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08 May 2020

End of World War II 75th Anniversary

Great Britain: The End of World War II 75th Anniversary, 8 May 2020. Images from Royal Mail.

Technical Specifications:

Stamp format: Landscape
Stamp size: 41mm x 30mm
Design: Hat-trick Design
Photo colourisation: Royston Leonard
Number per sheet: 60
Printer: International Security Printers
Print process: Lithography
Perforations: 14.5 x 14
Phosphor Bars as appropriate
Gum: PVA

A collection of eight Special Stamps featuring evocative photographs capturing the relief and jubilation that followed the formal end of the Second World War in 1945.

The original black and white photographs have been expertly reproduced in colour for the first time.

Two Second Class stamps, two First Class stamps, two £1.42 stamps and two £1.63 stamps presented in four vertical se-tenant pairs.

Second Class: A serviceman returns home to South Devon

Second Class: Jubilant nurses celebrate VE Day in Liverpool.

First Class: Ecstatic crowds gather in London’s Piccadilly on VE Day.

First Class: Evacuees return home to London after a wartime stay in Leicester.

£1.42: Troops march through London’s Oxford Street during a parade for the Victory Over Japan exhibition.

£1.42: Soldiers and sailors leave a demobilisation centre carrying their civilian clothes in boxes.

£1.63: Allied prisoners of war at Aomori Camp near Yokohama, Japan cheer their rescuers.

£1.63: A member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRENS) proposes a toast during VE Day celebrations in Glasgow.

Miniature Sheet:

Technical Specifications:

Stamp format: Landscape
Stamp size: 60mm x 30mm
Miniature Sheet size: 192mm x 74mm
Design: Hat-trick Design
Printer: International Security Printers
Print process: Lithography
Perforations: 14.5 x 14.5
Phosphor Bars as appropriate
Gum: PVA

This commemorative Miniature Sheet focuses on memorials honouring servicemen and women who gave their lives to serve their country, as well as victims of the Holocaust.

Four stamps feature memorials in Jerusalem and Rangoon, as well as Runnymede and Plymouth in the UK, on a Miniature Sheet carrier bearing the title in stone carved lettering.

Two First Class and two £1.63 stamps.

First Class: Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel

First Class: Runnymede Memorial, UK

£1.63: Plymouth Naval Memorial, UK

£1.63: Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar

Presentation Pack:

A collectible keepsake packed with stamps, stories and photographs exploring the events that shaped the outcome of the Second World War and led to the declaration of victory.

The End of the Second World War Presentation Pack brings together all eight Special Stamps and the Miniature Sheet in a separate carrier.

A beautifully illustrated fold-out pack explores the events leading up to, and following the end of the war.

First Day Covers:

All eight End of the Second World War Special Stamps cancelled with the postmark, name and address of your choice. There are also First Day Covers available for the Miniature Sheet as well as the exclusive Definitive pane from the Prestige Booklet.

The 8 May 2020 postmark represents the day, exactly 75 years ago, that the Allies formally accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany’s armed forces.

Your First Day Cover envelope features an image of ground staff celebrating at an RAF station.

An illustrated information card shares the background to the events leading up to the end of the Second World War, along with stamp specifications and acknowledgements.

The Tallents House postmark features an illustration of St Paul’s Cathedral, which was illuminated by searchlights in the night sky on 8 May 1945 to mark victory.

London, SW1 has been chosen as the alternative postmark location in reference to Buckingham Palace, where the iconic VE balcony photograph was taken, and Downing Street, where Winston Churchill delivered his radio broadcast announcing the end of the war.

Prestige Stamp Booklet:

A remarkable collectible packed with photographs, stamps and stories exploring the events that shaped the outcome of the Second World War and led to the declaration of victory.

This 24-page fact-packed publication includes detailed accounts of key moments, including the Battle of the Bulge and the defeat of Japan.

The Prestige Stamp Book features evocative photographs expertly reproduced in full colour for the first time.

It contains all eight End of the Second World War Special Stamps, the Miniature Sheet and the collection’s exclusive Definitive pane.

PHQ Cards:

This collection includes all eight Special Stamps postcards with original black and white photographs expertly reproduced in colour for the first time.

The four Miniature Sheet stamps feature memorials honouring servicemen and women who gave their lives to serve their country, as well as victims of the Holocaust.

A composite Miniature Sheet postcard includes the four memorials alongside the title In Remembrance: End of the Second World War in stone carved lettering.

Perfect for collecting, sending or framing.

Miniature Sheet uncut press sheet

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