First Class : a history of Britain in 36 postage stamps
From the world’s first postage stamp, the Penny Black, to the Royal Wedding Commemorative in 2011, Chris West presents Britain’s history in a unique way: through its stamps.
West has selected 36 stamps from his own collection which highlight some of the most important times in the United Kingdom’s history. In a witty and informative style, he tells the story behind each stamp’s issue and gives us an insight into the nation’s thinking at the time.
The George V Penny Red (1916), which was used to bring the terrible news to families that their loved ones had been killed in action in the First World War, tells a particularly poignant story. Yet others, such as the Coronation Commemorative tell the tale of a more hopeful time in the United Kingdom.
As Royal Mail unveils this year’s Christmas stamps in the UK, this is the perfect time to look at some of the most interesting British stamps which have been issued over the past 132 years.
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