Marconi Stamps (mint)

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1268
Category: General Purpose
Object Type: Stationery/Office Items
Object Name: Marconi Stamps (mint)
Part No: None
Serial No: None
Manufacturer: Marconi Electronic Systems
Division: Not Applicable
Platform(s):
Year of Manufacture: 1995
Dimensions:
Width (mm):
217 
Height (mm):
114 
Depth (mm):
Weight (g):
25 
Location: Memorabilia Drawer 1
Inscription(s):

Royal Mail Mint Stamps
Communications
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Sir Rowland Hill (1795-1879)
William Ewart Gladstone's tribute shortly before Hill's funeral and burial in Westminster Abbey:
"...his great plan ran like wildfire through the civilised world; never, perhaps was a local invention and improvement applied in the lifetime of its author to the advantages of such vast multitudes of his fellow creatures."
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Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937)
News of Marconi's death was carried to all parts of the world by radio. Of all the tributes that followed - and there were many - the greatest and most impressive was the closing down for two minutes of wireless stations throughout the world. The 'ether' was as quiet as it ever had been before Marconi.
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The portraits on the stamps have been hand engraved by Czeslaw Slania., the world's foremost stamp engraver. These features (and the lettering) have been printed by the intaglio (recess) process - essentially the same method used 155 years ago for the printing of the penny black.

Notes:

A mint set of postage stamps commemorating Marconi and the Marconi Company.

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