because they are the sources of most of the links in the catalogue listings. It is an extremely time-consuming job, but when finished, it will make our lives much easier for future updates.
 
In parallel with the preparation of HB5, some important researches are required. There are some changes required regarding stamps with inset, short or notched phosphor bars which are not really showing these features (e.g., 17p stamps ex 50p machine-vended book with the ‘Pillar box’ design). Many value settings have to be re-measured (e.g., stamps from primary sheet with columns printed tête bêche).
 
As stated at the beginning – the Deegam project will continue. Our abilities and interests complement each other as we carry on the work as a close-knit team. We will try to do our best to continue this successful project and we hope that you will continue to show us the same support that you have given Douglas.
Douglas Myall FRPSL


We are very sad to report that Douglas Myall passed away on 30 January 2019. He was known affectionately to his thousands of followers in the philatelic world simply as Deegam or DGAM.
 
Born in Essex on 17 December 1922, Douglas George Albert Myall worked as a British civil servant. His career took him to the office of the Inspector of Foreign Dividends where he developed his interest in philately by collecting the stamps from incoming mail. He subsequently moved to the trademarks registry at the Patents Office. For some years after retirement, he travelled extensively acting as a consultant and adviser on trademark and patent law.
 
In the 1950s and 1960s, he collected Wilding stamps, the first definitive issues of HM Queen Elizabeth’s reign. At the same time, his work required him to study security printing which helped him in his philatelic activities. His first articles began appearing in the philatelic press.
 
From their introduction in 1967, he studied and collected Machins, the definitive stamps carrying The Queen’s head designed by Arnold Machin. Soon after Britain adopted decimalised currency in February 1971, DGAM (with three other eminent philatelists) founded two Study Circles, the aims of which were to promote the collection and study of modern philately. The two bodies were the Great Britain Decimal Stamp Book Study Circle (GB DSB SC) and the British Decimal Stamps Study Circle (BDSSC). These two later combined to become the Modern British Philatelic Circle which continues to flourish today with a membership of over 550 people world-wide.
 
DGAM was the founding Editor of GB DSB SC. He devised many of the nomenclatures to describe the books’ characteristics and these nomenclatures are today’s accepted international standards.
 
He was a prolific writer for the British Philatelic Bulletin and was been voted ‘Favourite Bulletin author’ in a poll of the readers in most of the years that the polls were held. He managed to translate his deep knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject into articles which have a wide topical interest.
 
As well as writing for the Circles’ publication and the Philatelic Bulletin, he wrote and published many articles for a wide variety of publications including The GB Journal of the Great Britain Philatelic Society and Stamp Collecting magazine. These complemented his own personal publications.
 
During his studies, he was not content with the way that established catalogues were handling the potential criteria to study Machin stamps. In the end, he decided to write his own reference work, with an aspiration to be as exhaustive and precise as possible.
 
To many, his greatest achievement has been the writing and publishing of The Complete Deegam® Machin Handbook, which details all aspects and features of the Machin issues and is universally accepted as the ‘bible’ on the subject. First published in 1993, a second and a third edition followed. The latter, in July 2003, contained 1,272 pages. This renowned work received accolades from far and wide. Amongst the awards given for this work have been the National Postal Museum medal for research (1997); Gold Medal at ChicagoPex (1997); Silver Gilt medal, Stampex (1997); Vermeil, Palmerston, New Zealand (1997); Gold medal, Korpex 2000.
 
The present electronic edition, available on CD-ROM only, first arrived on the scene in April 2010. The files are regularly updated every eight weeks or so. The issued version is thus always current. Companion Deegam® Reports are made available to subscribers.
 
Such was Douglas’s contribution to modern philately that he was honoured by being made a Fellow of The Royal Philatelic Society London, granted in December 2011.
 
Aside from the Machins, Douglas collected British perfins on covers. Outside of philately, he was interested in photography and, in particular, the macro photography of insects. Some of his trips abroad provided some fascinating subjects!
 
He was very much a family man and shared most of his adult life with his wife, Kath, who died in 2014. They had two daughters, Delia and Fiona, and they and their families were Douglas’s greatest interests. He will be sorely missed.
 
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As Douglas wished, the Deegam project will continue.