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Post-Colonial : Stamps from the African Diaspora Animated Promo

A graphic animated promo celebrating stamps from the African diaspora.

Concept & Creative Direction: Jon Daniel.
Animation: Dave Daniels.
Original Music Composition: Nicholas Brown.
Generously supported by Stanley Gibbons.

For more information or to view the online exhibition visit: facebook.com/​AfricanDiasporaStamps

Design Guru gives his stamp of approval to African Diaspora philatelic exhibition

Author and cultural commentator Stephen Bayley lends his support to an exhibition highlighting black achievement as part of Black History Month UK

A thematic exhibition showcasing stamps, autographs and memorabilia of the African Diaspora has been given some heavyweight support from the design community in the form of author and cultural commentator, Stephen Bayley.

Post-Colonial: an exhibition of stamps from the African Diaspora, curated by African-Caribbean creative, Jon Daniel, launches on Saturday 1st October at 399 Strand, London, home of world famous stamp dealer, Stanley Gibbons. Fraser’s Autographs, a division of The Stanley Gibbons Group plc will be supplementing the exhibition with a range of autographs and memorabilia.

Bayley has often been quoted expounding the design qualities of stamps, stating in a press interview last year that, “They involve a whole range of creativity, within clear disciplines, not least dictated by their size. So by collecting stamps, you are, at a fraction of the cost of collecting other forms of art, gaining access to a vast international archive of design.”


Having been selected to feature in Creative Review’s Monograph, Jon Daniel’s own collection was the inspiration behind this exhibition and his appreciation of stamp design will be evidenced by a panel given over entirely to stamps chosen by him purely for the quality of their design.

“The design disciplines involved are fascinating: within a tiny space, a stamp must establish national identity, indicate its value, contain (if it is a special edition) usefully suggestive symbolism and needs high visual impact…without compromising the dignity of the issuing authority. Stamps are astonishing bargains as well as examples of miniature genius” said Bayley.


Post-Colonial: Stamps of the African Diaspora opens at Stanley Gibbons, 399 Strand, London on Saturday 1st October and runs until Saturday 29th October. For those unable to attend, the exhibition will also be available via the Stanley Gibbons website: www.stanleygibbons.com.

Stamps from the African Diaspora

Creative Review | Monograph | October 2011

In this digital age, where email has now usurped postal mail as the global communication of choice, stamps remain a small yet powerful canvas on which to stimulate cultural interest and provoke debate.

The following collection was borne out of a campaign I initiated in the early 1990’s.

Inspired by the lyrics of Public Enemy’s ‘Fight The Power’ (‘cause I’m Black and I’m proud, I’m ready and hyped plus I’m amped, Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps’) I realised that no Black historical and cultural figures had been represented on British stamps.

To address this, I created a unique series of stamp designs highlighting ‘Black Contribution to Britain’.

Unfortunately, although I campaigned for many years, garnering support from several MP’s, The Prince of Wales, English Heritage, and The Commission for Racial Equality amongst many others, my stamp designs were never to see the light of day.

However, as part of the campaign to persuade Royal Mail to embrace my initiative, and armed with expert historical guidance from Dr. Patrick Ismond and The Black Cultural Archives, I researched and collected stamps from around the world. These featured leading figures from the African Diaspora who had been celebrated by other countries.

Thanks to Creative Review, I am able to share a small selection of this international stamp collection with Creative Review subscribers via the publication, Monograph.

This collection will also form part of a wider exhibition, ‘Post-Colonial: Stamps from the African Diaspora’ on Facebook and at the flagship London store of the world’s greatest stamp emporium Stanley Gibbons.

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