The six historical stamps, designed by Hat-Trick Design, show a
timeline of the development of the London Underground from the early Metropolitan Line service with its steam driven trains to the most modern Jubilee Line Station,
Canary Wharf, designed by Sir Norman Foster.
The poster stamps each show three posters including work from Tom Eckersley, Edward McKnight-Kauffer and Abram Games. Interestingly enough Abram Games was also a stamp designer himself.
Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: “The London Underground has a unique status as the oldest and one of the busiest underground railway networks in the world. “For this first stamp issue of 2013 we have tried to capture the incredible history behind ‘the Tube’, which for millions of people is an integral element of their daily lives and an iconic part of London’s identity. “Both London Underground and Royal Mail share a rich and extraordinary design heritage, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a dozen classic Underground posters, featuring several artists who also designed posters for the GPO.” Check out Stamp Magazine to see all of the stamps.
Other "everyday" items in production to help celebrate the London Underground's 150th birthday are a special Oyster card (available from the middle of this month) and also a £2 coin (available from mid/late January 2013). I've already seen some of the commemorative stamps available on eBay for those eager beavers who can't wait to get hold of them.