Sunday, 29 April 2012
International stamp exhibition 1980
In 1980 there was an International Stamp Exhibition in London and the Royal Mail issued the 50p stamp shown on this card to commemorate the event. It seems to show most of the interesting buildings in London, pretty much superimposed and taking liberties with scale. Tower Bridge seems to be dwarfed by Big Ben and St Paul's Cathedral. In those days 50p was a considerable amount, on Monday it will be enough only to send a second class letter within the UK.
They must have been building it up for some time because apparently stamps were issued in 1978 and 1979 as a lead up. There is no telling that this was the intention from the cards or stamps alone, as I have, but the miniature sheets did mention the exhibition. The 1978 set showed historic buildings.
I have three of this set of cards with the individual stamps on each and postmarked First Day of Issue. I'm not sure where Hampton Court has disappeared to but maybe I've just misplaced it.
The 1979 set were the Rowland Hill set, one of which I've shown previously.
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