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Inventing History.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

What do the World Wide Web and Stainless Steel have in common? British ancestry!

A new set of stamps from Britain’s Royal Mail is called “Inventive Britain,” and celebrates
eight inventions from the 20th and 21st centuries. The others are D-N-A Sequencing, bionic
limbs, carbon fiber, the world’s first programmable electronic digital computer, fiber
optics, and catseyes.

That last one had me stumped, so I looked it up: Those are the reflecting studs put in
roadways to let drivers know when they’re veering out of their lanes.

The super-computer was called Colossus, and developed during World War Two to help break
Nazi codes – but this isn’t Alan Turing’s machine, seen in the movie “The Imitation Game.”

The eight stamp designs are all eye-catching and colorful.

The postal agency calls inventiveness, quote, “a vital and creative aspect of the national
character” – and isn’t that what stamps are all about?

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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