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King George V
H. Nelson; J. A. C. Harrison (Waterloo and Sons)
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British Empire Exhibition, 1924, stamp; printed to commemorate the massive empire-strengthening exhibit that took place in 1924 at Wembley Park. It shows King George V with a British Empire Lion. This one is printed in scarlet, and was issued on the 23rd, April, 1924 (St. George’s Day). They were were printed in sheets of 120 with two panes of 60 (10 rows of 6). While slightly offset to the left, this splendid specimen is in fine condition which brilliant colour and the clean details we’d naturally expetc from a recess print. The arabic gum is intact and unblemished, whilst the comb perforations are in excellent condition. The block-cypher (G V R & Crown) watermark is faint but distinguishable under light. Generally a great example all round! The British Empire Exhibition was designed to positively reinforce the bond between the UK and her dominions, and a total of 56 of 58 territories made their own contributions. The cultural exhibit was held in Wembley Park which later went on to become Wembley Stadium. In total, 17 million people visited in 1924, and another nine million in 1925. By all accounts, however, it was a financial failure having suffered an unmitigated loss in both years. Socially many felt it was a sign of a crumbling empire, and true to fate it wasn’t long before the British Empire promptly began to shrink. The other three from the “British Empire Exhibit” sets are also in this archive, in mint condition: 1924, 1½d (SG 431), is ID# 416 1925, 1d (SG 432), is ID# 417 1925, 1½d (SG 433), is ID# 418
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British Empire Exhibit Lion
British Empire Exhibit 1924
Block Cypher (Standard)
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