Issue Date: 12/01/2009
Issue Name: British Design Classics Prestige Booklet Set of 4 Covers
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Practical, stylish, instantly recognisable around the world and something that actually works. These are all qualities that you would associate with a true Design Classic, whatever it might be. We have used four iconic examples of British design for our Design Classics Prestige Booklet set. There are four covers in total, each featuring a different pane from the Prestige Booklet and with a different postmark.
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The Mini is a small economy car produced by the English based British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors from 1959 until 2000. The original is considered an icon of 1960s British popular culture. Its space-saving transverse engine front-wheel drive layout – allowing 80 percent of the area of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage – influenced a generation of car makers. In 1999 the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, behind the Ford Model T, and ahead of the Citroën DS and Volkswagen Beetle.
Concorde first flew on test flights in 1969, but it was not until the 5th December 1975 that she received her British Certificate of airworthiness. There were many obstacles to overcome, not least of which was that the House of Representatives in Washington voted 199 to 198 to put a six month ban on Concorde landing in the USA. British Airways and Air France had planned six flights a day to New York and Washington so this was a huge blow.
Air France took delivery of their first Concorde F-BVFA (205) on the 19th December 1975 and on the 14th January 1976, British Airways took delivery of their first Concorde G-BOAA (206). Everything was ready to start services although flights to the USA were not allowed. On the 21st January 1976 both companies started their first passenger flights, British Airways on the London to Bahrain route and Air France flew Paris to Rio via Dakar.
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