Showing posts with label Black History. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Black History. Show all posts

12 July 2021

New: Empire Windrush Stamp

Empire Windrush: 22 June 2021 

A new stamp commemorating the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, Essex, UK in 1948, was issued on 22 June 2021. The Empire Windrush marked the start of the post-war immigration boom which was to change British society. Windrush carried 492 black migrants who were coming to a country promising prosperity and employment.

CILP Empire Windrush stamp

Their influence and contribution have been overlooked far too long and this is an effort to redress the historical balance. This design is a period photo of the stern of the ship docked at Tilbury with passengers crowding the rails waving at the camera. 

A variant was also be released that was a result of a simple commercial printer's error (same error as Earth Day stamp issued earlier in the year), but were too good to scrap. The information line at the bottom of the stamp has been omitted on 11 sheets. These will be used as normal alongside the 'correct' design.

No first day covers or cards issued for this stamp.

Available from our agent, Alpha Thematics on Ebid UK.

19 May 2021

New: International Nurses Day Stamp

 International Nurses Day: 12 May 2021

May 12th saw the release of a new 'Express' rate stamp celebrating nurses worldwide on their annual international day. This celebration is even more poignant this year with the current Covid-19 pandemic. The stamp features Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. 

Canvey Post International Nurses Day stamp

Mary was a black contemporary of Florence and arguably of greater influence on establishing and promoting professional nursing in the UK. She has gone unsung for too many years and this stamp is a small attempt to redress the historical balance. 

No first day covers or postcards issued for this stamp.

Stamps will be available to collectors from our usual agent at Alpha Thematics on Ebid UK, and periodically on eBay UK.