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In pictures: Stamps toast Britain

Telephone box stamp

The Royal Mail is to release special sets of stamps each month in 2009. January's collection will feature classic British designs from the mini skirt to the Mini, and the London Tube map to the phone box.

Concorde stamp

The design icon Concorde will come out of retirement to grace our first-class post. Other subjects to get special treatment include the House of Tudor, the fire service, post boxes and Royal Navy uniforms.

Charles Darwin on stamp

On 12 February, six jigsaw piece-shaped stamps celebrating the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection will come out.

George Stephenson stamp

And in March, pioneers of the industrial revolution will be celebrated on the one-inch works of art. Among them will be George Stephenson, the father of the railways.

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