Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Great Fire of London – Royal Mail First Day Cover

The newest collection by the Royal Mail First Day Cover commemorates the Great Fire of London. The infamous blaze is an integral part of British history. This special stamp collection marks its 350th anniversary, re-telling the story in a graphic novel style, evoking the high drama of those days while ensuring a high degree of historical accuracy. The stamps are designed by comic book artist John Higgins, who has used a graphical style of illustration.  

The fire raged across the city from 2 to 5 September 1666, destroying more than 13,000 houses and 87 churches. The fire began in a bakery in Pudding Lane. Before the fire began, there had been a drought in London that lasted for 10 months, so the city was very dry at the time. 

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