Wednesday, April 11, 2012

X Marks The Spot

Britain's Daily Mail reports, "When compiling an alphabetical series of stamps celebrating famous British landmarks, the letter X was always going to be a problem. But the Royal Mail has delivered an intriguing solution — by using a picture of Bletchley Park, the top secret intelligence centre where the Nazi Enigma code was cracked during World War II."

The article goes on to say, "The Buckinghamshire mansion contained a secret radio room under the water tanks in a turreted tower known as Station X, used to maintain contact with British embassies in Occupied Europe."

A Royal Mail spokesperson is quoted in the piece as saying, "I’m not aware of anywhere beginning with an X in the UK, so we had to be a bit more creative. Some suggested King’s Cross station. But Station X is more appropriate because of its rich heritage in the war effort."

The first 12 stamps in the series, featuring places beginning with letters A to L, were issued last year and the final 14 (M-Z) came out this week.

Shown above, Station X Bletchley Park..

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM