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Nautical commemorative stamps for Royal Mail

19 July 2013 | Posted in Print

Silk Pearce has designed two complementary sets of stamps for Royal Mail to commemorate the Merchant Navy’s contribution to British life over the last 200 years. One set of six features different merchant ships spanning two centuries. A miniature sheet of four further stamps explores the vital role taken by the Merchant Navy during the Second World War.

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Peter Silk, creative head at Silk Pearce, stands at Harwich & Felxistowe docks, holding large versions of the stamps

Both sets of stamps go on sale from today along with some of the associated collectors' products that have also been designed by Silk Pearce. Creative head, Peter Silk said: "It's always an honour to be asked to design Royal Mail stamps but we're particularly excited about this project where we have worked on two complementary sets as well as the associated collectors’ products.” “We believe this commemorative stamp issue will be valued by anyone with an interest in Britain’s nautical history, its development as a trading nation or the essential part played by the Merchant Navy during the Second World War,” said Catharine Brandy, design manager for stamps and collectibles at Royal Mail.

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Silk Pearce also designed some of the associated collectors’ products for the Merchant Navy stamp issue, including the first day cover and two special postmarks for exclusive use on Thursday 19 September