A Stamp a Day for October
The artwork on stamps covers a huge range of historical events and subjects. For the month of October Assistant Curator Georgina has found a stamp for everyday.
Just to show that stamps cover a wide range of subjects, I thought I’d try and find a stamp for every day of October.
1st – The first Ford Model T from The Ford Motor Company went on sale on the 1st of October 1908.
2nd – The last King of The House of York, Richard III was born on the 2nd of October 1452.
3rd – On the 3rd of October 1896 the renowned textile designer William Morris died, a friend of many of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
4th – The first run of the famous Orient Express train from Paris to Istanbul left on the 4th of October 1883.
5th – The first broadcast of Monty Python’s Flying Circus aired on the 5th of October 1969.
6th – The author behind The Charge of the Light Brigade, Lord Alfred Tennyson died on the 6th of October 1892.
7th – It wasn’t until the 7th of October 1920 that women became full members of Oxford University and could officially graduate.
8th – Clement Attlee died on the 8th of October 1967, as Prime Minister he improved social services and introduced the National Health Service.
9th – The Beatles’ singer and songwriter John Lennon was born on the 9th of October 1940.
10th – On the 10th of October 1903 The Women’s Social and Political Union had their first meeting, they would later be nicknamed the suffragettes.
11th – The World Cup winning footballer Sir Bobby Moore was born on the 11th of October 1937.
12th – Edward VI was born to Henry VIII and Jane Seymour on the 12th of October 1537 and became King at the tender age of 9 years old.
13th – The first published story of the marmalade loving bear – Paddington was on the 13th of October 1958.
14th – King Harold is believed to have been killed with an arrow to the eye at the Battle of Hastings on the 14th of October 1066.
15th – Michael Fish, BBC Weather presenter, famously denied the coming hurricane in Briton on the 15th of October 1987.
16th – The love story of Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester was first published on the 16th of October 1847.
17th – Mother Teresa the Catholic Saint was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on the 17th of October 1979.
18th – The first broadcast of the children’s show The Magic Roundabout was on the 18th of October 1965.
19th – Jackie Stewart on the 19th of October 1969 wins the 20th Formula One World Drivers Championship by 26 points.
20th – The first monarch of the House of Hanover, George I, was crowned on the 20th of October 1714, as the closest protestant relative of Queen Anne.
21st – Lord Horatio Nelson dies at the Battle of Trafalgar on the 21st of October 1805 and to preserve his body he was transported back to England in a cask of Brandy.
22nd – The first rugby game to be performed under floodlights took place on the 22nd of October 1878 between Broughton and Swinton.
23rd – The London premier of ‘Shadowlands’ the love story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham took place on the 23rd of October 1989.
24th – Jane Seymour, the third wife Henry VIII and the only wife to give him a son died on the 24th of October 1537.
25th – Lord Cardigan led The Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War on the 25th of October 1854.
26th – Winston Churchill became Prime Minister for the second time on the 26th of October 1951.
27th – Captain James Cook, the commander of the Endeavour was born on the 27th of October 1728.
28th – Howard Carter discovered the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun’s funeral mask on the 28th of October 1925.
29th – Sir Walter Raleigh, the famous hunter of El Dorado was executed on the 29th of October 1618 and his head was presented to his wife.
30th – Henry VII was crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey on the 30th of October 1485.
31st – Finally the air battle and bombing raids of The Battle of Britain stopped on the 31st of October 1940.
Here are just a few examples of stamps through history and their ability to commemorate the past. I hope I have been able to touch on an area of history that interests you.
-Georgina Tomlinson, Assistant Curator (Philately)
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