Royal Mail Stamps Come to Town; Birmingham Buildings for the First Time Feature on Two New Postage Stamps. Harry Hawkes Reports
Byline: Harry Hawkes
For the first time in the 166 year history of the postage stamp in Britain, Royal Mail is issuing two stamps which are extolling the beauty of Birmingham.
One is a striking exterior photograph of the new Selfridges store in the Bullring. The stamp, which has a face value of 44p, is one of a set of six new stamps being issued on Tuesday.
A Royal Mail spokesman explained: "The set of stamps is our Modern Architecture issue."
The spokesman added: "In addition to the Bullring stamp the others include the Swiss Re Tower in London, known as 'The Gherkin' and bears the first class rate of the set. The architect was Lord Foster.
"The 42p stamp shows Maggie's Centre in Dundee, creation of the American architect, Frank Gehry. The building houses a centre which provides emotional and physical support for cancer sufferers."
The Birmingham Selfridges stamp, showing a section of the 15000 aluminium discs fixed to its exterior is the 44p value in the set.
A 50p stamp moves from polished metal to oak. It features the Downland Gridshell in Chiches-ter, new home of the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, a building designed by Edward Cullinam.
Perhaps the most isolated location represented in the new stamps is a ferry shelter located on the Hebridean Isle of Tiree.
It is a windswept ferry service shelter called An Turas which means a journey in Gaelic and was designed by Sutherland Hussey.
Top value stamp of the set, the 72p, is a building designed by Terry Farrell and Partners and is described as the world's only "submarium", home to thousands of sea creatures, including seven species of sharks.
The issue of this set of stamps has been timed to coincide with Architecture Week, running from June 16 - 25. …