Monday, March 21, 2016

UK 2016
British Humanitarians Stamp Set

ISSUE DATE: 15 March 2016
STAMP THEME: British Humanitarians
 STAMP DESIGN: Hat-Trick Design

The six mint stamps issued by Royal Mail comprise striking contemporary monochrome portraits of Nicholas Winton, Sue Ryder by Lord Snowdon, John Boyd Orr, which is courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Eglantyne Jebb, by kind permission of Save the Children, Joseph Rowntree and Josephine Butler. 

Sir Nicholas George Winton MBE (born Nicholas George Wertheim, 19 May 1909 – 1 July 2015) was a British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport (German for "children transportation"). Winton found homes for the children and arranged for their safe passage to Britain.

Margaret Susan Cheshire, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw and Baroness Cheshire, CMG, OBE (3 July 1924 – 2 November 2000), best known as Sue Ryder, was a British volunteer with Special Operations Executive in the Second World War, who afterwards led many charitable organisations, notably the charity named in her honour.

John Boyd Orr (23 September 1880 – 25 June 1971), known as Sir John Boyd Orr from 1935 to 1949, was a Scottish teacher, doctor, biologist and politician who received the Nobel Peace Prize for his scientific research into nutrition and his work as the first Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He was the co-founder and the first President (1960–1971) of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS).

Eglantyne Jebb (1876–1928) was a British social reformer and founder of the Save the Children organisation. She was known as the "White Flame" because the flame of her dedicated love for children in distress burned to a white heat of passion all her life.

Joseph Rowntree (1836-1925) was a Quaker philanthropist and businessman from York, England. Rowntree is perhaps best known for being a champion of social reform. (Quakers (or Friends) are members of a group of religious Christian movements which is known as the Religious Society of Friends).

Josephine Elizabeth Butler (1828–1906) was a Victorian era British feminist and social reformer who was especially concerned with the welfare of prostitutes.


Stamp images thanks to Royal Mail
Acknowledgements: Nicholas Winton © Matej Divizna/Getty Images; Sue Ryder © photograph by Snowdon/Trunk Archive; John Boyd Orr © Elliot & Fry/National Portrait Gallery, London; Eglantyne Jebb © with kind permission of Save the Children, Joseph Rowntree © Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images, Josephine Butler © INTERFOTO/Sammlung Rauch/Mary Evans Picture Library