1 March 2007This miniature sheet in the World of Invention stamp issue comprises of six stamps featuring landmarks in engineering and technology. Each of the inventions is illustrated in by Guardian cartoonist Peter Till with formatting and typography by Peter Willberg. The sheet has water-activated gum and thus these stamps are not the same as those issued in normal sheets.
The stamps show Thomas Telford's bridges, the railway network, the telephone (Alexander Graham Bell), television (John Logie Baird), the World Wide Web (Sir Tim Berners-Lee), and a look to space tourism in the future.
The MS on the Norvic limited edition fdc is cancelled with the Langholm postmark showing Thomas Telford. The cover shows Thomas Telford's Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which opened in 1805. It is 1007 feet long, 11 feet wide, and 5 feet 3 inches deep. It carries the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee between the villages of Trevor and Froncysyllte. The steel-ribbed umbrella was invented by Samuel Fox, of Bradwell in Derbyshire, in 1852. Multiple-inventor Sir Clive Sinclair launched the Sinclair ZX80 in 1980, the first computer to retail at under £100. Shown is the ZX81 which in kit form sold for under £50.
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