Definitive Stamp Histories

From this page you can view and download detailed histories of definitive stamps for the reigns of George VI and Elizabeth II.

A definitive stamp is a stamp that consists solely of the monarchs’ head. These are the standard red and blue first and second class stamps you use today.

George VI


Elizabeth II


Regional Definitive Stamps


The best way to see all our philatelic and postal history collections is by appointment with the Senior Curator, Philately, Douglas Muir. To make an appointment, please call 020 8183 0067 or email [email protected].