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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tube Map on new Postage Stamps

This might be the smallest mass reproduction of the London Underground map we've seen, as from today the Tube Map will be featured on a new set of stamps. Thanks to the brill
Version 3.1, I learnt that the Tube Map (and the Routemaster) are two of the British Design Classics featured on Royal Mail's latest Special Stamp Issue.

Tube Map on new Postage Stamps

You can order a first day cover set of the stamps today for £4.61. If you miss ordering on the 13th, there's also a presentation pack (for £4.10) which explains what makes each stamp a design icon.

It's good to see the Tube map on a stamp as an enduring example of classic design, specially as it came second to Concorde a few years back, when the BBC Culture show, held a vote for Britain's Best Loved Design Icon.

Culture Show screengrab -  Britain's Best Design Icon

I imagine, that Harry Beck would have been proud to see his map with the Queen's head on it, even though you'd need a hefty magnifying glass to read the map!


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