Andy Murray’s Historic Wimbledon Win
Royal Mail is to mark Andy Murray’s historic win in the Gentlemen’s Singles final at Wimbledon with a set of Special StampsAndy is the first Briton, since Fred Perry 77 years ago, to win the Gentlemen’s Singles title
On sale from 8 August, the stamps can be pre-ordered online at www.royalmail.com/tennis and by phone on 08457 641 641. They will be available in more than 10,000 Post Offices throughout the UK from 8 August.
The issue will consist of four stamps featuring different images, all printed within a miniature sheet, and will retail at £3.76This is the second time Andy has appeared on Royal Mail stamps. His win in the Tennis Men’s Singles at the London 2012 Olympic Games was celebrated with a Gold Medal stampOnly a handful of Special Stamp issues have been produced to mark unique moments in British sporting history.
The issue features different images of Murray on four stamps, all printed within a miniature sheet. Two stamps show him with the trophy (one at 1st Class rate and one at the £1.28 overseas letter rate) and two are action shots from the final (one at 1st Class rate and one at the £1.28 overseas letter rate).The miniature sheet will retail at £3.76.
Technical Details-Printer: International Security Printers Process: lithography Minisheet size: 192mm x 74mm Format: landscape Stamp size: 60mm x 30mm Perforations: 14.5 x 14.5 Phosphor: bars as appropriateGum: PVA
British Auto Legends
British Auto Legends celebrates some of the most stylish and ‘cool’ British motor vehicles revered throughout the world. 2013 sees the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Royce, motoring and aviation pioneer who founded Rolls-Royce with Charles Stewart Rolls. It is also the centenary of the founding of Aston Martin.
Technical details: Issue date: 13 August 2013 Number of Stamps: Six Design: Why Not Associates Stamp Format: Landscape Stamp Size: 60mm x 21mm Printer: Cartor Security Printing, Meaucé, France Print Process: Lithography Number per Sheet: 30/60 Perforations: 14.5 x 14.5 Phosphor: All over Gum: PV A
1st Class Morris Minor Van Royal Mail 1st Class Austin FX4 London Taxi 1st Class Ford Anglia Police 1st Class Land Rover Coastguard
1st Class Jaguar E-Type 1961 1st Class Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow 1965 1st Class Aston Martin DB5 1963 £1.28 MG MGB 1962 £1.28 Morgan Plus 8 1968 £1.28 Lotus Esprit 1976 British Auto Legends British Auto Legends – The Thoroughbreds
The stamp issue explores two kinds of legendary cars – the thoroughbreds from the 1960s and 70s, many of which feature in experts’ lists of the greatest cars of all time, which are complemented by four British workhorses – all classic and iconic vehicles. Superb examples of the six thoroughbreds were located in virtually factory fresh conditions, and all were photographed by the expert car photographer James Mann, involving specialist lighting and set up to capture the classic lines of the vehicles. One of these workhorses, the Morris Minor van in Royal Mail livery, is the contribution to the PostEurop theme of 2013 (the Post Van). For a country of such small geographical stature, Great Britain’s role in shaping the history of the automobile cannot be underestimated. From the kernel of the ‘horseless carriage’, grew an industry that once accounted for a quarter of the world’s car production and almost
half of all vehicle exports. Today, car manufacturing remains a significant part of the British economy with several marques currently enjoying record sales. However, the road to prominence was littered with potholes. An astonishing 221 firms entered the industry between 1901 and 1905. From this jumping off point, the British motor industry began to flourish, with the likes of Herbert Austin and William Morris applying mass production techniques as they bid to bring motoring to the masses. However, it was only after the end of Second World War that the UK truly became a car manufacturing powerhouse. Initially afflicted by shortages of raw materials, the British motor industry soon found its feet as governmental controls channelled the supply of steel to firms that exported 50 per centlater 75 per cent – of production. The term ‘Export or Die’ was seared into the collective consciousness. By contrast, France, Italy and Germany’s motor industries had suffered grievously and took considerably longer to recover from the conflict. British firms were all too happy to exploit this situation and export sales surged with demand in Europe, as well as North America, resulting in record production figures. Add in commonwealth countries where there was a ready-made market and it is little wonder that the British motor industry was in the driving seat. Unfortunately, this situation could not last. A mixture of political intrigue, shotgun weddings between former rivals and union unrest served to bring the industry to its knees. Sell-offs and plant closures would become watchwords in decades to come, culminating in the collapse of MG Rover in 2005. Yet for all the pain and pratfalls, the British motor industry continued to build landmark classics while also creating and exploiting niche markets – this is the nation that invented the sports car after all. Today, there are just seven volume
producers and they are all foreign owned. Nevertheless, these and other, smaller manufacturers continue to build cars that appeal on the global stage; brands that marry style with ingenuity and quality with refinement.(Source-Royal Mail)