Monday, 9 April 2012
More Baroness Thatcher And Another Popular Musician.
In the blog of 3 April 2012, I stated that only one postage stamp had been issued which depicted the "Iron Lady", Margaret Thatcher, the British prime minister at the time of the Falklands Conflict. I illustrated the stamp issued by Kenya in 1988. I have now found a couple more items lurking in my collection which depict her: one is a pre-stamped postcard produced by the Post Office of The Chinese People's Republic and released on 19 December 1984 which shows Mrs. Thatcher, as she then was, at the signing ceremony of the Sino-British Declaration which was to lead to the return of the British colony of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. Behind her is the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Geoffrey Howe, whose resignation speech to the The House of Commons several years later led to Mrs. Thatcher's own downfall. In the picture Mrs. Thatcher is shown shaking hands with the then Chinese premier, Zhao Ziyang.