The History of World War II - 1946 Victory Collection
Text that accompanies the collection reads as follows:
The Victory Celebration Collection of King George VI Found
On June 8th, 1946, a quite extraordinary stamp collection was issued. Even now, almost 50 years on, the full story remains a mystery to all but a few.
Just after the celebrations of VE Day, sudden meetings were called at postal authorities all over the globe. The results of these meetings became clear when the announcement was made of their intention to issue a magnificent philatelic celebration of allied Victory.
Sure enough, after a year's work, the collection was issued on June 8th, 1946. However, this is where the mystery begins.
Because of the relative poverty of the time, it now appears that few complete collections ever found their way into the public's hands. After all, the stamps were issued by over 40 different nations. To aquire this collection back then would have been a monumental task.
Historically, this collection is unique. Under the cloak of the British Empire, more than forty countries are represented. And just one factor that makes these stamps all the more collectible is that many of the issuing nations have since taken the road to independence.
You'll see names like Rhodesia and Ceylon next to portraits of King George VI and the Palace of Westminster. These are examples of history that can never be repeated.
The Victory Celebration Collection was created using traditional hand-engraved steel dies - the same method of craftsmanship that gave us classics like the Penny Black. Also clearly visible on each stamp is the original Crown Agents security watermark. The very valuable attributes professionals and experts look for.