Published on June 26th, 2015 | by admin
Plaques Installed On Selected Postboxes To Mark 50 Years Of Special Stamps
It was way back in the 1960’s that Special Stamps were first issued by Royal Mail in a tradition that would continue up to the present day. And to celebrate 50 years of the Special Stamps programme which celebrates the heritage and culture of Britain, 50 plaques are being installed on selected postboxes across the UK featuring images of some of the most popular stamps.
The notion of Special Stamps to celebrate events and commemorate anniversaries was devised by Tony Benn who was the Postmaster General of that time. He worked alongside designer David Gentleman to modernise stamp design.
Winston Churchill appeared on first ever set of special stamps
The first ever collectible stamps issued depicted Winston Churchill to mark his passing in January 1965. Multiple stamp sets followed throughout the 1960’s including the ‘England Winners’ in recognition of the England football team winning the World Cup on home soil in 1966 which remains one of the nation’s finest sporting moments.
Most popular themes which have been featured
A number of diverse themes have been featured as special stamps throughout the last five decades. The most popular theme that has been featured on special stamps relates to social history and politics. Amongst the 72 stamp issues on this theme have been the recent Prime Ministers special stamps which feature some of the most prominent leaders who have shaped the Britain we know today.
In total, the Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme has featured a total of 2,663 stamps. Each and every new stamp design is approved by Her Majesty, The Queen before it is issued. It is therefore apt that there have been 37 Royalty stamp issues over the past 50 years too including a Royal Portraits Presentation Pack to mark 60 years since the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Each plaque features one of the most popular stamps that has a special connection with the UK city, town or village in which it is located. Amongst the 50 plaques, children’s TV character Bagpuss is featured on a postbox in Canterbury, close to the barn where legendary animator Peter Firmin produced the series about the much-loved saggy old cloth cat.