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Guthrum
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17 Jun 2015
06:40:09pm
Off tomorrow to get a set of the Waterloo bicentenary stamps, a set of six 19th century battle scenes in wide landscape format which look rather distinguished. No squares there, hollow or otherwise! (Sorry, that's an in-house reference to an earlier thread you've probably forgotten by now...)

Also impressed by the Jersey Battle of Britain set, with designs based on the poster art of the 1940s - a welcome change from the rather worthy b/w photographs that have become such a cliché in WW2 commemoratives. Well done, 'Hat-Trick Design', whoever you are, and there's even an engraved Churchill MS to go with them!

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Ningpo
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17 Jun 2015
08:12:44pm
re: GB Stamps Quite Impressive Shock!

Looking at these Jersey issues, is to me, like listening to a new album for the first time; they might grow on me.

As for the Magna Carta set, well, my first thought was 'car window stickers'. Oh dear!

http://www.jerseystamps.com/

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Ningpo
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17 Jun 2015
08:32:35pm
re: GB Stamps Quite Impressive Shock!

Here's the miniature sheet of the Battle of Waterloo Bicentenary issue. I've cropped out the awful barcode graffiti:


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Perhaps Guthram might post an image of the set of 6 'long format' stamps when he gets them;

1st class x2:
Defence of Hougeoumont Farm.
Scots Greys at the charge of the Union Brigade.

£1.00 x2:
Massed ranks of French cavalry (Cuirassiers) charge and repulsed by British infantry squares.
La Hay Saint Farm defence by King’s German Legion.

£1.52 x2
Prussians arrive and capture of Plancenoit.
The final attack of the French Imperial Guards.

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sheepshanks
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17 Jun 2015
11:26:34pm
re: GB Stamps Quite Impressive Shock!

If anyone wants to see the stamps images are available here http://rmspecialstamps.com/##collection511

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Guthrum
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18 Jun 2015
10:57:13am
re: GB Stamps Quite Impressive Shock!

Here are the stamps in their cellophane 'presentation pack'. (You get the MS, too, on the back.) Not the best of scans, I dare say - probably would have done better to scan them off my latest copy of Gibbons Stamp Monthly, as I have done with the Jersey set I referred to, below this.

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malcolm197
18 Jun 2015
11:19:52am
re: GB Stamps Quite Impressive Shock!

Guthrum

Despite my disagreements with you previously and my well-known prejudice against "modern art" designs I do like the Jersey set, which do couple a modern(ish )treatment with the "utility" that I keep banging on about. There can be absolutely no doubt about what is being commemorated. I particularly like the treatment of the stamp showing the different countries involved on the allied side. A particularly difficult design subject very well executed.

Malcolm

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ernieinjax
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18 Jun 2015
05:12:06pm
re: GB Stamps Quite Impressive Shock!

I think the Jersey stamp on the bottom far left is quite courageous for this day and time. It seems to show the British insignia "overshadowing" or "overtaking" the Iron Cross. I like the stamp and I like the message but it just seems quite straight forward for this politically correct world that we live in today.
-Ernie

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Guthrum
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18 Jun 2015
06:58:03pm
re: GB Stamps Quite Impressive Shock!

The RAF roundel is overshadowing the Luftwaffe balkenkreuz. Such a simple antithesis would of course have been necessary for the wartime propaganda of those times, which is why it is reflected in these modern designs. The nice thing about them is that they are modern takes on 1940s-style posters and, as Malcolm says, they make their point directly. (Even if my scan renders some of the smaller print illegible!)



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Bobstamp
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18 Jun 2015
07:48:32pm
re: GB Stamps Quite Impressive Shock!

Those are all great stamps! I want them!

This one, pose, soldier, and all…

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reminds me strongly of Sean Bean in his role as Richard Sharpe in Sharpe's War, one of my favourite military dramas of all time (except for Foyle's War!

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Guthrum
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19 Jun 2015
02:30:38am
re: GB Stamps Quite Impressive Shock!

I too was (am) a Sharpe fan - didn't realise how closely his fictional "South Essex Battalion" uniform resembled that of the KGL (not being a Napoleonic buff). The one is obviously based on the other, and I wouldn't be surprised if the artist (Chris Collingwood) had at least a subliminal memory of the TV series when doing that particular stamp. If you like that style of illustration (and I do) you can see more at

http://www.chriscollingwood.co.uk/

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amsd
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19 Jun 2015
07:00:40am
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No, Ian, Sharpe's uniform IS that of a rifle regiment, specifically the 95th. Most of the other British regiments had traditional red with different colored facings, but rifle regiments were in green, although I remember seeing images of one of the rifle regiments, on a visit to the Americas, in a mix of King-issued and American adopted attire.

David

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Guthrum
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19 Jun 2015
08:46:02am
re: GB Stamps Quite Impressive Shock!

Thanks, David, for that - 'not a Napoleonic buff' indeed! It was, then, the battalion that was fictional, rather than the regiment and its uniform. There must be some topical enthusiasts who collect stamps illustrating the Napoleonic Wars, or maybe regimental uniforms from whatever period.

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DavidG
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19 Jun 2015
08:39:47pm
re: GB Stamps Quite Impressive Shock!

Ernie said:

"I think the Jersey stamp on the bottom far left is quite courageous for this day and time. It seems to show the British insignia "overshadowing" or "overtaking" the Iron Cross. "

I agree. And we did. And we prevailed. And we won.

David Giles
Ottawa, Canada

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Guthrum
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20 Jun 2015
06:55:07pm
re: GB Stamps Quite Impressive Shock!

And here is my newspaper's tribute either to the Waterloo stamps or to the bicentenary, with one of their double-page spreads, in which each stamp is magnified 4.4 times:

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The caption at top left reads: "Royal Mail has issued a series of stamps commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo which was fought 200 years ago today between Napoleon's army and a coalition of British, German and Prussian forces."

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cdj1122
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21 Jun 2015
09:53:17am
re: GB Stamps Quite Impressive Shock!

" .... And we did. And we prevailed. And we won. ...."

'Tis said that 'twas a close run thing, a damned close run thing.

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