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George VI - The First Definitives, 1937

The first definitive stamps of King George VI were drawn from a number of portraits by court photographer Bertram Park. Edmund Dulac used the portraits to inspire a plaster relief of the head of King George VI, which became  the basis of the effigy on all his definitives. 210 more words


Coronation chicken!

We were having a little WordPress chat, a friend and I, and coronation chicken came up in the conversation. What a blast from the past. After we’d spoken of it I realised I wasn’t sure exactly what it was… cold chicken with curried mayonnaise, or am I muddling it with something else. 286 more words


"The King's Speech", the book

On the 20th September, I sat down on the train to Birmingham and started to read this book. I had bought it the day before, at Waterstone’s, as second-hand, and simply because I am probably one of the few people in the world, who still have not seen the film. 1,444 more words

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George VI - The Coronation, 1937

The Coronation of King Edward VIII was planned for 12 May 1937, with a new set of coronation stamps to be issued. After Edward’s abdication on 11 December 1936, the Post Office were under pressure to produce two new issues for King George VI – a new definitive set,  and an issue to celebrate his Coronation on 12 May. 273 more words


I Said to the Man who Stood at the Gate of the Year

“I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year”, these words came into the national consciousness when they were spoken by… 204 more words

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