'Royal Mail coach, 1820', (c1950). Creator: Shirley Markham
'Royal Mail coach, 1820', (c1950). Shirley Markham (1931-1999) studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central School of Art in London from 1950-1952. The writer, artist, poet, and illustrator Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) was one of her tutors, and her style of drawing was also influenced by other British illustrators such as Edward Ardizzone, Quentin Blake and Edward Bawden. Markham spent time in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy, and also visited Rome, sketching classical buildings. After graduating from Central, she worked as a graphic designer, producing book illustrations, cartoons for comics, menus and programmes. She gave up her promising career however when she got married in 1957. Middle-class women at that time were expected to devote their energies to bringing up children and running the home, and despite her obvious talent, she lacked the confidence to return to illustration. Her portfolio remained in the family attic for many years, but now her work is published here for the first time.
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Loading mails on board an Imperial Airways liner at Croydon Airport, c1936 (c1937). Artist: GPO
Loading mails on board an Imperial Airways liner at Croydon Airport, c1936 (c1937). The mail is brought from London to the aerodrome in streamlined cars painted blue to distinguish the airmail. The world's first scheduled airmail post service took place in the United Kingdom between Hendon, North London, and Windsor, Berkshire, on 9 September, 1911, as part of the celebrations for King George V's coronation. Imperial Airways was an early British commercial long-range air transport company, operating from 1924 to 1939. From Wonders of World Aviation, Vol. 1, by Clarence Winchester. [The Amalgamated Press Ltd, London, c1937]
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Mulready's wrapper envelope, 1840 (1956). Artist: Unknown
Mulready's wrapper envelope, 1840 (1956). Decorated with designs by the artist William Mulready, these pre-paid envelopes, together with lettersheets, were introduced as part of the postal reforms instigated by the Post Office in 1840. They were brought out at the same time as the first postage stamps, but were unsuccessful and were withdrawn only two months after they were first introduced. A print from Things, a volume about the origin and early history of many things, common and less common, essential and inessential, by Readers Union, the Grosvenor Press, London, 1956.
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