Edward VIII 1½d (1936)

Following the death of George V on 20 January 1936, questions quickly arose as to postage stamps bearing the head of Edward VIII. H J Brown, then only 17, submitted an unsolicited pencil drawing in April 1936. Harrisons prepared four different essays based on the Brown design with the Kings’ Head from a Hugh Cecil photograph. As issued in September 1936 the four stamps of King Edward VIII were very simple in format, quite different from anything that had gone before, reflecting the new King’s desire for simplicity and change.