National Geographic : 1976 Dec
A Limited Edition Collection. Available by Advance Subscription Only. Limit: One subscription per person. Subscription rolls close February 6, 1977. quarter of a century ago, a great domain - nearly one-fourth of the earth and nine times vaster than the Roman Empire at its zenith lay under her scepter. Now, as Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second, prepares to celebrate her Silver Jubilee, she is Queen of fewer lands, but not of fewer hearts. In her person The Crown remains a human link among a quarter of the world's peoples. The symbol of mutual cooperation that stems from a common history. The heritage of an Empire on which the sun never set. The focus of an allegiance given through love and respect but never through compulsion. Heiress of a thousand years of history By the Grace of God, Queen of the United Kingdom, its territories, and more than ten other independent Nations, she reigns but does not rule. Head of the Commonwealth of more than thirty realms and republics, she presides but does not direct. Yet, hers is a voice which is heard. The advocate of a happier, more just, and more gentle world for her peoples and the whole of the human family. Truly an anchor in the tempest of the modern age, the Queen is heiress to noble ideals as timeless as the Coronation Ceremony at which she - like her predecessors since William the Conqueror in 1066 was crowned at Westminster Abbey. A Coronation which, as in every age, affirmed the people's acceptance of their Sovereign, and the Sovereign's dedication to the people. An unprecedented philatelic event It is therefore fitting that to celebrate The Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, more than forty members of the Commonwealth will preserve the pageantry and meaning of the Coronation in an international series of nearly eighty different stamps. Significantly, the scope and concept of this collection are unparalleled in philatelic history. For, never before have so many Nations cooperated to issue a series of individual stamps which, when viewed as a complete collection, captures an event of this magnitude. And, never before has there been a collection which traces step by step the events of the Corona tion. Or portrays the individual Crown Jewels and Coronation Regalia in all their beauty. Individually designed by the Commonwealth's most prominent artists - perhaps the greatest assemblage of talent ever gathered to asingle purpose - each issue will be a masterpiece of the philatelic art. Together capturing with uncommon sensitivity the glittering panoply of tradition, religious rite, and chivalrous pageantry just as it happened nearly twenty-five years ago. Ascension Island opens this timeless story with the golden State Coach departing from Buckingham Palace pulled by eight perfectly matched Windsor Greys enroute to Westminster Abbey. In Montserrat's issue, the actual moment of crowning by the Archbishop of Canterbury seems to echo within the Abbey's hallowed walls. And, vividly portrayed by the issues of Turks and Caicos Islands, loyal subjects cheer the Queen and Royal Family as they wave from the Palace balcony following Coronation. From beginning to end, this great ritual unfolds. Inspired by a thousand years of history. Recorded in painstaking detail by official stamps of Canada, Barbados, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Australia, Gibraltar, and others. A collection worthy of The Queen's Silver Jubilee, and an inspiration for our times. Available to you: the First Editions The unprecedented character of this tribute to The Queen's Silver Jubilee makes your opportunity today to acquire first editions all the more significant. For it is a collection certain to command the attention of collectors and historians for many years to come. And the first editions ... First Day Covers . . . will be but a small fraction of the total number of stamps sold to the public. First Day Covers of the individual stamps marking The Queen's Silver Jubilee will be available only on the exact date the stamps are first issued, and never again. In many countries, the First Day of Issue will be February 6, 1977: the precise twenty-fifth anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the Throne. Applied as part of lavish Jubilee ceremonies attended by leading officials and citizens of each Nation, the coveted, one-day-only, First Day of Issue postmark will indelibly certify the First Day Cover for posterity and guarantee its authenticity and limited edition character. The superb, limited edition of the Westminster Collectors Society Appropriately, the Westminster Collectors Society will issue The Queen's Silver Jubilee in one complete collection of over forty official First Day Covers. Of special importance to collectors, this is the first collection ever authorized by the Society, which was established under the auspices of Fleetwood, America's oldest purveyor of First Day Covers, to encourage a greater appreciation of British and Commonwealth culture, history, and tradition. As befits a collection of this importance, each First Day Cover will be lavishly engraved. Each will bear the Coat of Arms or Emblem of the issuing Nation, as well as the imprimatur of the Society. And each will be made of a special paper exclusively created for The Queen's Silver Jubilee. This exquisite collection will be issued solely for subscribers, with an absolute limit of one collection per subscriber. And the total number will be forever limited to the exact number of original subscriptions, postmarked not later than February 6, 1977. The collection will not be available after that time except from collectors who acquired it at the time of issue. A deluxe collector's album will protect and display your collection Collectors who take advantage of this limited opportunity to acquire the Official First Day Covers of The Queen's Silver Jubilee will receive, without additional cost, a lavishly bound collector's album. To enhance the historical and educational value of the collection, an authoritative reference guide will be included. And, specially prepared information will accompany each issue. A convenient plan of acquisition Each subscriber will receive the First Day Covers of The Queen's Silver Jubilee at the convenient rate of three per month, beginning in March, 1977, and concluding in early 1978. The original issue price of $3.25 per First Day Cover will be guaranteed for the entire collection. In view of the high denomination of the stamps, it is an exceptional value. As a convenience, moreover, collectors may pay for the first month's shipment now, or charge it to their credit card account. A collection for all seasons A modern world which has split the atom and put man on the moon has found itself starved for the color, the romance, the chivalry, and most of all the sense of history which The Queen's Silver Jubilee Collection will preserve for the future. For you, and for future generations of your family, it will be a source of great satisfaction and inspiration. Subscription Deadline: February 6, 1977 Please remember that this is the only time that this collection can ever be issued. To take advantage of this historic opportunity, postmark your application no later than February 6,1977. Applications should be mailed directly to Fleetwood, 1 Unicover Center, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008, under whose auspices the Society was established. ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION APPLICATION ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION APPLICATION Deadline for application: February 6, 1977. Limit: One subscription per person. Fleetwood Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008 C3 Please accept my subscription for the Collection of Official First Day Covers of The Queen's Silver Jubilee issued by the Westminster Collectors Society. The collection will consist of approximately 42 flawlessly engraved First Day Covers which will be sent to me under protective cover at the rate of three per month beginning in late March, 1977. The total price of $3.25 per cover ($9.75 per month) isguaranteed for the entire collection. A handsomely designed collector's album will be sent to me at no additional cost. 0 I enclose $9.75 for the first month's shipment. I will be billed for future shipments as they are made. o Please charge $9.75 for each month's shipment to my credit card below at the time each shipment is made: [ MasterCharge o American Express 0 BankAmericard Card Number Expires Signature Mr. Mrs. Miss. All applications subject to acceptance by Fleetwood PLEASEPRINT CLEARLY Address City State Zip The Westminster Collectors Society was established under the auspices of Fleetwood, since 1929 America's foremost purveyor of First Day Covers, a division of Unicover Corporation.