The new postage stamps - to be issued July 7 - were recently announced by the British Postmaster General.
The new postage stamps - to be issued July 7 - were recently announced by the British Postmaster General. They will mark the tercentenary of the Charles II Act establishing the General Letter Office, now known as the General Post Office. Our cameraman was at the G.P.O. Training Centre, London, June 29, when the stamps were on show.
The new 3d stamp, printed in violet, is double the size of a normal stamp and illustrates a post boy of 1660 on horseback, sounding his horn. A struck of mail is behind him on the saddle. The 1s 3d is of upright format - only the second British commemorative stamp in this shape. It shows a portrait of the Queen in the upper half; the lower half has a motif of acorns and oak leaves surrounding a crown and a post horn of 1660.
Exhibition organizers have already published a pictorial souvenir envelope for use with the new stamps. Its design symbolizes the act of 1660 and the history of the Post Office over the succeeding 300 years.