Thursday, December 03, 2009

Happy Birthday Sir Rowland! reports that today is Sir Rowland Hill Day. Hill was born December 3, 1795 and died in 1879.

In 1997 as a joint venture between Britain's Royal Mail, the British Philatelic Trust and the Association of British Philatelic Societies, the Rowland Hill Awards were established and honored philatelic innovation, initiative and enterprise.

According to Wikipedia,"The awards were last given in 2006 for 2005 winners. The awards have not be made since then and the scheme appears to be dormant. They are not connected with the Rowland Hill Award given by the Southeast Federation of Stamp Clubs in the United States,"

Award winners are presented with a certificate, printed on special paper, showing the Czeslaw Slania engraving of Sir Rowland Hill which was used on a 1995 British stamp (shown above) honoring Hill, and an award featuring a facsimile of the engraving die.

For more on the Rowland Hill Awards, click here.

For more on Sir Rowland Hill, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM