A Stamp By Any Other Name . . .

The first commoner to appear on a British postage stamp (April 1964) was William Shakespeare in order to mark the 400th anniversary of his presumed birthday.   We say ‘presumed’ because the exact date he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon is not known – English tradition says it was on St George’s Day – which, in the year of his birth occurred on April 23, 1564.