|BCSP59||Victorian Engineers Queen Victoria Bicentenary Stamps Cover||£22.50||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 24/05/2019
Issue Name: Victorian Engineers Queen Victoria Bicentenary Stamps Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
We mark two significant bicentenaries in 2019 –the birth of both Queen Victoria and that of her husband Prince Albert. Queen Victoria’s reign was the second longest in British royal history and the era named after her saw dramatic social, political and economic change.
Our Victorian Engineers cover features an image of the paddle engines of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s ‘Great Eastern’ steamship,
(the largest in the world at the time of it's 1858 launching), and has a full set of Queen Victoria bicentenary stamps along with our 'Victorian Engineers' London SW1P postmark (24th May, 2019).
A time of major cultural change in the history of Britain, the Victorian era placed science and invention at the forefront of society - Charles Darwin was working on his theory of evolution (he would publish On the Origin of Species in 1859), Babbage was working on the difference engine and William Fox Talbot was developing photography. The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations (The Great Exhibition), took place in Hyde Park, London, from 1 May to 15 October 1851, intended as a celebration of modern industrial technology and design. Streetlights, bicycles, cameras, telephones and so much more that we take for granted today, are all a product of Victorian invention and innovation.
The railway in particular produced a great many engineers of world reknown, perhaps the most famous of these being Isambard Kingdom Brunel, working on a variety of projects from bridges to steamships, tunnels to railways, his structures remain in use today. The contribution to the development of Britain by these Victorian engineers, entrepeneurs and innovators created a wealth of knowledge and their legacy continues to endure.