Commemorative and Postage Due Issues from 1946-1959
I thought this time, we'd take a step back to the commemorative and postage due issues that appeared just after the Second World War and that bridge the gap between two very attractive definitive sets. I have yet to show you either of these two sets, but I expect that I will do so over the next few showings of material.
With the notable exception of the postage due stamps, all of the commemoratives that I show you are part of Omnibus commemorative issues that were produced by the entire Commonwealth, with each member country utilizing the same common design, and changing only the colour, the denomination and the unit of currency.
The first one of these is the Victory, or Peace issue, which was issued on October 21, 1946. It consisted of 2 stamps for each member country, with the low value being sufficient to pay the local surface mail rate, and the higher value being sufficient to pay the foreign surface letter rate. It was recess printed by De La Rue. The design features a view of the Houses of Parliament in London on the Thames, with a vignette of King George VI to the right.