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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 first of two empire-strengthening festivals that took place in 1924 at Wembley Park. It shows King George V framed next to a British Empire Lion. With a face value of three halfpence (1½d) this version is part of a pair — the other being 1d — and is printed in a tasteful brown colour. It was issued on the 23rd, April, 1924 — St. George’s Day in the UK — and was printed in sheet of 120, with two panes of 60 (10 rows of 6). This splendid specimen is mostly well centered, with a flawless face that displays both the deep colour and the excellent detail we expetc from recess printings. Neither the comb perforations nor the arabic gum have any faults. The watermark, a block cypher (G V R & crown) is extremely faint, but just about visible under light. Fantastic mint condition stamp. 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, 1d (SG 430), is ID# 415 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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