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A History of Britain in Thirty-six Postage Stamps

A History of Britain in Thirty-six Postage Stamps

Chris West

Picador

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Stamps tell a story-and Chris West's book is the unique, fascinating tale of Great Britain told through its stamps.

Hailed by The Times of London as "a splendid reminder of the philatelic glories of the past," A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps tells the rich, layered, and breathtaking history of England through thirty-six of its fascinating, often beautiful, and sometimes eccentric postage stamps. West shows that stamps have always mirrored the events, attitudes, and styles of their time. Through them, one can glimpse the whole epic tale of an empire unfolding. From the famous Penny Black, printed soon after Queen Victoria's coronation, to the Victory! stamp of 1946, anticipating the struggle of postwar reconstruction-A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps is a hugely entertaining and idiosyncratic romp, told in Chris West's lively prose.

On their own, stamps can be curiosities, even artistic marvels; in this book, stamps become a window into the larger sweep of history.

CHAPTER ONE

IN THE BEGINNING

PENNY BLACK, 1840


THE PENNY BLACK is the world's first postage stamp. Fittingly it bears the image of a new, young monarch: this chapter is about beginnings.
The young woman on...

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Chris West

CHRIS WEST has written widely in a variety of genres. His titles include a bestselling business guide and a quartet of crime novels. He inherited a love of history from his father and an Edwardian "Lincoln" stamp album from his great-uncle as a child. His love for stamps was revived when he found that same dust-covered album in his attic as an adult. He lives in Cambridgeshire, London.

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Chris West

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