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Medical Breakthroughs

Today Royal Mail has issued a new set of stamps commemorating British achievement in medical research and technology. There has been a long tradition of cutting-edge medical research in the United Kingdom and several previous stamp issues have focused on this topic; these new stamps mark achievements since the Victorian era.

The six stamps are as follows:

Medical Breakthroughs stamp issue (designer: Howard Brown)

Medical Breakthroughs stamp issue (designer: Howard Brown)

1st (First Class inland letter rate): Heart-regulating beta-blockers synthesised by Sir James Black 1962

58p (Basic Rate World Wide Surface): Antibiotic properties of penicillin discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming 1928

60p (Europe up to 20gm): Total hip replacement operation pioneered by Sir John Charnley 1962

67p (Basic airmail rate up to 10gm): Artificial lens implant surgery pioneered by Sir Harold Ridley 1949

88p (Europe up to 40 gm): Malaria parasite transmitted by mosquitoes proved by Sir Ronald Ross 1897

97p (Rest of World airmail up to 20gm) Computed tomography scanner invented by Sir Godfrey Hounsfield 1971

Penicillin notatum from British Discovery and Invention issue, 1967 (designer: Clive Abbott)

Penicillin notatum from British Discovery and Invention issue, 1967 (designer: Clive Abbott)

Penicillin mould (Fleming’s discovery of penicillin) from Millenium Series. The Patients’ Tale issue, 1999 (designer: Mike Dempsey)

Penicillin mould (Fleming’s discovery of penicillin) from Millenium Series. The Patients’ Tale issue, 1999 (designer: Mike Dempsey)

As with many previous science-themed issues, designer Howard Brown has used scans, x-rays and microscopy images to illustrate the themes of these stamps. They compliment issues such as 150th Anniversary of Royal Microscopical Society and Medical Discoveries, as well as the two previous stamps which commemorated the discovery of penicillin.

150th Anniversary of Royal Microscopical Society issue, 1989 (designer: Keith Bassford)

150th Anniversary of Royal Microscopical Society issue, 1989 (designer: Keith Bassford)

Europa. Medical Discoveries issue, 1994 (designers: Pierre Vermeir and Jean-Paul Tibbles)

Europa. Medical Discoveries issue, 1994 (designers: Pierre Vermeir and Jean-Paul Tibbles)

A full range of Medical Breakthroughs products are available from Royal Mail Stamps & Collecting.

Autumn Stampex 2010

 by Jennifer Flippance, 2010 Exhibitions & Project Manager

Stampex at the Business Design Centre

Stampex at the Business Design Centre

If your interest in stamps and postal history has been piqued by our blog posts or any the events that have taken place this year as part of the London 2010: Festival of Stamps, why not go along to Stampex next week.

Stampex takes place twice a year at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. It’s free and 2010 Autumn Stampex is on 15-18th September.

There are many dealers’ stands, including a substantial presence from Royal Mail. Get the new stamps (Medical Breakthroughs) from their first day of issue on Thursday and from Friday you can get brand new pictorial Post & Go stamps. Don’t miss the instant Smiler booth.

I like to stock up on attractive commemorative stamps I’ve missed during the year to use on my own post. It’s always much nicer for someone to receive a special stamp.

Competitive stamp displays at Stampex

Competitive stamp displays at Stampex

Everyone who attends Stampex gets a free postcard and the opportunity to buy other special products only available at the show. There are also displays from the National Competitions of the Association of British Philatelic Societies.

The BPMA Friends will be manning a stand as usual. Pop over to say hello and pick up the brand new free 2010 postcard featuring George V. We’ll also have a selection of our postal themed products on sale, including the popular new Post Offices book by Julian Stray.

Kids auction at Stampex

Kids auction

One of my favourite parts is the children’s auction on Saturday, which is always great fun to watch. Any young philatelists who come along get the chance to collect points by doing activities and these can then be spent at the auction on stamps. There’s always a lot of tactical bidding!

For more details including directions and opening times see – http://www.stampex.ltd.uk/