2003 Churchill Covers

Covers created by Todd Ronnei during 2003 include anniversary covers and first day covers with a Churchill theme.

Honorary American Citizenship

On April 9, 1963, Sir Winston Churchill was granted honorary American citizenship by proclamation of President Kennedy, pursuant to an Act of Congress. Churchill was too frail to travel, so son Randolph and grandson Winston accepted the honor at the White House from Kennedy. This 40th anniversary cover with a Washington, D.C. postmark features JFK and WSC stamps along with a White House stamp.

Same as above, but with a different Kennedy stamp.

Knight of the Garter

The 50th anniversary of Churchill's knighthood by Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. It was a private ceremony; the public ceremony would take place in June 1954.

Coronation of Elizabeth II

First day cover for the British stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of Elizabeth's coronation. Cachet features picture of Churchill on Coronation Day, and the quote is from the radio speech he made to the nation that evening. This cover features the color stamps of the set.

Same as above, but with the black and white stamps from the set.

Greatest Briton

The BBC held a contest in 2002 for the public to name the "Greatest Briton" of all time, and Churchill won. This Great Britons cover was postmarked at Blenheim (Churchill's birthplace), and has a 1983 Blenheim stamp along with a 1974 Churchill Centenary stamp.

Pub Signs

For 2003 the theme of the annual Europa issue was poster art, and Great Britain issued a set of stamps featuring pub sign art. Since there are more than a few British pubs named for Churchill, I created this cover. The postmark is from the Bletchley Park post office; Bletchley Park is where during World War II 12,000 code breakers worked in total secrecy to break the 'unbreakable' German and Japanese codes, providing Churchill and the allies with vital information.

Québec Conference

60th anniversary of the meeting of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Québec City, Québec. Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King was host of the conference (but didn't take part in the meetings). The cover was postmarked in Québec City on the 60th anniversary of the start of the conference, and features Canadian stamps depicting King, Churchill, and Québec City. The cachet features an essay created in 1941 for a Canadian stamp that pictures WSC, King and FDR; the stamp was never issued. A stamp that was issued by El Salvador in 1948 features the three leaders at the conference.

Another Québec Conference anniversary cover. This one reproduces the 1943 cachet created by famed cachet artist Ludwig W. Staehle.

Nobel Prize 50th Anniversary

Churchill was awarded the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his mastery of historical and biographical descriptions as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values." The award was formally announced in London on October 15, 1953 by Swedish Ambassador to Britain Gunnar Hagglof. The cover was postmarked in London on the 50th anniversary of the announcement, and features the 2001 Nobel Literature Prize stamp and a 1974 Churchill Centenary stamp.

This companion cover to the British cover above marks the 50th anniversary of the Nobel Prize award ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. Churchill wanted to accept the award in person, but it conflicted with his summit meeting in Bermuda with President Eisenhower and French Premier Laniel. Churchill's wife accepted the award on his behalf and read his acceptance speech. The cover was postmarked in Stockholm on the 50th anniversary of the ceremony, and features Sweden's 2001 Nobel Prize Centennial stamp.

Teheran Conference Anniversary

The first wartime meeting of the "Big Three" took place in Teheran, Iran from November 28 to December 1, 1943. This cover marking the 60th anniversary of the meeting was postmarked in Persia, Iowa; Churchill preferred "Persia" instead of "Iran" so as to avoid confusion with Iraq. The cover is franked with Roosevelt and Churchill stamps, as well as a stamp from the 1943 World War II anniversary issue of 1993.

Another Teheran Conference anniversary cover. This one reproduces the 1943 cachet created by famed cachet artist Ludwig W. Staehle.

This final Teheran Conference cover is an actual photo envelope produced during the war.

Acknowledgments: Creating covers is great fun, but often times would not be possible without the assistance of other collectors. My thanks to the following individuals who helped me with these covers: