Red telephone box makes it to new postage stamp series in UK

December 29th, 2008 - 7:00 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 29 (ANI): The traditional red telephone box has made it to the new set of postage stamps in Britain, to be released next year.

The distinctive booth, created by the architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, has taken its place alongside the classic designs of Concorde, Mini car and the miniskirt in the new series to be released on January 13.

The London Underground map is also among 20th century innovations featured in the set of 10 stamps.

Later, Royal Mail, the national postal service of UK, would move away from its traditional rectangular format to make way for a set of jigsaw piece-shaped stamps marking the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of his work, on the origin of species by means of natural selection.

The series will also portray sciences such as botany, zoology and ornithology, which were revolutionised by Darwin’’s theory.

Royal Mail has commissioned a different set of stamps for each month of 2009. They include a series depicting pioneers of the industrial revolution, eminent Britons, the House of Tudor and endangered plants among others.

The Scottish bard Robert Burns will be celebrated in February with a special set in time for the 250th anniversary of his birth.

“Special stamps mark unique moments, great anniversaries and vital cultural themes,” the Telegraph quoted Julietta Edgar, head of special stamps at Royal Mail, as saying.

“For many, stamps are seen as one inch square works of art, and we are confident that the 2009 stamp programme will live up to our customers” expectations,” she added. (ANI)

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