The Society was founded in 1754 by artist and social activist William Shipley, with the aim to 'embolden enterprise, to enlarge science, to refine art, to improve manufacture and to extend our commerce'. The full name of the society is "The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce."
Facts about the RSA:
In 1758 the RSA instigated the planting of 50 million trees to compensate for widespread deforestation during the previous century. Many of these woods remain today.
Captain Bligh's ill-fated journey on the Bounty was intended to bring back breadfruit trees, and agricultural experiment inspried by the RSA.
The RSA established the first organised exhibition of contemporary art in Britain - in 1760.
'The Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations' - known as The Great Exhibition - of 1851 was inititated by the RSA.
| 1st class - 1840 Penny Black stamp
Sir Rowland Hill was awarded the first RSA Albert Medal for his postal reforms and the introduction of the Penny Post.
|40p - William Shipley, founder of the RSA||43p - RSA Commercial Examinations began in 1882, typing and shorthand proving the most popular.|
|47p RSA Gold medal 1805 was awarded to George Smart for his apparatus for sweeping Chimnies without employing boys.||57p Eric Gill created this famous typeface and was among the very first to be awarded the distinction 'Royal Designer for Industry' in 1938.||68p The RSA's 21st century manifesto seeks to stimulate enterprise, expand education and encourage the policies and lifestyles that will ultimately eliminate waste. ZeroWaste campaign|
The stamps are printed in gravure by Walsall Security Print Ltd, perf 14, in sheets of 25/50
All images except FDCs are taken from Royal Mail's Philatelic Bulletin and Postmark Bulletin, and are Copyright 2004 by Royal Mail.
Mint set of 6 - £3.75
PO FDCs and stamp cards also available - price on request.
The Special postmarks available on the Day of Issue are shown here.
These postmarks cannot be obtained after 10 August.
| Ref FD423
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark
| Ref FD424
London WC2 Official Postmark - RSA Headquarters, John Adam Street
| Ref L9187
The Royal Society of Arts Centenary* Anniversary, John Adam Street, London WC2
*probably an error: any corrected image will be shown when published
| Ref L9196
The 1851 Great Exhibition, Hyde Park, London
| Ref L9197
Royal Society of Arts John Adam Street London WC2N
| Ref M9199
RSA - Sir Rowland Hill & the Penny Post, Birmingham
| Ref L9188
John Adam Street London WC2
| Ref L9189
Henrietta St, London WC2
| Ref L9190
Millbank, London SW1
| Ref L9191
Kensington Gore, London SW7
| Ref L9192
Regent Street Cambridge
| Ref M9200
Kidderminster Birthplace of Sir Rowland Hill
| Ref L9195
ANNIVERSARY 250, London WC2
| Ref L9185
The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce - 250 ANNIVERSARY, London WC2
| Ref M9222
250th Anniversary RSA, Stoke-on-Trent
| Ref L9208
The Printers Devil, Fleet Street, London EC4
| Ref L9207
Smart Street, London E2
| Ref M9221
National Association of Chimney Sweeps, Stone Staffs.
This page updated 24 July 2004 [16.1.05]
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