Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks
Great Fire of London - 2 September 2016
Stamps - three se-tenant pairs of 1st class, £1.05 (Europe 20g letter,
Worldwide 10g letter and postcard); £1.52 (Europe 100g letter)
While fires were not unusual, the poor
fire-fighting capabilities and inadequate management led to spreading –
only leather buckets; primitive ‘squirters’; and long hooks for pulling
down buildings were the tools available. Thousands were made
homeless by the fire, and set up camps in fields around the city. Within
days, plans were being considered for the rebuilding and Christopher
Wren given task of designing new churches and a new St Paul’s Cathedral.
His 52 new parish churches became a 17th-18th tourist attraction,
including the new cathedral.
The fire was one of the most infamous disasters to strike London, and is
an integral part of British history, and featured in the education
National Curriculum. For this stamp issue, Royal Mail decided to adopt a
fresh way of telling the story of the Great Fire. The "graphic
novel’ style of illustration, re-imagines the events with accuracy (as
contemporary illustrations do not exist and depictions of the Fire made
afterwards tended to over-dramatise events). Working closely with the
expert curator at the Museum of London, the stamp designs feature the
artwork of John Higgins and convey the drama of the events
chronologically across the six stamps, documenting the start, spread and
end of the Great Fire of London in September 1666..
Technical details and details of background images:
The stamps were designed by The Chase and John Higgins and are printed by
International Security Printers in lithography. The 35mm square
stamps are printed in se-tenant pairs in sheets of 30/60 (phosphor and
perforation not known).
Stamp designs© Royal Mail Group Ltd 2016
Products issued, available from Royal Mail:
Set of 6 stamps (3 se-tenant pairs) --
First day cover -- Presentation pack --
Stamp cards (set of 6) -- Coin Cover - Stamps Souvenir (ie unaddressed
first day cover sold for 90 days)
This page is for information only, we shall not be stocking these
Postmarks available for the day of
issue will be shown in Royal Mail's Postmark Bulletins (download
here), starting with the issue of 5 August.
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This page created 16 August 2016