Sunday, November 11, 2007

Remembrance Stamps

According to the Guardian Unlimited, a campaign has been launched to replace the head of the Queen on postage stamps with the faces of the soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq.

The UK's most important art charity, the Art Fund, is trying to persuade thousands of Britons to sign an online petition to convince Royal Mail to put the stamps into circulation, as a memorial to those who have died in the war.
The stamps have been designed by artist Steve McQueen, shown above, who was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum in 2003 to respond to the conflict.
A spokesman for Royal Mail said that its stamps "celebrated symbols rather than individuals", adding: "The sacrifice of servicemen and women plays a key role in our stamps programme."
Privately they are understood to regard the scale of the McQueen project as impracticable; and feel that families may be upset by the sight of loved ones' faces obliterated by postmarks.
To read the entire article, click here.
To view all the stamps and learn more about the project, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM