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on King George VI stamps of the British Empire, David Horry arrives at ‘instant’ stamps between Thursday, 2 August and Monday, 10
the Bechuanaland Protectorate, where there were a lot more cattle than September 2012. Each of these stamps depicted a photograph
humans, the administrative offices were in another country and some of of a gold medal winning Olympian or a group of winners.
The Olympics and Paralympics are over but the success of the athletes and, indeed, of the Games themselves, are still with us and will remain with us every time we look at the gold medal-winners stamps in our albums. They have certainly helped to boost the profile of stamp collecting in the UK and we hope that this will be one of the lasting legacies of the Games.
The 1953 Coronation air letter form was innovative in a number of respects and designers, Post Office officials and the printers worked hard and ran through a wide variety of options before the end product went on sale. GSM correspondent, Peter Jennings FRPSL, FRGS, owns a number of items from the printer’s archive, including correspondence, proofs and original artwork.
With the London 2012 Olympic Games almost upon us, Peter Jennings FRPSL, FRGA, looks back at the Air Letter produced for the ‘Austerity Games’ of 1948, the country’s first commemorative Air Letter. As well as an unused Air Letter, he illustrates an uncut example from the printer’s archive and one sent to New York, cancelled with the special ‘Olympic Games’ first day postmark.
Stamp collecting is extremely popular in the People’s Republic of China today and the great classic stamps and even comparatively modern issues are much sought after by collectors. China stamps and postal history fetch high prices at leading auction houses throughout the world.