For Britain, 1957 was a year of political change, as Anthony Eden retired and was succeeded as Prime Minister by Harold Macmillan. At much the same time, the bank rate went down from 5½ per cent to 5 per cent – what vastly different times from now!
In March Ghana (long known to stamp collectors as Gold Coast) became independent, soon to be followed in August by Malaya. The Queen Mother toured Rhodesia and Nyasaland in July, and then HM Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip went to Canada in October to open the new session of parliament in Ottawa. Some of these events prompted stamp issues, but before surveying the year’s stamps, we can take a look at the commemorative role of postmarks.
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