5 June 2007 - Machin Definitive 40th Anniversary Miniature Sheet first day cover
2007 marked the 40th anniversary of the issue of new Queen Elizabeth II definitives featuring Arnold Machin's iconic bas-relief sculpture that replaced the Wilding definitives. Arnold Machin's 1967 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II (sometimes referred to as the Machin head) has been reproduced over 175 billion times.
Arnold Machin created one of the most instantly recognisable images in the world with his classic sculpture of the Queen - and like many examples of great design it was simplicity that was the key to its success. Machin admired the design of the world's first postage stamp, the Penny Black and its effective use of a light image against a dark background.
Our Norvic first day cover, produced in a limited edition of only 25, reproduces - with the permission of Royal Mail - the original 1967 first day cover envelope and 4d, 1/- and 1/9d stamps cancelled with the Windsor 5 June 1967 postmark.
Below this the new miniature sheet is cancelled with either:
- the similar Windsor First Day of Issue postmark
- 40th Anniversary of a British Icon Windsor postmark
Note: this is NOT a double-dated cover - 1967 covers were not big enough to accommodate the 2007 MS as well as the 1967 stamps. (Images of actual covers.)