George V stamps
- The first commemoratives
- The first stamps printed by photogravure
- The first ‘postage due’ labels
We also hold a number of temporary or provisional printings. These were the result of two important changes. Firstly new printers (Harrisons) were employed. Secondly, responsibility for the production of stamps was transferred from the Inland Revenue to the Post Office.
The design for Britain’s first commemorative stamp, issued to mark the opening of the 1924 British Empire Exhibition, came about as the result of a competition. We hold all the submitted artwork in our collection, as well as the artwork and essays for all subsequent commemorative issues. This also applies to British stamps overprinted for use overseas in the Levant, Morocco Agencies, Bechuanaland and Nauru.
Postage Due labels were designed and printed to collect any postage due on mail. Our collection holds the following material for the new labels introduced in 1914:
- some of the metal dies
- some of the rollers and plates
- imperforate registration sheets
They can be found on our Online Catalogue here.
You can also find our KGV Black Proof Sheets on our Online Catalogue here.
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@example.com.
George V Definitives
When King George V became King on 6 May 1910 new photographs were needed as the basis for coins, medals and stamps.Read more
British Empire Exhibition
Great Britain's first commemorative stamps were issued on 23 April 1924 - the first day of the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley.Read more
Postal Union Congress
The ninth Postal Union Congress was opened in London on 10 May 1929, with special stamps released on the opening day.Read more
Commemorative stamps were issued to mark the Silver Jubilee of King George V on 10 May 1935.Read more
Proposed Memorial Issue
Following the death of King George V a memorial stamp was proposed, but never issued.Read more