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Royal Mail’s special stamp series celebrates outstanding events, achievements and people of national importance, documenting the stories that make up the fabric of Britain’s culture. From Prehistoric Britain to the Great Fire of London, The RAF to Captain Cook – the commemorative products tell the stories behind these wonderful subjects.

Photography: Jack Spicer Adams

100 years protecting the skies

From its proud military history and technological innovations, to its brave personnel, the prestige stamp book accompanies a special stamp release to celebrate a century of RAF excellence. The book marks this momentous occasion, closely referencing the rich visual vernacular associated with the RAF’s long history.

The prestige stamp book echoes plane rivets and stamp perforations to form a timeline noting key dates and events in the RAF’s history. The design draws upon camouflage, details and designs from a wide array of aircraft livery and ephemera.

A special edition version of the stamp book came in Vulcan Bomber camouflage with yellow binding tape to mirror many of the RAF plane’s wingtips. The custom box included plane detailing such as the ejector seat symbol, invasion stripes and the RAF’s motto.

Aircraft of the RAF

To accompany both the special stamps and a commemorative set of four coins, this coin pack celebrates some of the most iconic and historically important aircraft from the RAF’s illustrious 100 year history. Stamp design by Royal Mail and Michael Turner.

The pack utilises the graphic language from RAF aircraft information posters of the past, detailing the various aircrafts in service at the time, along with brief descriptions. Most famously the 1942 wartime version printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Fosh & Cross.

Bringing letters to life

Special stamps act as paper ambassadors for Britain’s outstanding events, achievements and people. They are a celebration of our national character and bring the humble envelope to life. The 2017 Year Pack bought the years stamp programme to life in a series of rich, eclectic paper compositions including all the years subjects emanating from an envelope. Illustrations by James Taylor.

Unearthing Britain’s past

A suite of products to accompany the Ancient Britain stamp release – presenting a timeline of Britain’s prehistory, from ancient rituals of 11,000 years ago, to the Iron Age forts of around 300 BC. Stamp design by True North.

Title and timeline are combined to give an instant picture of the epochs covered in the stamps, and like the artefacts and atmospheric sites themselves, the stamps and content all emerge from the soil beneath our feet.

‘Dark clowds of smoke like hell’

A coin pack to mark the anniversary of the Great Fire of London. The backdrop for the pack became the thick black smoke that enveloped the capital for those five terrifying days in 1666, so large and dense it could be seen from Oxford. Stamp design by the Chase.

A Great Endeavour

Captain Cook’s mahogany and rosewood writing desk aboard HMS Endeavour is the backdrop for the coin pack celebrating his renowned three year voyage and the discoveries made along the way. From his desk, Cook wrote his famous journal entries and letters, plotted his routes and perused Banks and Parkinson’s astonishing finds and drawings. Stamp design by Howard Brown.