In March 2014 Royal Mail celebrates another selection of remarkable individuals from the realms of sport, design, economics, heroism and the arts. The set commemorates individuals who were born in 1914.
Royal Mail's Christmas-period press release showed only the Sir Alec Guiness stamp, but also from the stage and films the set includes Kenneth More and Joan Littlewood, and from broadcasting Roy Plomley, famous for creating the still-running radio programme Desert Island Discs. Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and football player and manager Joe Mercer are also included.
Less well known are economist and broadcaster Barbara Ward, molecular biologist and Nobel laureate Max Perutz, Special Operations Executive agent Noorunissa Inayat Khan executed by the Gestapo at the age of 30, and graphic designer Abram Games who designed the Festival of Britain emblem, amongst many other posters.
The 10 black and white stamps will be 35mm square and printed in litho by International Security Printers and issued on 25 March. The set will be printed in two sheets of 25 stamps enabling collectors and users to buy multiples of a single design.
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