London Underground

Issued on 9 January, London Underground features ten stamps; six charting the history of the network, alongside a miniature sheet of four long-format stamps focusing on the design heritage of its iconic posters.
The issue date coincides with the precise anniversary in 1863 of the first part of what was to become London’s Underground: the steam-driven Metropolitan Railway running between Paddington Station and Farringdon Street via Kings Cross.
Fittingly it’s the Metropolitan Railway that features on the first of two 2nd class stamps, while the other shows railway workers, or Navvies as they were known commonly, excavating a tube tunnel.
Edwardian commuters travelling in from the suburbs are depicted on one of the 1st class pair of stamps, while the other features the Piccadilly Line’s Boston Manor, an example of many art deco stations built in the 1920s and 30s.
Classic rolling stock travelling on the tube’s ‘deep cut’ lines in 1938 and Sir Norman Foster’s Canary Wharf Station make up the £1.28p pair.
Each of the stamps features a timeline across the lower quarter of the stamps using different livery colours taken from London Underground lines.


2013 (January 9 2013)
Commemorative

Designed by Hat-trick
Size 35mm (h) x 35mm (v)
Printed by Cartor Security Print
Print Process Lithography
Perforations 14.5 x 14.5
Phosphor All Over
Gum PVA

Stamps

London Underground 2nd Stamp (2013) 1863 - Metropolitan Railway Opens

1863 - Metropolitan Railway Opens

2nd
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A contemporary lithograph of a steam locomotive on the Metropolitan line near Paddington Station


London Underground 2nd Stamp (2013) 1898 - Tunnelling Below London Streets

1898 - Tunnelling Below London Streets

2nd
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Railway construction workers, known as Navvies, shown excavating a ‘deep cut’ tube tunnel


London Underground 1st Stamp (2013) 1911 - Commute to the Suburbs

1911 - Commute to the Suburbs

1st
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A carriage of Edwardian ladies and gentlemen illustrated on their commute to work from the suburbs


London Underground 1st Stamp (2013) 1934 - Boston Manor Art Decor Station

1934 - Boston Manor Art Decor Station

1st
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Suburban expansion of the Piccadilly Lines in the 1920s and 30s led to the construction of many iconic art deco stations


London Underground £1.28 Stamp (2013) 1938 - Classic Rolling Stock

1938 - Classic Rolling Stock

£1.28
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The classic trains introduced on the tube’s deep cut lines in 1938 became a London icon


London Underground £1.28 Stamp (2013) 1999 - Jubilee Line at Canary Wharf

1999 - Jubilee Line at Canary Wharf

£1.28
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Designed by Sir Norman Foster Canary Wharf Station is one of the most recent additions to the Underground network


London Underground 1st Stamp (2013) London Underground Posters - Golders Green, By Underground to fresh air and Summer sales

London Underground Posters - Golders Green, By Underground to fresh air and Summer sales

1st
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Reproductions of three classic London Underground Posters: Golders Green (1908) by an unknown artist 1908; By Underground to fresh air (1915) by Maxwell Armfield; Summer Sales (1925) by Mary Koop.


London Underground 77p Stamp (2013) Lomdon Underground Posters - For the Zoo, Power and The seen

Lomdon Underground Posters - For the Zoo, Power and The seen

77p
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Reproductions of three classic London Underground Posters: – For the Zoo (1921) by Charles Paine; Power (1931) by Edward McKnight-Kauffer and The seen (1948) by James Fitton.


London Underground 87p Stamp (2013) London Underground Posters - A train every 90 seconds, Thanks to the Underground and Cut travelling time

London Underground Posters - A train every 90 seconds, Thanks to the Underground and Cut travelling time

87p
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Reproductions of three classic London Underground Posters: A train every 90 seconds (1937) by Abram Games; Thanks to the Underground (1935) by Zero (Hans Schleger) and Cut travelling time, Victoria Line (1969) by Tom Eckersley.


London Underground £1.28 Stamp (2013) London Underground Posters - The London Transport Collection, London Zoo and the Tate Gallery by Tube

London Underground Posters - The London Transport Collection, London Zoo and the Tate Gallery by Tube

£1.28
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Reproductions of three classic London Underground Posters: The London Transport Collection (1975) by Tom Eckersley; London Zoo (1976) by Abram Games and The Tate Gallery by Tube (1987) by David Booth (Fine White Line Design).


Presentation Pack

Presentation Pack Cover

First Day Cover

First Day Cover Insert

Miniature Sheet

Designed by NB Studios
Printed by Cartor Security Print
Print Process Lithography
Gum PVA
Phosphor All Over
Image preview by Royal Mail
Size 183mm (h) x 74mm (v)

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