Every one knows Arnold Machin created the bust that the famous stamps came from. What is not generally known is the involvement of top photographer Professor John Hedgecoe. Professor Hedgecoe worked closely with Arnold Machin and his photographs of the Queen in 1965 were fundamental to the design.
The iconic image created by the two men has been reproduced over 175 billion times since its creation! But history has tended to gloss over Professor Hedgecoe's role, giving all the credit to the equally deserving Arnold Machin. The definitives are even referred to as "Machins".
It’s only in the last few years that Hedgecoe’s part in the stamps has been universally recognised.
The first day cover from Buckingham Covers for the Machin’s 40th Anniversary seeks to redress the balance and celebrates Professor Hedgecoe, without whom the definitive stamps would not exist as we know them.
Click on the the link ( above) , When it opens you will be directed to a link where you can see and purchase covers from this great selection that are available from just £9.95.
These covers are based on Professor Hedgecoe's photographic work while working with Arnold Machin. They also has a special London postmark.