Wednesday, 28 March 2018


It's hard to believe we've almost rattled through the third month of the ICONOGRAPHY series already, but nevertheless these old geezers are coming to the end of their reign, as it were. Here's a bit about this month's icon - our perfectly sculpted Queen Liz - unveiled in 1967 and rolling through the postal service ever since.

The Machin Definitive stamp features a profile of the Queen by sculptor Arnold Machin which replaced the photographic portrait of the Queen in use since 1952. The design has now been reproduced in more than 130 colours over a period of 50 years, and is considered to be one of the most reproduced images in the world after being reprinted an estimated 220 billion times. Britain is unique not having the country name on its stamps. Since the world's first stamp, the Penny Black, it has been represented by the monarch alone. The youthful image of the Queen in continued use is an enduring, unchanged symbol of Great Britain around the world.

Find out more about this Byng Inc calendar right here on Byng Cartel, and download the artwork for your screen!

>> March artwork in wide screen (1448 x 900px)
>> March artwork in full screen (1600 x 1200px)

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