The Great Fire of London - 2nd September 1666.

Discussion in 'Stamp Chat' started by James-2489, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. James-2489

    James-2489 Well-Known Member

    Hello all, today is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

    The Great Fire of London occoured between 2nd and 5th September 1666, it affected both rich and poor. Some 70,000 inhabitants of the City of London were forced to flee their homes.

    Though around 13,200 houses and 84 churches were destroyed, only six people are known to have died.


    Regards, James
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  2. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator


    Interesting cover and stamps here.

    First, how did you get an image of this cover so quickly? It is postmarked 2/9/16. I realize you are a day ahead of us here in the U.S., and the U.K. is several hours ahead, but it still seems a very early delivery. Second, the art work on the stamps reminds me of the comic book style stamp stories that appear in the magazine version of Linn's Stamp News, "Amazing Stamp Stores" by David Lodge and Patrick M. Reynolds. Do you know who did the art work for the stamps?

  3. James-2489

    James-2489 Well-Known Member

    Hello Don, it arrived in this mornings 9am post, they come with a slipcard/stiffener with information about the issue. Probably shipped out from Edinburgh on the midnight express truck.

    Incidentally in 2010 I took my wife and daughter up the 311 steps of the tower depicted on bottom right of the card.

    Regards, James.
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  4. James-2489

    James-2489 Well-Known Member

    This was image was loaded in my reply to Don, but it disapeared, possibly it was oversize. try again at 50%.

    Regards, James.
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  5. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator


    For an old-timer like me 311 steps would be a real puffer by the time I got to the top. Good exercise though!

    I read the credits at the bottom of panel shown above and did not see any references to the creators of "Amazing Stamp Stories," but the style sure looks similar. I've attached a couple of stamp comic strip examples that I have. It's interesting to me to see this style of presentation incorporated into stamp design.

    The first image below is the title page of a story in Stamps Comics from the mid-1950s, and the second is a couple of panels from Linn's Monthly Stamp News magazine.


    comic book.jpg stamp stories0006.jpg
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