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The Evolution of Commemorative Stamps

The Evolution of Commemorative Stamps A slow start The Georges Three sets of stamps were produced in the 1920's The 1930's saw the first usage of stamps sets to commemorate the Royal Family. British Empire Exhibition (Dated 1924) British Empire Exhibition [Dated 1925) 1920's Only two sets of stamps were produced to celebrate George v silver Jubilee on 7th May 1935 and the Coronation of George VI on the 13 May 1937 9th U.P.U. Congress, London 1930's A Silver Wedding A War & The Olympics A decade in which only a few stamp sets (5) were produced but they celebrated significant events: Kneel for the Queen Victory in World War l Silver Wedding The London 1940's The 1950's saw an increase in stamp sets to 7 including sets on Castles, World Scout Jubilee, The Festival of Britain and the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Olympics 1950's World Cup Winners The 1960's saw a sudden increase in stamp sets to 56. The traditional Royal Family and Sports sets supported by sets on the subjects of literature, architecture, transport and the post office. Seasons Greetings 1960's The 1970's saw a move towards an annual set of Christmas related stamp sets with 10 sets in total. However, the 1966 World Cup Final Victory over Germany has to be a leading contender for stamp set of the decade. Total set numbers had climbed again to 69. Diversity 1970's The 1980's marked an additional growth in stamp sets to 89 but also saw a significant diversification in the subject The Natural World matters. As an example a set of stamps was issued on the 6th March 1984 on British Cattle! The 1990's showed a softer side to the stamp sets with 9 sets relating to Nature. The total number of sets had 1980's now grown to 110. For the first time since the 1920's the Royal family and Christmas didn't dominate. A Nation of animal Lovers 8,066 The UK's love of animals shows through in the oo's with 8 sets Past Present & Future related to animals. Cats and Dogs key to this number. Total number reached a heady 118. 2000's The 2010's sets showed a renewed interest in the past, present and future. Set numbers total 60 up until the end of 2014. This looks like being a useful source of revenue for the Royal Mail as it believes there are over 2.5 million stamp collectors in the UK. 2010's Powered By: A set for Doctor Who in 2013 Pitney Bowes showed a move towards attracting both stamp collectors and fans of the TV show Credits:$1969

The Evolution of Commemorative Stamps

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Timeline showing the evolution of Royal Mail Comemorative Stamps in the UK


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