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THATCHER, Margaret.

Collection of first day covers.

1969-76 Stock Code: 123907
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From Margaret Thatcher's estate

A collection of first day covers gathered by Margaret Thatcher, from Thatcher's personal belongings from her home in Chester Square. Thatcher dabbled in stamp collecting, and most of her collection was sold at Christie's in 2015. She had a personal interest in the aesthetics and production of stamps as Prime Minister, as can be seen in her correspondence with Sir Ronald Dearing, Chairman of the Post Office, in 1985. The first day covers were produced and dated by the Royal Mail at the start of the print run and sent to the House of Commons. One envelope addressed to her from Liberia is also included.

1. First day cover, stamped for the House of Commons 28 May 1969, with six stamps featuring British cathedrals.

2. First day cover, stamped for the House of Commons 1 July 1969, commemorating the investiture of the Prince of Wales.

3. First day cover, stamped for the House of Commons 13 August 1969, commemorating the centenary of Gandhi's birth.

4. First day cover, stamped for the House of Commons 1 October 1969, with four stamps commemorating Post Office technology.

5. First day cover, stamped for the House of Commons 1 April 1970, with five stamps for "general anniversaries": The Declaration of Arbroath, Florence Nightingale's birth, the International Co-operative Alliance, the Mayflower, and the Royal Astronomical Society's founding.

6. First day cover, stamped for the House of Commons 3 July 1970, five stamps commemorating Dickens and Wordsworth.

7. First day cover, stamped for the House of Commons 17 July 1970, featuring three new high value decimal stamps at 10, 20 and 50 pence.

8. An envelope addressed to Margaret Thatcher as Leader of the Opposition from Liberia, featuring Liberia's commemorative stamps of Winston Churchill. All six commemorative stamps, and the souvenir sheet, are present. The envelope was sent by airmail on the 20 February 1975, nine days after Thatcher had been elected Leader.

9. First day cover, stamped for the House of Commons 2 July 1976, commemorating the bicentennial of American Independence.

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