British Inventions

Today's theme in Sunday Stamps-II is 20th Century Inventions. So many stamps to choose!

I am going to share only three, belonging to a set of eight stamps issued by Royal Mail in February 2015. Under the title Inventive Britain, they depict eight key inventions created by Brithish inventors over the 20th century.

COLOSSUS
world's first electronic digital computer
The Colossus, built during the Second World War to decipher messages, is acknowledged as the world’s first electronic, digital and programmable computer. It has a close association with Royal Mail. It was designed and built by GPO employee, engineer Tommy Flowers. The new stamp includes a representation of the ticker tape that inputted data, and on it is the symbolic word Peace.

STAINLESS STEEL
non-corrosive, versatile, 100% recyclable alloy


CARBON FIBRE
high-strength, lightweight, composite material

The rest of inventions depicted on the set (which I have not received) are: World Wide Web, Catseyes, Fibre Optics, DNA Sequencing and the i-limb. You can see the whole set here.

12 comments:

  1. This has to be one of my favorite stamp sets of all time. I didn't know the word peace was coded on the Colossus stamp - thanks for that information.

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    1. I think they would look perfect on some mail art envelopes. But anyway, I received them on normal envelopes, and still I love them.

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  2. No I didn't know about the word 'peace' either, a nice touch for something invented in war. You'll be able to see the rest of the set on my post for this week.

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  3. I have never managed to get my hands on these. Good touch Colossus having peace attached.

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    1. In a way, it's a pity that so many great inventions are due to the war...

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  4. Most of the stamps from this serie are new to me (and until now I didn't really know this serie). I love these!
    The third one reminds me of Minecraft (the computer game), nice stamp!

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  5. I have long forgotten about the ticker tape. Now it's all coming back to me and I'm nostalgic of my very early computer history lessons all the way back to ~ 17 years ago. Time flies!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I think we forget, or take for granted, a lot of things that we use every day... However, there were revolutionary the first time. Thanks for your comment.

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  6. Love the stainless steel and carbon fibre stamp. The first one does bring back memories...!

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    1. These designs are superb!

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Thank you for coming. All your comments make me extremely happy.