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Guy Thomas  |  Nov 20, 2017  |  0 comments

The 70th anniversary of the marriage of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on November 20 is marked by the issue of a six-stamp miniature sheet entitled Royal Wedding: Platinum Anniversary.

It comprises black-and-white photographs of the couple taken during 1947: two on the day of their engagement, two on their wedding day and two while on honeymoon.

These are presented in se-tenant pairs of different values, while the sheet border features a detail of the wedding gown designed by Norman Hartnell.

Guy Thomas  |  Nov 06, 2017  |  0 comments

Royal Mail’s Christmas issue, released on November 7, has two distinct elements, as it did in 2013.

A set of eight has various depictions of the Madonna & Child after old paintings, available from self-adhesive counter sheets (and booklets) and a gummed miniature sheet as usual.

A further set of four, available in self-adhesive guise only, features the two winning designs from a children’s competition, which attracted more than 200,000 entries.

Guy Thomas  |  Oct 09, 2017  |  0 comments

Royal Mail has surprised the philatelic world by announcing that it will issue a second commemorative set devoted to the Star Wars film series.

Following the set of 12 stamps and a six-stamp miniature sheet heralding the release of The Force Awakens in 2015, a new issue on sale from October 12 will comprise eight stamps heralding The Last Jedi, which will be released in December.

It illustrates four droid and four alien characters, most of them well-known but one of them introduced in the latest film.

Mark SBD  |  Sep 28, 2017  |  0 comments

Occupation Octagonals Produced for use by an occupying army which was already in full retreat, Thessaly’s one and only issue comprised the world’s first octagonal stamps Report by Adrian Keppel Thessaly 1898 20pa rose, one of five values in an issue which was distinctive but short-lived Thessaly may be close to the centre of modern Greece, but it has a chequered history, not all of it Hellenic.

Originally known as Aeolia, and mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, it has been part of the Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires.

Even after the Greeks regained their independence in 1830, they had to wait more than 50 years before they could incorporate Thessaly into the country, in 1881.

Mark SBD  |  Sep 18, 2017  |  0 comments

Educational Reading For Generations Of Kids On September 14 Royal Mail will issue a set of eight stamps celebrating Ladybird books, which have had a huge influence on generations of British children.

The Loughborough-based stationery firm Wills & Hepworth registered the Ladybird name in 1915, and published the first of its small-format children’s books bearing the Ladybird logo in 1940.

With wartime paper rationing in force, it concocted a format in which a 56-page book could be printed from a single sheet of paper.

Mark SBD  |  Jul 28, 2017  |  0 comments

Champlain celebration Canada 1908 Quebec Tercentenary ½c sepia, portraying the Prince and Princess of Wales 1908 was a champagne moment in Canada’s history, and the Tercentenary of Quebec was celebrated by a fine recess-printed set of portrait and pictorial stamps.

The first successful European colony in mainland Canada had been established in 1608, when the French navigator Samuel de Champlain retraced the voyages of discovery made more than 70 years earlier by his fellow countryman Jacques Cartier.

A small settlement at the confluence of the St Lawrence and St Charles rivers, initially simply named l’Habitation, would eventually grow into Quebec City.

Mark SBD  |  Jun 08, 2017  |  0 comments

Workshops wound by wind and water The Windmills & Watermills set, to be issued on June 20, will salute an endearing and important part of Britain’s industrial archaeology, the mechanisms which harnessed natural energy in the days before steam, coal and petrol engines, and cheap electricity.

Water power, harnessed by a waterwheel in fast-flowing water, was initially used for grinding grain and fulling cloth, and later for driving processing machinery in metal and textile factories.

Wind power, harnessed by sails mounted high in the air flow, was primarily used for grinding corn, especially in areas where flowing water was less easily available.

Mark SBD  |  May 15, 2017  |  0 comments

The Machin Definitive Birthday celebrations for a very familiar face Royal Mail’s celebration of 50 years of the Machin definitive comprises two miniature sheets to be released on June 5, the precise anniversary of the first issue.

The Machin Definitive - 50 Years of a Design Icon One, subtitled 50 Years Of A Design Icon, has six new 1st class stamps, each with the familiar Machin portrait in use since 1967 alongside a preliminary design concept dating from the development of the series during 1966.

The other, subtitled Golden Anniversary Celebration, has seven stamps, six of which are reprints of original decimal issues from between 1971 and 2013, and the other a new £1 value.

Guy Thomas  |  May 03, 2017  |  0 comments

A set of 10 stamps to be issued on May 4 will feature Songbirds, the wildlife that is equally familiar to British eyes and ears.

Birdsong builds to a peak between January and May each year, and is the soundtrack to the spring and early summer in our woodland, parkland and gardens.

Some of the featured birds are very familiar, some less well-known and seldom seen.

Guy Thomas  |  Apr 03, 2017  |  0 comments

The Racehorse Legends issue, released on April 6, honours eight equine legends of flat racing and national hunt racing in Britain.

Illustrated by Michael Heslop, each stamp shows a famous horse in action during one of its most celebrated races, with five different racecourses featured in all.

The horses selected are among the most popular and successful in racing history, from the mid 1960s to the present day.

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