|Object Type:||Stationery/Office Items|
|Object Name:||Marconi Stamps (mint)|
|Manufacturer:||Marconi Electronic Systems|
|Year of Manufacture:||1995|
|Location:||Memorabilia Drawer 1|
Royal Mail Mint Stamps
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."
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.
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.
A mint set of postage stamps commemorating Marconi and the Marconi Company.