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Jeff Dugdale  |  Nov 03, 2021  |  First Published: Nov 02, 2021  |  0 comments

The set of six marking the centenary of Nobel Prizes broke new ground in that each used a different printing technology.

The 40p, for example, was a scratch-and-sniff stamp and the 2nd class changed colour when exposed to heat.

But the star was the 65p, Britain’s first holographic issue.

Jeff Dugdale  |  Nov 03, 2021  |  First Published: Nov 01, 2021  |  0 comments

In an attempt to plug the hole it had punched in its traditional issuing policy, the GPO insisted this was not an issue honouring Shakespeare himself, whose 400th birthday it was, but one commemorating the Shakespeare Festival as an event.

Nevertheless, this was a ground-breaking and controversial issue, the first to depict a commoner.

In a multi-coloured set of five showing scenes from plays, the only recess-printed stamp, and the only one to name the play in question, was the monotone top value in deep slate purple illustrating the hapless Hamlet contemplating mortality.

Jeff Dugdale  |  Oct 31, 2021  |  0 comments

The only joint entry in our countdown is the the oddest se-tenant pair ever.

Not having much to boast about for the Europe in Space theme of 1991, Britain commissioned a France artist to come up with an imaginative angle.

Accompanying a lower value pair entitled Man Looking At Space, the 37p stamps purported to show Space Looking At Man.

Stamp Magazine Staff  |  Nov 03, 2023  |  0 comments
Issue date 2/11/2023

This year’s Christmas stamps, issued on November 2, are inspired by carols.

Stamp Magazine Staff  |  Sep 14, 2023  |  0 comments
Issue date 21/9/2023

Dame Shirley Bassey became the first solo female music artist to be honoured with a dedicated British stamp issue, as Royal Mail celebrated her 70 years in show business on September 21.

Stamp Magazine Staff  |  Jun 14, 2024  |  0 comments
Issue date 6/6/2024

Royal Mail issued a set of 10 stamps on June 6 entitled Dogs, showcasing some of the most popular breeds in the UK.

Stamp Magazine Staff  |  Mar 22, 2023  |  0 comments
Issue date 23/3/2023

Royal Mail’s set of 10 stamps celebrating Flowers, released on March 23, is the first special issue carrying the new cameo portrait of King Charles III.

Julia Lee  |  Mar 16, 2012  |  0 comments

The Germans call it Englandschlacht, but to the rest of the world it is better known as the Battle of Britain – unique in the history of warfare in that it was fought entirely in the air.

The campaign which followed the fall of France in June 1940 was simply for control of the skies over England.

If it won, the German war machine would be able to press home its advantage with an attempted invasion.

Stamp Magazine Staff  |  Oct 19, 2023  |  0 comments
Issue date 19/10/2023

On October 19, Royal Mail issued its third celebration of the Harry Potter fantasy fiction franchise within the space of 16 years.

Stamp Magazine Staff  |  Apr 03, 2023  |  0 comments
Issue date 4/4/2023

The new King Charles III definitives, issued on April 4, amount to five different values and five retail booklets.

James Mackay  |  Nov 30, 2010  |  0 comments

Sir Winston Churchill was 90 years old when he died on January 24, 1965.

Remarkably, he had been a member of the House of Commons until as recently as the previous autumn.

As Britain’s greatest parliamentarian and war leader, not to mention a Nobel Prize-winning author, a journalist and an accomplished artist, he was an obvious subject for a set of stamps, but the Post Office established a new precedent in issuing them.

Stamp Magazine Staff  |  Sep 01, 2023  |  0 comments
Issue date 5/9/2023

On September 5, Royal Mail issues a set of six stamps and a miniature sheet celebrating 65 years of Paddington Bear.

Stamp Magazine Staff  |  Jul 14, 2023  |  0 comments
Issue date 13/7/2023

The River Wildlife set of 10 stamps, issued on July 13, celebrates the diverse fauna which inhabits Britain’s natural waterways.

James Mackay  |  Nov 30, 2010  |  0 comments

The exact date on which William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon is unknown, but tradition says it was on St George’s Day, April 23, 1564.

The Post Office’s long-standing refusal to countenance stamps in honour of famous people gave it a problem in 1964 when there was agitation for a special issue of stamps to mark the 400th anniversary.

But it found a way around its discomfort.

Stamp Magazine Staff  |  Aug 11, 2023  |  0 comments
Issue date 10/8/2023

A set of eight stamps issued by Royal Mail on August 10 celebrates the 40th anniversary of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, the series of fantasy novels with total worldwide sales of more than a hundred million copies.