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Stamp Magazine Staff  |  May 10, 2023  |  0 comments
Publication date 11/5/2023

The June issue of Stamp Magazine, published on May 11, includes...

Stamp Magazine Staff  |  May 07, 2024  |  0 comments
Publication date 9/5/2024

The June issue of Stamp Magazine, published on May 9, includes...

Guy Thomas  |  Aug 11, 2016  |  0 comments

The Landscape Gardens set, to be issued by Royal Mail on August 16, marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (c1716-1783), who is renowned as ‘England’s greatest gardener’, or more properly Britain’s greatest landscape architect.

In designing more than 170 parks and gardens (and in some cases houses), Brown changed the face of 18th-century England, establishing a new breed of country estate which was ‘naturalistic’, carefully landscaped without being formally patterned.

He not only planted shrubs and trees but also moved hills, and dammed rivers to fabricate lakes in strategic places.

Guy Thomas  |  Mar 16, 2021  |  0 comments

A set of 10 stamps celebrating the Legend of King Arthur was issued by Royal Mail on March 16.

One of the most enduring tales in English and Welsh folklore, the legend dates from the 5th or 6th centuries, when, according to medieval histories and romances, Arthur was a Romano-British leader fighting against Anglo-Saxon invaders.

Historical evidence of his life is non-existent, and the earliest datable mention of Arthur is in a 9th-century chronicle, so he straddles the border between history and mythology.

Guy Thomas  |  Feb 08, 2019  |  0 comments

Royal Mail is marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci on February 13, with a set of 12 stamps featuring a selection of his drawings held by the Royal Collection.

The 550 drawings in the collection were acquired by King Charles II around 1670 and are one of the world’s most important hoards of Leonardo’s original work.

Almost 150 examples are being displayed separately at 12 museums and galleries across the UK this year, and then subsequently together in the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

Julia Lee  |  Dec 12, 2012  |  0 comments

Royal Mail’s first stamp issue of2013 celebrates the 150th anniversary of the world’s oldest underground railway.

Issued on January 9, the London Underground issue comprises six separate stamps charting the history of the network, and a miniature sheet of four wide-format stamps focusing on the design heritage of its promotional posters.

The sheet stamps all feature a timeline across the lower quarter of the design, giving the date of the image and using the livery colour of the relevant Underground line.

Julia Lee  |  Jul 11, 2012  |  0 comments

Royal Mail is celebrating the opening ceremony of the London Olympics on July 27 by issuing a miniature sheet of four stamps.

Entitled ‘Welcome to the London 2012 Olympic Games’, it features a quartet of Olympic sports merging into a quartet of London landmarks.

The stamps were designed by Hat-Trick, from photographs of unidentified athletes by Andy Hooper and of landmarks by Paul Grundy.

Guy Thomas  |  Sep 09, 2015  |  0 comments

Royal Mail issued a five-stamp miniature sheet entitled Long To Reign Over Us on September 9, the day Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history, surpassing Queen Victoria’s reign of 63 years and 216 days.

One of the stamps is the new-coloured 1st class Machin definitive (October issue, page 22), and the miniature sheet is the only source of this design in gummed form.

The other four are larger-format commemoratives featuring royal portraiture and insignia.

Guy Thomas  |  Jun 01, 2015  |  0 comments

The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, a foundation stone of the rule of law in England and around the world, is being marked by a special stamp issue on June 2.

Rather than concentrating solely on the treaty itself, the set of six stamps, subtitled ‘Magna Carta 1215: Foundation of Liberty’ also features five other key civil liberties and human rights documents which have been inspired by it.

Each design features a quote from the document in question alongside a simple woodcut image.

Julia Lee  |  Sep 07, 2011  |  0 comments

Royal Mail issues a miniature sheet and prestige stamp book on September 9, to mark the centenary of the First UK Aerial Post, which was the world’s first scheduled airmail service.

Gustav Hamel’s flight from Hendon to Windsor on September 9, 1911, was the first of a series by four pilots carrying covers commemorating the coronation of King George V (see page 42).

The four stamps reproduce period photographs, and the border shows an original publicity poster.

Stamp Magazine Staff  |  Feb 08, 2023  |  0 comments
Publication date 9/2/2023

The March issue of Stamp Magazine, published on February 9, includes...

Stamp Magazine Staff  |  Feb 07, 2024  |  0 comments
Publication date 8/2/2024

The March issue of Stamp Magazine, published on February 8, includes...

Guy Thomas  |  Mar 11, 2019  |  0 comments

Royal Mail will issue a Marvel Super Heroes set of stamps on March 14, marking the 80th anniversary of the famous comic stories.

Ten stamps sold in counter sheets illustrate popular characters, all facing the viewer in dynamic action poses.

A further five stamps are contained in a miniature sheet which takes the form of a specially commissioned comic strip entitled Marvel Heroes UK, with a storyline loosely set in London.

Stamp Magazine Staff  |  Apr 10, 2023  |  0 comments
Publication date 13/4/23

The May issue of Stamp Magazine, published on April 13, includes...

Stamp Magazine Staff  |  Apr 09, 2024  |  0 comments
Publication date 11/4/2024

The May issue of Stamp Magazine, published on April 11, includes...