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Description - First Class by Chris West

Stamps tell a story. Since the Penny Black first burst on the scene in 1840, they have literally depicted history as it happens. Every big event in our history has had a stamp, from the Festival of Britain to the Olympics, the Coronation to the death of Diana, the advent of computers to the new Millennium. This delightfully playful history uses 36 of our most expressive and quirky, beautiful and baffling stamps to tell us the story of Britain, through Dickens and the potato famine to Thatcher and punk. Christopher West is a stamp-obsessive. He has picked his favourites to tell hugely entertaining and idiosyncratic history. We learn about the Penny Lilac which built a nation in 1881; the controversial schoolboy-designed Berlin Olympics stamp of 1936; the day the Queen head was chopped off in 1966; the first non-white face to grace a stamp in 1982, and many more. Each lovingly-designed stamp is a vintage specimen and a tantalising window onto an era.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224095471
ISBN-10: 0224095471
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 137mm x 18mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Square Peg
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Chris West

Chris West wrote the bestselling business title The Beermat Entrepreneur. He also published a series of successful crime novels under another name. Having worked in the City and then in PR & marketing, he now teaches marketing to small businesses.

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