Published on June 5th, 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 in the near future 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.

First Special Stamps issue

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.

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.

Stamped by Royal approval

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.

Amongst the 50 plaques which will be located on postboxes located in places that have a special connection with the featured stamp, we learn that Andy Murray will be featured on a postbox in his hometown of Dunblane and The Beano will be showcased on a postbox in Dundee where the iconic comic is published by DC Thomson north of the border.

So keep your eyes peeled when posting a letter!

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