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Modern Special Stamp Programme born with Churchill Commemoration (1965)

The then Postmaster GeneralTony Benn, worked with designer David Gentleman to modernise stamp design. The criteria for the creation of Special Stamps was to celebrate events and commemorate anniversaries relevant to UK heritage and life. The stamp of Sir Winston Churchill, issued in July of that year, was designed by Gentleman and was the first under Benn’s administration. It was the first British stamp to feature a contemporary individual and with its bold modernist approach with no words, it set the scene for the future. Including these, Over 2,600 Special Stamps have been issued since.