Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks
150th Anniversary of London Underground - 9 January 2013
Royal Mail celebrates the start of its 2013
stamp programme with ten new stamps to mark the 150th anniversary of the
London Underground – the oldest underground railway network in the world.
The stamps will be issued on 9 January – exactly 150 years after the opening
in 1863 of the first part of what was to become London’s Underground, the
steam-driven Metropolitan Railway running between Paddington Station and
Farringdon Street via Kings Cross.
2nd class - the
Metropolitan Railway; railway tunnelling
1st class - Edwardian
Piccadilly Line’s Boston Manor Station
£1.28 - Classic
stock in 1938; Canary Wharf Station 1999
|The stamps in the miniature sheet show railway advertising
The values are 1st class, 77p, 87p & £1.28
Larger images of individual stamps can be seen on
|The retail booklet of 6 stamps
includes the new 1st class red Machin definitive, expected to have
source code MCND, and two 1st class stamps from the London
It seems a pity that both show the Boston Manor station, rather than
one showing the Edwardian Commuters. The special stamps are
against a background showing part of Harry Beck's London Underground
In the first half of the 19th century a number of railway termini were built
in London, but the only way to connect them was by road - and journey times
by horse drawn cab through London’s congested streets were extremely
time-consuming. The solution was an underground railway. Initially
operated by private railway companies, the network expanded to the suburbs.
In 1890 the first deep level, electrically operated railway was opened
between Stockwell and the city. The new deep cut tunnels earned the network
the nickname of ‘the Tube’, which has stuck ever since. Today the tube
covers 402 kilometres of track, serves 270 stations and carries 1.2 billion
passengers per year.
Aside from being the world’s first urban metro system London Underground has
a significant design heritage both in terms of its rolling stock and station
architecture, the graphic design of its posters and Harry Beck’s iconic tube
map – and updated version of which was featured in 2009’s British Design
Classics issue. The six sheet stamps designed by Hat-Trick Design show a
timeline of the development of the London Underground from the first steam
driven Metropolitan Line service to the most modern Jubilee Line Station,
Canary Wharf, designed by Sir Norman Foster. The iconography of the issue
includes illustration and photography that show both construction, stations
and rolling stock. Unifying the issue is the timeline across the lower
quarter of the stamps using different livery colours taken from London
The Miniature Sheet focuses on the design heritage of London Underground
Posters. Designed by NB Studios the four stamps use the long format to each
show three iconic London Underground posters. Many poster designers used for
London Underground also produced iconic work for the Post Office; such as
Tom Eckersley, Edward McKnight-Kauffer and Abram Games.
The stamps in detail
2nd Class - 1863 Metropolitan Railway Opens
A contemporary lithograph of a steam locomotive on the Metropolitan line
near Paddington Station.
2nd Class – 1898 Tunnelling Below London Streets
Railway construction workers, known as Navvies, shown excavating a ‘deep
cut’ tube tunnel.
1st Class – 1911 Commute from the Suburbs
A carriage of Edwardian ladies and gentlemen illustrated on their commute
to work from the suburbs.
1st Class – 1934 Boston Manor Art Deco Station
Suburban expansion of the Piccadilly Lines in the 1920s and 30s led to the
construction of many iconic art deco stations.
£1.28 – 1938 Classic Rolling Stock
The classic trains introduced on the tube’s deep cut lines in 1938 became
a London icon.
£1.28 – 1999 Jubilee Line at Canary Wharf
Designed by Sir Norman Foster Canary Wharf Station is one of the most
recent additions to the Underground network.
1st Class London Underground Posters
Reproductions of three classic London Underground Posters: Golders Green
(1908) by an unknown artist 1908; By Underground to fresh air (1915) by
Maxwell Armfield; Summer Sales (1925) by Mary Koop.
77p London Underground Posters
Reproductions of three classic London Underground Posters: For the Zoo
(1921) by Charles Paine; Power (1931) by Edward McKnight-Kauffer and The
seen (1948) by James Fitton.
87p London Underground Posters
Reproductions of three classic London Underground Posters: A train every
90 seconds (1937) by Abram Games; Thanks to the Underground (1935) by Zero
(Hans Schleger) and Cut travelling time, Victoria Line (1969) by Tom
£1.28 London Underground Posters
Reproductions of three classic London Underground Posters: The London
Transport Collection (1975) by Tom Eckersley; London Zoo (1976) by Abram
Games and The Tate Gallery by Tube (1987) by David Booth (Fine White Line
The 35 mm square stamps were designed by Hat Trick Design, perf 14½.
The 183 x 74mm Miniature Sheet was designed by NB Solutions The
stamps 60 x 30mm stamps are perf 14½, Both the stamp set and the MS are
printed by Cartor Security Printing, Meaucé, France, in
lithography. We expect that the booklet will be printed by
Walsall Security Printers. All stamp images ©
for London and Royal Mail ©2013.
Products issued - we will be stocking the booklet only and will prepare
some FDCs for this new Machin definitive.
Set of 6 stamps, miniature sheet, retail booklet
Presentation Pack containing set and miniature sheet
Set of 11 stamp cards
Two First Day Covers
Special first day of issue postmarks will be shown here. These
cannot be obtained the date of issue; more may be added. Not
Official Bureau postmark
London W2 official first day of issue postmark
London non-pictorial official first day of issue postmark (should be
Celebrating 150 Years of London Underground, London
London Underground, London
|Ref L12768 150th Anniversary, London
Underground, GBFDC Association, Tower Hill, London
|Ref L12772 London Underground,
Wellington Street, London
|Ref L12769 London Transport Museum,
Covent Garden Piazza, London
|Ref L12770 London Underground 150,
Farringdon, London EC1
|Ref L12771 London Underground 150,
Paddington, London W2
|Ref L12775 London Underground, London
|Ref L12774 London Underground, London
|Ref L12776 London Underground, London
|Ref M12779 London Underground,
Liverpool Street, Birmingham
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