Commemorating ‘the few’ and their bravery in the Battle of Britain was the challenge facing The Team in its first Royal Mail stamp commission.
The set of six stamps, released on 16 July 2015, marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. They offer a vivid picture of RAF life between July and October 1940. The black and white visuals feature the Queen’s head in RAF blue, creating a visual contrast without distracting from the images of the heroic Spitfire and Hurricane.
But The Team’s detailed research found that it took more than ‘the few’ up in the skies to protect Britain from the Luftwaffe.
The Team’s Bob Wheller said: “We wanted to broaden Churchill’s term ‘the few’ to show the different roles played by people other than just the pilots – two of the stamps highlight the role of women in the Service, both in the Ops Room and as spotters.”
“It was a big picture editing job. We had to be sensitive and respectful in our choices, as well as accurate, and avoid propaganda photos, making sure that we created a documentary of what happened during the first summer of World War Two.”
Retouching played a vital role in bringing the old photos to life, enhancing the originals and sharpening the focus.
The Team’s previous work with Royal Mail has included designing commemorative presentation packs for the centenary of Titanic’s voyage; the 500th anniversary of the launch of the Mary Rose; 50 years of Britain’s involvement in space exploration; and the 40th anniversary of the last Goon Show in 1972.