Mystery face among first class Britons: John Archer, first Afro-Caribbean elected to public office in London, honoured alongside Lloyd George in new set of stamps. He became first of Afro-Caribbean heritage elected to public office in 1906, as ELEANOR HARDING reports in this article for The Voice.
They are meant to celebrate Britain’s most famous characters in history.
But among the instantly-recognisable faces of Royal Mail’s ‘Great Britons’ stamp set is one that may leave you a little lost.
John Archer, former Mayor or Battersea, is one of the characters featured in the set – a choice which is likely to leave some stamp collectors a little confused.
For while his achievements heading up a London borough are indeed admirable, they are not quite as well-known as those of his fellow countrymen.
The set of 10 first class stamps, released today, also includes David Lloyd George, Benjamin Britten and Vivien Leigh.
Royal Mail said it aimed to include people in sport, journalism, music, politics and the arts whose anniversaries of birth fall in 2013.
A spokesman said that the unconventional choice of Mr Archer recognised the contribution he made to public life as ‘the first person of African-Caribbean descent to hold civic office in London’.
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