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The Omnibus Design Issue of King George VI Coronation Commemorative Stamps

On 11 December 1936, just one day after the abdication of King Edward VIII, the four stamp printing firms (Harrison and Sons, Waterlow and Sons, Bradbury, Wilkinson and De La Rue), together with the Crown Agents, attended a meeting at the Colonial Office in order to discuss designs for a Colonial Omnibus issue marking the coronation of the new monarch, King George VI. With only five months before the Coronation, and because of shipping times to some of the most remote colonies, the firms had just one week to prepare initial essays for the new issue. We describe the frantic race to produce this omnibus issue: from the initial essays and die proofs to the final issued stamps.

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Humanitarian Honoured

An 85c. stamp, released by France on 27 February, honours Anne Morgan – the first woman to become Commander of the Legion of Honour due to her relief work during and after World War I. Anne Morgan (1873–1952), an American, was the daughter of John Pierpont Morgan, better known as J P Morgan – the financier and banker. During World War I, she was at the forefront of efforts to raise funds for wounded soldiers and later founded a major civilian relief organisation with her friend Anne Dike (1879–1929).

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The 1928 Airmail Overprints of Chile

With the growth of overseas airmail in 1928–29, the Chilean Post Office recognised the need for postage stamps specifically for the purpose of prepaying the airmail rate. As no international airmail stamps were available at the time, a provisional issue was created to meet demand. We discuss the production, known varieties and postal usage of the 1928 airmail overprints.

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GB Stamps Used in Morocco

It is well-known that from the late 1850s to the mid-1880s stamps of Great Britain were used in Malta, Cyprus and Gibraltar – the key coaling stations on the Mediterranean, linking the United Kingdom with the jewel in the crown of the British Empire, India.

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Racehorse Legends

Royal Mail will release eight stamps today depicting some of Britain’s greatest Racehorse Legends. This issue will be the first commemorative stamps to be released following the 2017 Royal Mail tariffs introduced on 27 March.

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