George VI stamps
Our collections contain all of the artwork (adopted and unadopted) and essays for the definitive and commemorative stamp issues of George VI’s reign.
Many commemoratives were issued during the reign of George VI, as well as commemorative postmarks for Princess Elizabeth's wedding and a special Channel Islands liberation stamp.
Of particular interest are three stamp issues which never came to fruition. The most important was a proposed issue for the union of France and Great Britain in 1940; this collapsed with the fall of France. In the collections is the entire history of designs and essays up to late June 1940.
Other proposed issues included Regional stamps and an issue for the birth of the King's first grandchild (Prince Charles).
We also hold artwork, essays, or proofs, and registration sheets for all stamps issued in sheets, books and rolls. There are also sheets of overprinted stamps for:
- Morocco Agencies
- Wartime occupations
- The Gulf after India became independent
The best way to see all our philatelic and postal history collections is by appointment with the Senior Curator, Philately, Douglas Muir. To make an appointment, please call 020 7239 2570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Post Office felt the wedding of Princess Elizabeth was worthy of new stamps. But it also felt there was insufficient time to prepare an issue.
The story of a proposed issue to celebrate the birth of King George VI's first grandchild (Prince Charles).