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Unused stamps

Unused stamps

Accession №2010.007.00001
Specific NameUnused stamps
Artist/MakerBrown, Howard


Block of 10 postage stamps, each worth 67p. The stamps feature an eye with an iol and the phrase: "Artifical lens implant surgery pioneered by Sir Harold Ridley, 1949". This stamp was issued by the Royal Mail as part of a six stamp series commemorating medical and scientific breakthroughs made by citizens of England. The series was designed by Howard Brown and issued September 16, 2010. The story of the intraocular lens begins during WWII. In 1940, Germany launched the air attack known as the Battle of Britain. As part of the medical service, Dr. Harold Ridley came into contact with Royal Air Force pilots who suffered from eye injuries. Many of these injuries included fragments of airplane canopies which were made of polymethyl methacrylate (aka PMMA or Perspex). In 1949 Dr. Ridley took his observations of Perspex to Rayner of London and together they developed intraocular lenses- the first implant was made November 29, 1949.

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