The Defeat of the Spanish Armada

Saturday, October 27, 2007

in Commemorative,GB stamps

I was lucky enough to have got tickets for the première showing of Elizabeth: The Golden Age starring Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush at the Rome Film Festival last week. The film was a sumptuous romp through history with Cate Blanchett as fabulous as ever - the scenes showing the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 were particularly impressive.

These British commemorative stamps were designed by Graham Evernden and issued on 19 July, 1988 on the 400th anniversary of the event. The set of five stamps was printed se-tenant (joined together in a horizontal strip) and the individual stamps form a composite design which runs across all five. All five stamps were valued at 18 pence and feature, reading from left to right: Spanish Galeasse off The Lizard; English Fleet leaving Plymouth; Engagement off the Isle of Wight; Attack of English Fire-ships, Calais; Armada in Storm, North Sea.

Spanish Armada 400th Anniversary Postage Stamps -1988

GB 1988 400th Anniversary of Spanish Armada Cotswold FDC Rare Tilbury Handstamp
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1988 Spanish Armada COTSWOLD Cover Armada 400 Plymouth H S
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Ireland  728 Official FDC Defeat of the Spanish Armada 1588 opened
Ireland 728 Official FDC Defeat of the Spanish Armada 1588 opened
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1988 FDC PPS No 42 SILK SERIES SPANISH ARMADA ARMADA 400 PLYMOUTH HANDSTAM
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1988 GB SPANISH ARMADA 400th ANNIVERSARY STRIP OF 5 FINE MINT MNH SG1400 SG1404
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GB 1988 Spanish Armada presentation pack Pack No 192 SG 1400 1404 MINT
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USS OLYMPIA Buque Insignia Armada USA Batalla CAVITE 1898 Spanish American War C
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GR BRITAIN  4 DIFF COMMEMO ON SPANISH ARMADA 1988 FU 1
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GB FDC BRADBURY OFFICIAL COVERS CHEAP 1981 2000 COMMEMORATIVE DEFINITIVE
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GB 198 Spanish armada Set of 5 Plate block of 30 SG1400 1404 MNH
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