The Great Britons stamp set for 2013 will mark a number of different birth anniversaries of key Britons. The 10 x 1st class stamps will be issued on 16 April.
These mixed anniversary stamps are always popular, with different collectors focussing on different stamps as well as those who buy the whole set. The format enables Royal Mail to feature many individuals who otherwise would not be included in the stamp programme.
Commemorated this year are:
Photographer Norman Parkinson (born 1913);
Actress Vivien Leigh (born in 1913) famous for her portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind;
Actor Peter Cushing (born 1913) one of the screen’s best known Sherlock Holmes, but also famed for playing Baron Frankenstein and Dracula’s nemesis Van Helsing in several Hammer Horrors, Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars and Dr Who in two cinema films in the 1960s amongst many other roles;
David Lloyd George (born 1863) the politician and wartime Prime Minister;
Elizabeth David (born 1913) food and drink writer who
revolutionised what we eat with her books that introduced French and
Italian cooking to post-war Britain;
John Archer (born 1863) the first Briton of Afro-Caribbean origin to hold public office in the UK;
Benjamin Britten (born 1913) composer of Peter Grimes, Billy Budd and the War Requiem; There are some major events planned for Britten in 2013.
Mary Leakey (born 1913) the archaeologist and anthropologist who discovered some of the earliest hominid remains at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania;
Bill Shankly (born 1913) Scottish footballer and manager;
Broadcaster Richard Dimbleby who was also born in 1913.
The 35mm square stamps were designed by Together Design and will be printed by Cartor Security Printers in lithography. A presentation pack, first day cover and 10 stamp cards will be produced.
The stamps will be issued in two sheets of 25 stamps each, enabling customers to buy vertical strips of 5 different stamps.
Special postmarks for this issue are on our website.