June 17, 2007

An article for the Philatelic Bulletin

1967 brought to the public designs that made the Sixties so fresh and different to all that had gone before. One such design was the 4d Machin definitive issued in June, closely followed by others and since by every value but two in 1/2p stages to 201/2p then, with just two missing, every penny to 50p.

I was 14, adored pirate radio, wore long hair and ridiculously bright clothes. It's interesting that something so 'establishment' as a Post Office stamp should have inspired me so successfully in the face of such competition.

It was, indeed, an icon for a new generation.