Artwork and other material related to King George V definitive stamps has now been made available on our website. During George V’s 26 year reign (1910-1936) only three definitive designs were issued – the Downey Head, the Mackennal (or Profile) Head and the Seahorse High Values. Our webpages include material related to these three issues, with separate webpages devoted to the First Designs (1910) and the Photogravure designs (1933-36).
Barnett Freedman’s design for a proposed photogravure 7d or 8d value, November 1935. (GV-13-24)
For those with a special interest in stamps from the George V era there are links from these webpages to further material on our online catalogue.
Visit www.postalheritage.org.uk/kgv-definitives to see the new webpages.
Posted in Archive, Catalogue, Collection, Philatelic
Tagged Barnett Freedman, Bertram Mackennal, definitive stamps, Downey head, George V, high value definitives, King George V, philately, photogravure, profile head, Royal Mail Archive, seahorses, stamp design, stamp designs, stamps
The fourth in a series of philatelic postcards promoting London 2010: Festival of Stamps has now been issued. Postcard #4 features the original metal master die for Bertram Mackennal’s ‘Seahorse’ design with three colour trials, one of the treasures of the British Postal Museum & Archive’s philatelic collection. The postcard comes free with the February 2010 issue of Stamp & Coin Mart magazine sold in WH Smith from 8 January 2010.
Original metal master die for Seahorse design with colour trials (September 1912). As the Union Flag on the shield was heraldically inaccurate, the flag was removed from the transfer roller and re-engraved on each master die for the different values.
Postcard #4 is exclusive to Stamp & Coin Mart, but postcards #2 and #3 can be obtained free of charge by visiting our Archive Search Room. Postcard #1 is no longer available, but limited edition complete sets of London 2010 postcards will be available for purchase later in the year.
The ‘Seahorse’ high value definitives were some of the most iconic stamps produced during the reign of George V. A noted philatelist, George V, took great interest in the production of the ‘Seahorse’ definitives and suggested they be recess (intaglio) printed. The ‘Seahorse’ stamps are just one of the postal treasures and innovations from the reign of King George V that will feature in the exhibition Empire Mail: George V and the GPO, at Guildhall Art Gallery from 7 May – 25 July 2010.
For more on London 2010: Festival of Stamps visit http://www.london2010.org.uk/.
BPMA Curator of Philately Douglas Muir will be speaking on the stamp, medal and coinage designs of Bertram Mackennal at the BPMA on 7 October 2010. See our website for details.
Posted in London 2010, Philatelic, Talks
Tagged Bertram Mackennal, colour trials, Douglas Muir, Empire Mail, George V, Guildhall Art Gallery, high value definitives, intaglio printing, London 2010: Festival of Stamps, Philatelic, postage stamps, postcards, recess printing, seahorses, Stamp & Coin Mart, stamp collection, stamps, The British Postal Museum & Archive, Union Flag, WH Smith