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A Timeless Classic - The Evolution of Machin's Icon
Tracing the evolution of Machin’s definitive stamp design from conception to British icon.
A Timeless Classic: The Evolution of Machin’s icon looks at the history behind the first stamp issued with the now classic image of Queen Elizabeth II created by Arnold Machin. An icon of monarchy and of Britain, the image has been reproduced more than 200 billion times.
Here Douglas N. Muir, Curator of Philately at the BPMA, traces the evolution of the design from work on coins; describing the revolution in British stamp design in the 1960s of which the Machin design was the culmination. This important study is based on new research and a wealth of illustrations never seen before.
Highlights of A Timeless Classic: The evolution of Machin’s icon include a foreword by Tony Benn (Postmaster General 1964–66), who instigated the revolution in British stamp design in the mid 1960s. There is an introduction by David Gentleman, the foremost stamp designer of the period and collaborator with Benn in the design revolution; and finally a personal note from a memoir by Francis Machin, Arnold Machin’s son.
The book ties in with the BPMA exhibition A Timeless Classic which you can view online.