United Kingdom 2013 "Great Britons"
||Michel: Scott: Stanley
Gibbons: Yvert: UPU: GB025.10
|Stamps in set
|| 1st class - Normal Parkinson,
1st class - Vivien Leigh, Actress
1st class - Peter Cushing Actor
1st class - David lloyod George, Politic
1st class - Elizabeth David, Writer
1st class - John Archer London Mayor
1st class - Benjamin Britten classical composers
1st class - Mary
Leakey archaeologist and anthropologist
1st class - Bill Shankly footballer and manager
1st class - Richard Dimbleby BBC flagship
|Size (width x height)
||stripe of 10 stamps 5x2 ; sheets of 25/50
||FDC x 1 PP x1
||14.5 x 14.5
||Cartor Security Printing
Following in the distinguished footsteps of Eminent Britons
in 2009 and Britons
in 2012, the Royal Mail is delighted to
introduce the Great Britons Special issue, celebrating the
anniversaries of ten more people who not only achieved greatness in
their lifetimes, but also left behind a lasting legacy.
Entitled Great Britons, the stamp issue celebrates individuals across
sport, journalism, music, politics and the arts whose anniversaries of
birth or outstanding achievement fall in 2013.
As ever, while the esteemed subjects of stamps come from many different
fields of endeavor, they are united by a shared drive and
determination, each one was a colossus of their time and made a
significant difference to the world we know today.
Andrew Hammond, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: We are delighted
to be honouring some of the UKs most distinguished figures in history
through our latest Special Stamp collection. We hope the stamps will
serve as a lasting tribute to their memory and once again encourage
people to remember their significant contribution to our great British
way of life.
One of the persons who is commemorated on these stamps is Mary Leakey
(6 February 1913 9 December 1996) - an eminent
archaeologist and anthropologist, Leakeys discoveries were so
significant that they forced scientists to radically change many
long-held views about human evolution.
She was the one who discovered the
first fossilized Proconsul skull, an
extinct ape now believed to be ancestral to humans.
She also discovered
the robust Zinjanthropus skull at Olduvai Gorge. For much of her career
she worked together with her husband, Louis Leakey, in Olduvai Gorge,
uncovering the tools and fossils of ancient hominines. She developed a
system for classifying the stone tools found at Olduvai. She also
discovered the Laetoli footprints. It was here, at the Laetoli site,
that she discovered Hominin fossils that were more than 3.75
million-years-old. She also discovered fifteen new species of other
animals, and one new genus.
In 1960 she became director of excavation at Olduvai and subsequently
took it over, building her own staff. After the death of her husband,
she became a leading palaeoanthropologist, helping to establish the
Leakey tradition in the field. Mary died on 9 December 1996 at the age
of 83, a renowned paleoanthropologist, who had not only conducted
significant research of her own, but had been invaluable to the
research careers of her husband, Louis Leakey, and their sons, Richard,
Philip, and Jonathan.
Another persons depicting on the stamps are:
Born Ronald William Parkinson Smith, he was one of the worlds most
celebrated portrait and fashion photographers: a perfectionist
celebrated for his action realism style
Leigh was an English actress who won Oscars for her powerful and iconic
performances as Scarlett OHara in Gone With the Wind and Blanche DuBois
in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Peter Wilton Cushing was a British character actor who played a number
of highly memorable roles including Professor Van Helsing, Grand Moff
Tarkin and Sherlock Holmes.
Lloyd George was Prime Minister from 1916 to 1922 and was one of the
true radicals in politics. Although born in Manchester, he was the
first and only Welshman to hold the office of PM.
While studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, David developed a love of fine
cuisine, which she shared with austere, post-war Britain through a
series of groundbreaking cookbooks.
Born in Liverpool of Barbadian descent, John Archer was a prize-winning
photographer who further distinguished himself by becoming the first
ever Afro-Caribbean London Mayor.
One of the UKs finest ever classical composers. His works include a
number of operas as well as the War Requiem, first performed at the
consecration of the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral.
Bill Shankly was a Scottish footballer and manager who achieved his
greatest successes at Liverpool FC, with whom he won three First
Division titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup.
Widely acknowledged as one of the most respected figures in British
broadcasting history, Dimbleby was the anchor of the BBC flagship
programme Panorama from 1955 until 1965
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